Kenneth L. Thompson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Thompson, Kenneth L.
Kenneth L. Thompson papers
0.1 Cubic feet ==Original Extent Info: 1 item.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Kenneth L. Thompson grew up in South Bend, Indiana and attended Michigan State University, graduating with a B.S. in 1969.

Thompson was appointed assistant director of the Michigan State University's Computer Laboratory in July 1965. Prior to this he worked for the State of Michigan in the Department of Administration and the Michigan State Highway Department.

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Scope and Contents note

The accession consist of a CD-ROM with photographs of early computing and computers and audio of Thompson describing the photographs. The topics include early computing at the state government of Michigan and MSU. He describes the Control Data 3600 computer and Control Data 6500 computers at MSU. There are images of the installation of the computer through the window and the raised flooring, and chillers for cooling. There are also images of punch cards as well as a read-writing arm.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2013

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Computer systems -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Computers
  • Computers -- History

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Collection Inventory

Electronic Resources 


Early Computing at MSU, 1964-1968 1964-1968 


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