PETER H. HUYCK PAPERS

MsC 757

Collection Dates: (1974-1980)
(Bulk Dates: 1974-1980)
1.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List


Administrative Information

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Scope and Contents

Peter H. Huyck collaborated with Nell W. Kremanek on drafts of an early book -- Huyck believes it may have been the first book -- on the theory (rather than the practice) of computer programing. The first draft was written in the smoking lounge on the fourth floor of Main Library, The University of Iowa, in 1974. It was not immediately accepted for publication and endured considerable editing by several prospective publishers before being brought out by McGraw-Hill in 1980 with the title Design and Memory: Computer Programming in the Twentieth Century.

The collection includes three early drafts, marked proof sheets, and correspondence with publishers. The subject of the book was very much a moving target during the period of composition, a fact reflected in the revision and editorial process.


Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Peter H. Huyck in August 2002.

Guide posted to Internet: August 2004.


Box Contents List

Box 1, folder

1. “First draft, written in the 4 th floor smoking lounge at U. of I. Libraries from Jan/Feb 1973 to July/Aug 1974.” Written in ballpoint ink on yellow second sheets; some other materials interspersed.

2. ----.

3. Second draft. Second sheets with holograph sections and typed fragments variously taped to them.

4. ----.

5. ----.

Box 2, folder

1. ----.

2. Third draft. Typescript.

3. ----.

4. ----.

5. ----.

Box 3, folder

1. Huyck, Peter H. and Nell W. Kremenak. Design and Memory: Computer Programming in the Twentieth Century. Photocopy. Envelope note: “Best original version”.

2. ----. A later version with stamp of Hy Cohen Literary Agency, Ltd. ( New York) and “comments in red by BR 5/79”).

3. ----. Page proofs with corrections marked.

4. ----. Duplicate set of page proofs copy marked “indexing copy”.

5. ----. Index drafts and page proofs.

6. ----. Publishers’ correspondence with PHH note: “correspondence with the first publisher, the second (who bought out the first while the book was in process but did not like it), and the third, who published it.

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