(The following is excerpted from the EXPLAIN HISTORY command on DCTS.)
In September, 1963, under the direction of mathematics professors John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz, a project to establish a time-sharing system at
Dartmouth got under way. The fruits of this project were BASIC, a simplified programming language, and a time-sharing system -- using the GE-235 and
Datanet-30 computers. This system began operations in May, 1964. In 1965, Dartmouth placed off-campus terminals in secondary schools in the area. At
the same time, other computer installations began to use Dartmouth's system software.
Dartmouth/GE Paper: "The Dartmouth Time-Sharing System" (1964)
The Kiewit Computing Center and the Dartmouth Time-Sharing System: brochure describing Kiewit and DTSS.
The Evolving Time-Sharing System at Dartmouth College: article from Computers and Automation, Sep. 1965.
Dartmouth Time-Sharing: article from Science, October 1968.
Multics Chronology. Timeline and mini-history spanning 1959-2000.
Dartmouth College Time-Sharing Marks a Quarter of a Century: news release from Dartmouth News, April 27th, 1989.
Nancy Broadhead provided a tape from 1974, "Reminiscences of DTSS" from Pioneer Day. Several original
users/creators describe the system and tell stories. Total length is about one hour. [Part 1] | [Part 2]
These audio files are in MP3 format. Part 1 is about 33 MB, and part 2 is about 12 MB. If
you have an MP3 player with streaming capability (Apple's iTunes program is one), then
you can "Open Stream" and paste in http://www.dtss.org/remin1974-1.mp3 (or part 2)
and it will play over the Internet instead of downloading to your local machine.
Steven Hobbs has provided a transcript of this session: [PDF] (approx. 1.7 MB) | [HTML]
"Everyone a Programmer": A mini-biography of John Kemeny, by Jay Robert Hauben.
Kemeny Birthday Tribute by Akos Herman. Also available in Hungarian.
Local copies in case of broken links: [English] | [Hungarian]
(The Reminiscences audio/transcript above also provides some biographical information about many of the key members of the original DTSS team.)
"Ode to a Computer -- "G.E. 235 We Sing Thy Praises", from The Dartmouth newspaper's Kiewit Supplement, December 2, 1966.
Joe Hill found this artifact with Google: "Dartmouth Kiewit System" by The Lone Ranger
This is a 1986 BBS textphile describing the Kiewit network and DTSS from a hacker's standpoint. Contains some foul language.
These are my (Marion) session logs from the first time I ever logged on to DCTS (the later version of DTSS). I had no clue what I was doing. :)
(more coming soon...)