Library Archives

This page cites archives of papers of historic individuals, institutions, methodologies, and application areas.   The first section lists archives of the papers of historic individuals.  The second section lists archives pertaining to institutions, methodologies, and application areas. 

Please inform [email protected] about any OR-related archives that are missing from this list.

Archives of the Papers of Historic OR Individuals

Ackoff, Russell L.

Russell Lincoln Ackoff Systems Thinking Library, c/o Organizational Dynamics Graduate Program, University of Pennsylvania, Alan Barstow, Director  (link)

Arrow, Kenneth J.

Kenneth J. Arrow Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. (link)

Blackwell, David

David Blackwell papers, 1945-1995.  BANC MSS 2001/79,  Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley 

Bonder, Seth

Seth Bonder Papers. Hagley Museum and Library. Wilmington, DE. 

Churchman, C. West

C. West Churchman papers, BANC MSS C-B 1009, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. (link)

Cyert, Richard M.

Richard Cyert Collection (1962 - 1999) Faculty Papers, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries (link) Accessed May 8, 2019

Dantzig, George B.

Hartwig, D & J Johnson (2012) Guide to the George B. Dantzig Papers, Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives. Stanford, CA (link)

Dantzig, G B Collected reprints, 1939-1965.  University of California Archives (Northern Regional Library Facility).  308x D195, volumes 1 and 2. 

David, Jr., Edward E.

David, Edward Emil Jr.  papers.  Collection MC582, Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Edward E. David (White House Central Files: Staff Member and Office Files). Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. (link)

Edwards, Ward

Ward Edwards Papers, Collection no. 0327, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California. (link)

Flood, Merrill M.

Merrill M. Flood Papers 1930-1991. Bentley Historical Library. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (link)

Forrester, Jay W.

Jay W. Forrester Papers, MC 439. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Goodeve, Charles F.

The Papers of Sir Charles Goodeve. GBR/0014/GOEV. Churchill Archives Center. Cambridge, United Kingdom. (link)

Horvath, William J.

William J. Horvath papers, 1940-1985. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Anne Arbor, MI. (link

Hurwicz, Leonid

Leonid Hurwicz Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. (link)

Knuth, Donald

Donald E. Knuth Papers, Special Collections & University Archives, Stanford University Libraries. (link)

Koopmans, Tjalling C.

Staff, Yale University Manuscripts and Archives (1986) Guide to the Tjalling Charles Koopmans papers.  MS 1439 (link)

Kuhn, Harold W.

Harold Kuhn Papers on the Committee on the Structure of the University, Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University (link)

Luce, R. Duncan

R. Duncan Luce Papers. MS.F.028. University of California Irvine:Department of Special Collections and Archives. Irvine, CA. (link

Machol, Robert E.

Box 3, Folder 11. J. L. Kellog Graduate School of Management Banking Research Center Working Papers and Reprints. Banking Research Center. Northwestern University. (link)

Manne, Alan S.

Alan Sussman Manne Papers, 1957-2001. SC0794. Special Collections and University Archives. Stanford University Libraries. Stanford, California. (link)

Markowitz, Harry

Harry M. Markowitz Papers, MC 00408, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC. (link)

Miser, Hugh J.

Hugh J. Miser Papers (MC 551). MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 

Montroll, Elliott W.

Elliott Montroll papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. Accessed March 14, 2019.  (link)

Mood, Alexander

Alexander McFarlane Mood Papers, 1913-2009. Special Collections Department. Iowa State University. (link

Morgenstern, Oskar

Oskar Morgenstern Papers. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Durham, North Carolina. (link)

Morse, Philip M.

Philip McCord Morse Papers.  MIT ArchivesSpace, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections. Identifier MC-0075 (link)

Nance, Richard E.

Richard E. Nance Papers, MC 00283, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC. (link)

Neyman, Jerzy

Jerzy Neyman papers, 1938-1980.   BANC MSS 84/30 (78.2 linear feet) & BANC FILM 2611 (four reels).  Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.  Berkeley, CA.   

