Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
folder 1: David Evans
Item 1 accompanied the University of Utah document in the folder. Item 7 was labeled "Ivan's fairy godmother (and friend)." Item 8 is labeled as being sent from Tom Stacey of Bloomington, MN.
folder 2-3: Evans & Sutherland Employees
folder 4: Evans & Sutherland Employees
Item 1 is the Evans & Sutherland sponsored women's softball team from the summer of 1982. Item 2 is a group shot of ten-year employees. Item 3 is a photo of Duan Aplyka composing a self-portrait using computer graphics.
folder 5: David W. Evans Advertising
Proofs of Evans & Sutherland equipment.
folder 6: Deseret News
Photos of Evans & Sutherland equipment, personnel, work space and David Evans.
folder 7: Picture System Equipment
folder 8: Flight Simulator
folder 9: Miscellaneous Equipment
folder 10: Personnel and Equipment Slides
folder 11: Romulus, Picture System and Digistar
Slides with a written description.
folder 12: Redifon (1975-1977)
Product graphics examples.
folder 13-16: CT5; 2, 15, 3
Flight and driving simulation graphics, 1981.
folder 17: CT5A (1983)
Flight and driving simulation graphics
folder 18: CT5 (1984)
"2D texture with clouds"
folder 19: CT5A (1982)
"AV-8 Harrier and A-10"
folder 20: CT5
Flight simulation graphics, slides
folder 21-25: Novoview (1977 - 1982)
SP1, SP2 and SP3 flight simulation graphics
folder 26: Novoview
Flight simulation graphics, slides
folder 27: Picture System
folder 28: Picture System 300 (1982)
folder 29-30: Romulus
folder 31: Romulus
folder 32: Romulus (1982)
folder 33: Day/Nite CGI System (1977)
folder 1: Presentation Transparencies
Possibly used for a Royal Aeronautical Society speech given by David Evans, 1977.
folder 2-3: Graphics Presentation
folder 4: Picture System Demonstration
Accompanied by written material, 1977.
folder 5-6: Slide Presentation
Accompanied by a description of the slides, 1982.
folder 7-8: University of Utah Computer Center
folder 9-11: Illustration Sets
folder 12: Simulation Systems Slides (1982)
folder 13: Calendar Slides (1982)
folder 14: Star Trek
Slides of graphics for a motion picture
folder 15-24: Computer Graphics
The unidentified items in these folders were grouped together in the original collection.
folder 25: Flight Simulation (1977)
folder 26: Space Shuttle Simulation Slides
folder 27-33: Miscellaneous Graphics
Images of aircraft, watercraft, airport runways, molecular models, spheres, rings, the United States Capitol, structures and texture planes.
folder 1-3: Miscellaneous Graphics
Images of geometric shapes, color charts, typefaces, and other objects.
folder 4-6: Miscellaneous Graphics
Polaroid prints, transparencies and slides.
folder 7-9: Corporate Overview Slide Presentation (1983)
Accompanied by narration instructions in folder 9
folder 10: Evans & Sutherland Financial (Circa 9182)
Slides of financial graphs
folder 11: Univac
Images of computer graphics capabilities
folder 12: Computervision
Polaroid images of products and work space.
folder 13: Robert Livingston (1978)
Slides presenting research on quantitative neurology performed at the University of California. These are accompanied by correspondence and a description of the images.
folder 14: Dock Scenes
folder 15: Report (1973)
Earnest, Lester; ed. Final Report: The First Ten Years of Artificial Intelligence Research at Stanford. Microfiche and attached infor-mation.
folder 16: Brent Baxter
Images used in Baxter's thesis.
folder 17: Volkswagen
Scenes and results of students' work on a computer graphics project, with accompanying documents.
folder 18: Unidentified
Images used in the development of computer graphics technology
folder 19: Miscellaneous Slides
folder 20: Greeting Card (1973)
Received from Shohei Takada of Hitachi Electronics, Ltd. Photo shows Evans and Takada outside of Evans & Sutherland's original University of Utah headquarters.
folder 21: Tomography
Photographs originally attached to correspondence from R. Robb, August 27, 1980, in Ms 625, Bx 4, Fd 1.
folder 22: Evans & Sutherland Buildings
Item 1 was originally attached to correspondence from Fowler/ Ferguson/Kingston/Ruben Architects, September 8, 1980 in Ms 625, Bx 41, Fd 2. Items 2-6 were attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 41, Fd 15.
folder 23: Computer Graphics
A microfiche and glass slide originally attached to correspondence from John S. Massey, June 10, 1979 in Ms 625, Bx 42, Fd 23.
folder 24: Attached Photographs
Item 1 is a photograph of Jerome Elkine, senior vice-president of Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., and Ivan Sutherland examining the Line Drawing System. Originally attached to the press release in Ms 625, Bx 56, Fd 22. Item 2 is a polaroid image of a model airplane used for computer graphics development originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 58, Fd 22. Item 3 is a computer graphics image originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 63, Fd 13.
folder 25: Mosaic Systems
Photographs of personnel and products originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 85, Fd 30.
folder 26: Space Shuttle Simulation
Images originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 90, Fd 28.
folder 27: Cadware
Photograph of a Wang keyboard and terminal originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 126, Fd 12.
folder 28: TICCIT
Photographs originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 129, Fd 25.
folder 29: Racom International
Photographs of a flight simulator cockpit originally attached to materials in Ms 625, Bx 131, Fd 8.
folder 30: United States Robots
Photographs of products originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 133, Fd 14.
folder 31: Mach Band Effects
Originally attached to material in Ms 625, Bx 137, Fd 28.
folder 32: Research Proposal (1974)
Originally attached to University of Utah material in Ms 625, Bx 141, Fd 31.
