IEEE-USA History Project

Just yesterday I posted on preserving the the history of the computing field, musing at the end that digitization projects could save a lot of documents.

Well, what comes along today in the latest What’s New @ IEEE for Students is a note about the IEEE-USA History Project:

Digital Archives, Organization’s Four Decades of Service Unveiled
IEEE-USA is building a digital archive featuring documents and photos of its 36-year history of promoting the careers and public policy interests of U.S. IEEE members. Part of the IEEE-USA History Project, the archive features:

  • An overview of the first four decades of IEEE-USA from 1973-2009
  • A listing of IEEE-USA’s leaders from 1973 to date, including photos of boards of directors from 1998
  • A detailed description of IEEE-USA’s formation and its first 10 years (1973-1983), including an IEEE Spectrum special report on the constitutional referendum that added professional activities to the IEEE constitution
  • A look at IEEE-USA growth and maturity from 1984-1999, with annual reports covering the 15-year period
  • A glimpse of IEEE-USA in the 21st Century from 2000-present, including annual reports from 2002-2008, years in review from 2005-2008 and program handbooks for 2007-2008
  • Program histories, including IEEE-USA’s Student Professional Awareness Conferences (S-PACs)

John Meredith, IEEE-USA’s 2007 president, is leading the IEEE-USA History Project. Meredith chaired the 2009 IEEE Conference on the History of Technical Societies, in Philadelphia from 5-7 August, and made a presentation on IEEE-USA history.

Bravo, IEEE!

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