Jerzy Neyman, collected reprints.  308x N567 vols 1-3. University of California Archives (Northern Region Library Facility), Richmond CA.   

Ramsey, Frank P.

Frank Plumpton Ramsey Papers, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Collection Number: ASP.1983.01 (link)  Note: all papers in this collection have been digitized and can be accessed from the linked page.

The papers of Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Kings College Archive Centre, Cambridge England.  Janus Reference: GBR/0272/PP/FPR.  (link)


Samuelson, Paul A.

Paul A. Samuelson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. (link)

Sargent, Robert G.

Robert Sargent Papers, MC 00343, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC. (link)

Scarf, Herbert E.

Herbert Scarf papers, Rubinstein Library, Duke University (link)

Shubik, Martin

DaCosta D. et al (2012)  "Guide to the Martin Shubik Papers, 1947-2016 and undated" David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham NC (link)

Simon, Herbert A.

Herbert Simon College. Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh, PA. (link

Solow, Robert

Robert M. Solow Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. (link)

Thomas, Michael E.

Michael Edward Thomas Papers. Archives & Records Management, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. (link

Tucker, Albert W.

Albert William Tucker Pages, 1946-1983. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas. (link)

von Neumann, John

John von Neumann Collection. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The University of Texas at Austin. (link)

Archives of Papers Related to the OR History of Institutions, Methodologies and Application Areas

Cornell University

Byron W. Saunders. Papers, #16\1\2342. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library. (link

University of Michigan

Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (University of Michigan) records, 1957-2003.  Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Accessed December 20, 2018 (link)

National Institute of Standards and Technology/NIST (National Bureau of Standards/NBS)

National Bureau of Standards Quarterly and Semi-Annual reports: Projects and Publications of the Applied Mathematics Division. (link

RAND Corporation

RAND Corporation Archives Available for Scholarly Research (link)  

RANDom News (example issue)  

Stanford Research Institute

William J. Platt papers, Hoover Institution Archives.

Stanford Research Institute Records SC 801, Special Collections, Stanford University.

SRI Alumni Archives, SRI International.


Both Monte Carlo simulation and discrete event simulation are fundamental methodologies in operations research.  

A significant collection of historical materials on computer simulation resides at the North Carolina State University, including the following (excerpted from online material at the NCSU Libraries):

Computer Simulation Oral History Archive, 2003-2016 Collection ID: MC 00488

The Computer Simulation Oral History Archive, 2003-2016, includes video and audio interviews of computer simulation pioneers. The video oral histories of computer simulation pioneers were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and were conducted from 2013-2016. The purpose of this grant initiative was to capture and preserve accounts of seminal projects, related pivotal events, and distinguished project contributors from the perspectives of, and the words of, individuals who witnessed the relevant history of computer simulation firsthand. The importance of collecting these accounts is also based on the remarkable degree to which computer simulation has heavily influenced the design of computing software.

The Computer Simulation Oral History Archive is a part of the Computer Simulation Archive, which was established in 1998 with substantial initial donations of papers and research materials by three pioneers in the field of computer simulation—Robert G. Sargent, Alan Pritsker, and Julian Reitman.

The Computer Simulation Oral History Archive includes interviews conducted from 2003-2016, almost all of which were funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Computer simulation was established as a separate discipline of research and practice during the mid-1950s, with many seminal works in the field published from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the field’s pioneers, simulation encompasses theory, methodology, and practice arising at the interface of applied probability, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, management, manufacturing engineering, operations research, and statistics. The roots of the computer simulation field are revealed in the broad diversity of current application domains in which the development and use of large-scale computer simulation models are critical to the design, improvement, and operational control of computer and telecommunications networks, financial systems, healthcare delivery systems, transportation systems, and governmental and military systems. The field comprises discrete-event simulation, Monte Carlo methods, combined discrete-continuous simulation as well as hybrid analytic/simulation computer models. It is noteworthy that as the field has matured, it has contributed significantly to the evolution of allied disciplines—for example, object-oriented programming in computer science and innovative resampling schemes in statistics.

