On the blog this week, Curator of Special Collections Sam Lemley reflects on the legacy of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, the founding benefactor of CMU’s Special Collections and an important collector and scholar of early books on botany. CMU’s Hunt Library, named for Rachel and Roy A. Hunt, was dedicated 59 years ago on 10 October, 1961.
“I propose to consider the question, Can machines think?” This sentence opens Alan Turing’s paper, ‘"Computing Machinery and Intelligence," a landmark text in the history of computing that approaches the status of a manifesto for artificial intelligence.
Mary Shaw, A.J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science recently gave her papers to the University Archives, where they will eventually be made available for research into her long and important career in computer science.
Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries continues to grow distinctive and unique holdings relating to the history of science and technology with the recent addition of two AT&T Mod II Picturephones.
This post originally appeared as an article by Julie Mattera in the May 29, 2020 edition of Carnege Mellon Univeristy News.
With the ongoing speculation around the development of a viable COVID-19 vaccine, there’s no better time to revisit the history of vaccination.
Figure1. From Folger Library Folio 5, Tragedies page 39 [dd2r] (STC 22273 Fo.1 no.05)
As we all anxiously await the outcome of ongoing clinical trials seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, Carnegie Mellon University scholars, students, faculty, and staff might be surprised to learn that the Posner Collection holds a first-edition copy of the foundation text of modern immunology and vaccination: Edward Jenner’s "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Counties of England" (London, 1798). In this scholarly blog post, Dr. Samuel Lemley, Curator of Special Collections, examines the item.
Mary Kay Johnsen’s career as the Special Collections Librarian at the University Libraries began September 15, 1982. Before it comes to an end this summer, with Johnsen’s retirement after 38 years of service, we sat down to capture some of her favorite memories.