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
David Cannon Evans was born on February 24, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the son of David W. and Beatrice C. Evans. His father was the founder and president of David W. Evans, Inc., an advertising firm. He married Joy Frewin in 1947, and is the father of seven children.
Evans attended the University of Utah, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1949 and his Doctorate in Physics in 1953. After completing his education, he was employed by the Bendix Corp. as Senior Physicist in the Computer Division. In 1955, he was promoted to Director of Engineering of the Computer Division. This position gave him responsibility for research, development and product design of commercial computing systems and special purpose information processing systems for military and industrial applications. Two of the most noteworthy projects he directed while at Bendix were the innovative G-20 computing system and the G-15 computer, the first inexpensive general purpose computer to be mass produced.
In 1962, Evans joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. He later became the University's first Director of Computer Science in 1965, becoming the main force in the founding of the Computer Science Department there. During his years at the University of Utah, Evans pioneered time-shared computing systems, as well as real-time continuous-tone computer graphics. Other research activities included the hidden-line problem, syntax-directed computers, constraint processor declarative languages, and memory systems. Evans left his full-time position at the University in 1966, but continued his involvement with the institution as an Adjunct Professor. In 1967, he served on the University of Utah Academic Policy Committee.
During the same years he was employed by the University of Utah, Evans was also a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Associate Director of the Computer Center at the University of California at Berkeley. During this time, he was the principal investigator of a project sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (U. S. Dept. of Defense) aimed at improving computer-aided problem solving capabilities.
Along with Ivan Sutherland, Evans founded Evans & Sutherland Computer Corp. in 1968, serving as President and/or Chief Executive Officer until his retirement.
Throughout his life, Evans was involved in numerous professional organizations. These included the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, the American Electronics Association, the Utah Engineers Council, the Association for Computing Machinery, the National Research Council's Committee on Computer-Aided Manufacturing, the Committee for Computer Science in Electrical Engi-neering, and various university advisory committees, among others. In addition, he was also involved in community service, participating in directorial capacities for Westminster College and Holy Cross Hospital. He was also Vice Chair of the State of Utah Steering Committee for Systems Planning and Computing, and involved with the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life.
HISTORY OF EVANS & SUTHERLAND
Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation was founded by David Evans & Ivan Sutherland in 1968. The first offices for the company were in a building on the University of Utah campus. Eventually, the company found a permanent home in the University of Utah Research Park, where it grew to a company occupying four buildings and employing 830 people, with sales of 60 million, by 1982. Before going public, the company was privately held and backed by a group of eastern investment groups. These included Venrock, the Venture Capital Investment Co. of the Rockefeller family, the Endowment Management and Research Corp., GCA Corp., and Hambrecht & Quist investment bankers.
The company was one of the first developers of interactive graphics. The first product produced by the company was the Line Drawing System, a high-speed interactive graphics display system patterned after a prototype based on research done by Dr. Sutherland at Harvard University. The application of the Line Drawing System to flight simulation followed its introduction.
Along with advanced versions of the Line Drawing System, other computer graphics systems have been developed by the company. Novoview was a family of computer image generators which produce visual scenes for use in pilot training simulation. This product was the outcome of Evans & Sutherland's collaboration with Redifon/Rediffusion, a European company specializing in computer simulation. The Picture System product line was a three-dimensional graphics system which yielded smooth motion computations for rotation, trans-lation, clipping, scaling and zoom display requirements. Other products, including Digistar, a system which adapted computer graphics for projection displays in planetariums, have also been developed by the company.
In addition to its collaboration with Redifon/Rediffusion, Evans & Sutherland purchased or invested in other companies to enhance their product line. These include Shape Data, VLSI Technologies, Inc., Mosaic Systems, and Unicad. Major customers included many commercial airlines, Volkswagen, General Motors, McDonnell Douglas, the United States Dept. of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Boeing, General Dynamics, General Electric, International Business Machines, and Northrup.
Content Description +/-
The photographs and slides in this collection were extracted from Ms 625, the David C. Evans papers. Evans was a co-founder and chief officer of Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah, with which most of the papers in Ms 625 are concerned. AS a result, the items in this photographic collection, for the most part, document the personnel, facilities, business activities and products of Evans & Sutherland. The bulk of this collection provides a view of the computer graphics capabilities of Evans & Sutherland products.
Box 1, folders 1-10 contain images of David C. Evans, his wife, and some colleagues; other Evans & Sutherland personnel, including Ivan Sutherland and other chief officers; and Evans & Sutherland production space and computer equipment. Folders 11-33 of this box contain images produced by Evans & Sutherland products, namely, Romulus, Novoview, the Picture System, Digistar, CT5 and Day/Nite CGI System.
Box 2, folders 1-6 contain photographs and slides used in Evans & Sutherland presen-tations to customers and other interested parties. Folders 7-11 contain illustration sets used for unidentified texts. Folders 12-33 hold miscellaneous images of computer graphics for which no product source is indicated, as do folders 1-6 in box 3.
Folders 7-20 in box 3 contain a miscellany of images concerned with the Evans & Suther-land Corp. and the computer graphics science and industry. Folders 21-32 contain photos, slides, and microfiche removed from various parts of Ms 625, as indicated below.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Administrative Information +/-
Collection is arranged topically.
Mark Jensen July 1993
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EAD Creation Date:
5 April 2004
David C. Evans Audiovisual Collection A0341