Winter Simulation Conference Collection, 1968-2003, 2013-2014S\ Collection ID: MC 00598

This collection includes proceedings, 1968-2003, and printed final programs, including exhibit directories, 2013-2014, from the annual Winter Simulation Conference.

Paul F. Roth Papers, 1970-1995  Collection ID: MC 00494

This collection contains items documenting the professional contributions of Paul F. Roth to the field of computer simulation. It includes materials related to CONVERSIM, a teaching simulation language developed by Roth; publications by Roth and others; and proceedings of simulation conferences. Paul F. Roth retired from Virginia Tech as Associate Professor of Computer Science. He also taught at Villanova, Maryland, and South Florida. Roth was a pioneer in the field of Computer Simulation and was twice elected as Chairman of the Association for Computing Machinery's simulation sub-group. His career also included affiliation with the National Bureau of Standards, Burroughs Corporation, and General Electric.

Bernard P. Zeigler Papers, 1962-2011SCollection ID: MC 00542

The Bernard P. Zeigler Papers, 1962-2011, consists of 15 PDF files containing technical reports and early journal articles from when Zeigler was a graduate student and assistant professor at the University of Michigan. It also includes files from unpublished books, as well as presentations and related materials. Bernard P. Zeigler is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. In 1962, he received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964, and a Ph.D. in Computer/Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1968. Zeigler is best known for his theoretical work concerning modeling and simulation performed according to general systems theory, and is well published in his field. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan (1969-1975, 1980-1981), the Weizmann Institute in Israel (1975-1980), Wayne State University (1981-1984), The University of Arizona (1985-2010), and Arizona State University (2005-2008). While in Arizona, Zeigler served as Co-Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Modeling and Simulation (ACIMS). He is currently affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I Center) at George Mason University and is also the Chief Scientist at RTSync Corp.

Alan Pritsker Professional Library, 1952-1992

This collection contains photocopies of the covers and publication information for the books from Alan Pritsker's professional library that were donated to North Carolina State University Libraries from Purdue University in 2003. Alan Pritsker made key contributions to the field of computer simulation as well as industrial engineering and operations research. He published extensively and served on the faculty of Arizona State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Purdue University. Pritsker remained active in numerous professional societies and governmental organizations. He received numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and professional contributions.

Julian Reitman Papers, 1967-1998 Collection ID: MC 00342

Professional papers of Julian Reitman documenting his work in the field of simulation. This collection consists mainly of budget reports and conference proceedings digests from Winter Simulation Conferences, 1968-1998. Additionally there are technical reprints and operational manuals used by Reitman when he was employed by the Norden Division of United Aircraft Corporation. Julian Reitman was the leader of one of the first simulation application groups in industry at the Norden Division of United Aircraft Corporation. They created numerous simulation models of real systems including naval vessel performance, anti-submarine warfare, effectiveness of airborne radar, railed automated highways, air traffic control, message switching in communications, and yield prediction for integrated circuit production. Reitman also was one of the founders of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in 1968. Reitman wrote one of the first simulation textbooks, Computer Simulation Applications: Discrete Event Simulation for Synthesis and Analysis of Complex Systems (1971).

Thomas J. Schriber Collection, 1968-2010 Collection ID: MC 00597

This collection of materials assembled by Dr. Thomas J. Schriber includes important periodicals on the history of computer simulation such as Simulation News Europe and Simuletter, as well as other key publications that Schriber contributed to or collected during his career. Especially significant are publications relating to GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System) program language.

Harry M. Markowitz Papers, 1963, 1965, 1967

This collection contains three simulation programming language books published in 1963, 1965, and 1967. These books are autographed by Harry M. Markowitz. Harry Max Markowitz was born on August 24, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D.(1955) in economics from the University of Chicago with a thesis on the portfolio theory. Markowitz joined the RAND Corporation in 1952.