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Computer Science Audiovisual Collection

Identifier: 2018-0018

Scope and Contents

The Computer Science Videotape Collection contains over 400 videos of compelling lectures, discussions, classes, and demonstrations led by computer science pioneers from Carnegie Mellon University, private industry and other academic institutions. The videos were recorded between 1970 and 1993 and feature more than 20 Turing Award winners, as well as many under-recognized scientists and practitioners. Topics range from artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and robotics, to nascent programing languages, computer architecture and computing theory.

The majority of the recordings in this collection are on two obsolete video formats, ½ EIAJ open-reel and U-Matic. In order to view a video from the collection, it must be digitized. The University Archives is actively digitizing videos from this collection on an on-going bases. To access videos that have been digitized go here: For access to the transcripts of digitized videos please contact the University Archives.


  • 1970-1993

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Recordings must be digitized in order to be viewed. Contact the University Archives for more information.


23 Linear feet (23 boxes )




The collection has been organized into three series: Computer Science Lectures, Demonstrations, and Miscellaneous. Within each series, the tapes have been organized by the speakers last name.
Computer Science Videotape Collection
In Progress
Emily Davis and Kate Barbera
May 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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