Archival Projects

W. Ross Ashby Scientific Notebooks:

BCL Publications Microfiche:

Herbert Brün Composition Sheets:

University of Illinois BCL & American Society of Cybernetics Archive:

Since 1999, I have been in contact with members of the American Society of Cybernetics (ASC) who were interested in preserving their records and materials in a permanent archive. I worked with them and with the head archivist, Dr. Maher, at the University of Illinois to have the ASC archives deposited in the archives of the University of Illinois, alongside the arcives of the BCL and Heinz von Foerster's archive (from his Electrical Enigeering office, his main archive from the materials left after he died was moved to the Heinz von Foerster Society at the University of Vienna, Austria). Also included with the ASC materials are a collection of notebooks made by former students of W. Ross Ashby, including Roger Conant, made as lecture notes during his courses. These also include some of his assignments and handouts. These are collected together in the University of Illinois archive alongside the other cybernetics materials there.

Here are the contents:
American Society for Cybernetics/William Ross Ashby Papers, 1945-81, 1945, 1952-72, 1980-81

American Society for Cybernetics Publications, 1943- 11/6/100
Non-ASC Cybernetics Publications, 1990-1993, 1995-1998 11/6/199

Other Cybernetics Materials in the U of I archives:
Heinz von Foerster Papers, 1949-76

Biological Computer Laboratory Contract and Conference File, 1946-73 11/6/17
Biological Computer Laboratory Publications, 1957-1976 11/6/834

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's BCL Pages:

Other Archival Projects: