Additional papers relating to the University of Manchester Department of Computer Science. These collections include the ICL Dispute papers (MUC/5), personal papers of Tom Kilburn (MUC/7), personal papers of Dai Edwards (MUC/8) and papers of Simon Lavington, which relate primarily to the Department (MUC/9); there is also a small collection of University of Manchester theses relating to computing, written by Departmental staff and students (MUC/6).
These materials are very diverse in nature, but they are particularly informative about the Department's contribution to computing from the 1940s to the 1970s, particularly the development of the Mercury, Atlas and MU5 computers (there is less material on the earlier iterations of the Mark I).
The ICL dispute material is particularly valuable because it is wide-ranging in nature, being brought together by the department to demonstrate its contribution to the development of successive computers as part of an intellectual property dispute.
The Kilburn papers are mainly personal in nature concerning his membership of organisations and various awards he received. Dai Edwards' papers are a mixture of original documents, particularly concerning the SSEM and Mark I computers, together with later documents he created or collected relating to the history of these computers. The Lavington papers are similar in nature, and include original and secondary material relating to the Ferranti and Atlas computers, as well as general material concerning the Department of Computer Science