Accession GA165 - Dr. Donald D. Cowan fonds.

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Dr. Donald D. Cowan fonds.

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1.27 m of textual records
2639 photographs : col. slides, some b&w ; 35 mm
127 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm
3 photographs : b&w transparencies ; 20 x 25 cm
216 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 28 x 36 cm or smaller
3 audio cassettes

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Donald D. Cowan is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus (1999) and Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. He received a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1960 and an MSc and PhD from the University of Waterloo in Applied Mathematics in 1961 and 1965 respectively. He joined the Faculty of the University of Waterloo in 1961 and was the first chair of the Dept. of Applied Analysis and Computer Science, now the School of Computer Science (1967 to 1972) and also served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics (1974 to 1978). Donald D. Cowan is Director of the Computer Systems Group, a computer science research group at the University of Waterloo in which he has been involved since the early 1960's.

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Material created and accumulated by Donald Cowan related to his career at the University of Waterloo and contributions to the field of computer science.

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Donated by Dr. Donald D. Cowan in 2004.


Arranged in series as follows:

1. Personal files
2. University of Waterloo : employment and professional files
3. University of Waterloo : teaching files
4. Research
5. Manuscripts
6. Publications
7. Conference, workshop and seminar materials
8. Audio-visual materials

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  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

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Some files in this fonds contain personal information and are restricted due to privacy concerns.

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Copyright University of Waterloo Library.

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One file in the fonds includes an example of racist imagery. This content has been flagged in file 108 in keeping with Special Collections & Archives’ approach to language in archival descriptions, which prioritizes speaking openly about and identifying racism in the department’s holdings. This approach, while potentially upsetting, allows for the critical assessment and questioning of historical material by contemporary researchers.

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Described by CW and edited by JB 2005.
Revised by NM 2023.

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  • English

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