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by Paul McJones last modified 2017-10-03 09:19


Paul McJones, editor



Cover of Lisp 1.5 Programmer's Manual

The goal of this project is to collect, preserve, and present source code, design documents, and other materials concerning the original LISP I/1.5 system, and as many of its follow-ons as possible. LISP was one of the earliest high-level programming languages and introduced many ideas such as garbage collection, recursive functions, symbolic expressions, and dynamic type-checking; it is still in use. This is a project of the Computer History Museum's Software Preservation Group. The editor appreciates comments, suggestions, and donations of additional materials.





This project is dedicated to Professor Doctor Herbert Stoyan, who has dedicated many years to tracing the development of Lisp from its birth in John McCarthy's project at M.I.T. through its world-wide diaspora, and who very generously donated his Lisp archives to the Computer History Museum: the Herbert Stoyan Collection on LISP Programming, Lot Number X5687.2010. Stoyan's collection may be searched via the finding aid or the Museum's catalog.

Many other people contributed information, manuals, and software:

  • Bob Abeles, Paul W. Abrahams, John R. Allen, Jeff Barnett, Bruce G. Baumgart, Alan Bawden, David Betz, Fred Blair, Robert Brayton, Daniel G. Bobrow, Phil Budne, Alexander Burger, Howard I. Cannon, George Carrette, Jérôme Chailloux, Masaomi Chiba, Rich Cornwell, L. Peter Deutsch, Deborah Douglas, Daniel J. Edwards, John R. Ellis, Edward Feigenbaum, Robert R. Fenichel, Edward Fredkin, Tayssir John Gabbour, Richard P. Gabriel, Richard Greenblatt, Adolfo Guzmán-Arenas, Anders Haraldsson, Jack Harper, Timothy P. Hart, Lowell Hawkinson, Zane H. Healy, Charles L. Hedrick, Steven O. Hobbs, Rainer Joswig, Robert L. Kirby, Jon Kleiser, Tom Knight, Al Kossow, Alan Kotok, Michael I. Levin, John Lewis, Paco Linux, Emílio C. Lopes, John D. Lowrance, Andru Luvisi, Kazimir Majorinc, Klim Maling, Larry Masinter, J.P. Massar, Blake McBride, John McCarthy, Harold V. McIntosh, Jim Meehan, Jonathan K. Millen, The MIT Press, David A. Moon, Joel Moses, Daniel L. Murphy, Marvin L. Minsky, Beryl Nelson, Eric Norman, Julian Padget, Chris Perdue, Kent M. Pitman, Dave Pitts, Lynn H. Quam, Thomas C. Rindfleisch, SDF Public Access UNIX System (TWENEX.ORG), Stephen R. Russell, Robert A. Saunders, Raymundo Segovia, Carl Shapiro, Stanley T. Shebs, Tim Shoppa, Olin Sibert, Guy L. Steele Jr., Bob Supnik, Tetsuro Tanaka, Warren Teitelman, Graham Toal, David Touretzky, Alberto Verjovsky, Björn Victor, Eiiti Wada, Clark Weissman, JonL White, and Robert Yates.


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