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J. Wesley Graham fonds

Graham, J. Wesley (James Wesley), 1932-1999.
J. Wesley Graham fonds. - 1946-1999.

30.75 m of textual records and other material.

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bookplate for the J. Wesley Graham fondsJames Wesley Graham was a Canadian computing pioneer who was known as the "father of computing" at the University of Waterloo and who was "chiefly responsible for the university's international reputation in software development." (Donn Downey, The Globe and Mail).

Born in Copper Cliff, Ontario on Jan. 17, 1932, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Toronto from 1950-1955. He worked for IBM Canada until 1959 when he joined the University of Waterloo. At first he taught statistics in the the Dept. of Mathematics where a "Computing Centre" was established in 1960. When it became a separate department in 1962, he became the director. He pioneered the creation of software to support education, especially in the teaching of computer programming and in making computing accessible. In the 1960's he worked with the Ministry of Education to develop computer programming instruction courses for high school students. He received the Order of Canada in 1999 for his contributions to computer science. James Wesley Graham died in 1999.

The fonds contains material relating to the life and career of James Wesley Graham. It consists of six series with
subdivisions: 1. Biographical and historical files, 1955-1998; 2. Personal files, 1946-1999; 3. Works by J.W. Graham, 1957-1999; 4. University of Waterloo files, 1957-1997; 5. University of Waterloo teaching files, 1958-1994; 6. Oversize materials.

Title from content of the fonds.

Includes: computer diskettes, photographs, artifacts.

Donated in 2001 by the estate of James Wesley Graham.

Some files are restricted.

Copyright owned by the estate.

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There have been two accruals to this fonds:
GA144 : J. Wesley Graham fonds, accrual 2003
GA180 : J. Wesley Graham fonds, accrual 2006

Call number: GA133

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