Guide to the Winifred Asprey Papers,
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Related Material
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Asprey, Winifred A.|
|Title:||Winifred Asprey Papers|
|Dates:||circa 1920 - 2007|
|Quantity:||10 cubic ft (14 boxes)|
|Abstract:||Materials relating to Winifred Asprey's work as a mathmatician and computer scientist, particularly at Vassar College.|
|Forms of Materials:||Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs|
Winifred "Tim" Asprey was a mathematician and computer scientist. She taught at Vassar College from 1945-1982. During her tenure, Vassar became one of the first U.S. colleges to establish a computer center and offer courses in computer science.
Asprey was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1917. She was the daughter of Peter Asprey Jr. and Gladys Brown Asprey, Vassar Class of 1905. She attended Brownell Hall, a preparatory school in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1933-1934, then went to Vassar herself, graduating in 1938. She completed her graduate work at the University of Iowa in 1945 and returned to Vassar that year to teach in the Math Department. She eventually developed an interest in computing, a new specialization in the mathematics field. She was encouraged in this area by Grace Murray Hopper, another Vassar math professor who had gone on to computing fame for her work with the UNIVAC and applications using COBOL. Hopper had left Vassar by the time Asprey returned, but they maintained a close relationship. Asprey even lived in the house that Hopper and her husband built at Vassar.
Asprey's work went beyond Vassar's walls as well. She conducted research at nearby IBM, taught courses at high schools and other colleges (including Marist and SUNY New Paltz), lectured widely, and was active in the field. She retired in 1982, but stayed active in the Vassar community and continued to live in the Hopper house on the edge of campus until her death in 2007 at the age of 90.
|8 Apr 1917||Born in Sioux City, IA|
|1938||B.A. from Vassar College|
|1942||M.A. from University of Iowa|
|1945||Ph.D. from University of Iowa|
|1963||VC Computer Science Center founded|
|1967||VC purchased IBM System/360 computer|
|1982||Retired from Vassar|
|1989||VC's Asprey Advanced Computation Laboratory opened|
|19 Oct 2007||Died in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.|
Materials relating to Asprey's work as a mathmatician and computer scientist, particularly at Vassar College. Included are biographical materials, research and teaching materials, her writings, and photographs.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.
- For more biographical material see:
- Hopper, Grace Murray.
- Brownell Hall, (Omaha, Neb.)
- Vassar College -- Faculty.
- Vassar College -- Students.
- Computer science -- Study and teaching.
- Mathematics -- Study and teaching.
- Women mathematicians.
- Women college teachers.
- Women computer scientists.
Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 3 February 2009. Updated by Laura Streett July 2009 and May 2012.
Winifred Asprey Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Processed by Laura Streett, 2008. Updated 2012.
Please note: the photographic material in this collection is largely unprocessed. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Materials acquired from the Estate of Winifred Asprey, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
|Box 1||Biography - General|
|Box 1||Biography - Date Books/Journals|
|Box 1||Biography - Interview transcripts, 2007|
|Box 1||Biography - Memorial Service, 2007|
|Box 12||Biography - Clippings and posters|
|Box 12||Biography - Clippings of articles by Jonathan W. Brown (Grandfather?)|
|Box 13||Biography - Scrapbook - Brownell Hall, ca. 1933-1934|
|Box 13||Biography - Scrapbook - Vassar College, ca. 1934-1938 (3 volumes)|
|Box 6||Biography - Scrapbook - 90th Birthday, Vassar College, 2007 (1 volume)|
|Box 13||Biography - Education - Yearbooks (2 volumes)|
|Box 2||Biography - Parents (Peter and Gladys Asprey)|
|Box 1||Biography - Travel|
|Box 2||Biography - Parents (Peter and Gladys Asprey)|
|Box 3||Writings and speeches|
|Box 4, 11||Research and teaching material|
|Box 2, 3||Vassar College|
|Box 14||Vassar College - Asprey Advanced Computation Laboratory plaque|
|Box 6||Vassar College - Asprey Advanced Computation Laboratory Guestbook, 22 Apr 1989|
|Box 6||Vassar College - Clark Symposium Guestbook, Apr 1997|
|Box 2||Grace Hopper|
|Box 2||Larned B. Asprey (brother)|
|Box 2||Charitable work|
|Box 8, 12||Photographs - Portraits of Asprey|
|Box 2||Photographs - Albums (4 albums)|
|Box 6||Photographs - Albums (3 albums)|
|Box 14||Photographs - Albums (4 albums)|
|Box 7-10||Photographs - Miscellaneous Prints|
|Box 5||Photographs - Slides|
|Box 6||Photographs - Clark Symposium, Apr 1997 (1 disk)|
|Box 6||Photographs - Vassar Reunion, 2004 (1 disk)|
|Box 6||Photographs - Scans for 90th birthday (3 disks)|
|Box 6||Photographs - Scans for Memorial Service, 2007 (1 disk)|
|Box 11||Photographs - Lists|
|Box 5||Audio tapes|
|Box 6||Video - Asprey's remarks at Clark Symposium, Apr 1997 (1 disk)|