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This special issue of the Annals of the History of Computing does not present a formal history of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS). Instead, it is an attempt-at a quarter-century milestone-to take a look at how AFIPS got to where it is today, as viewed by some of the key leaders in both its formation and its brief existence. A formal history will only be possible at some distant time. For now, AFIPS's corporate presence is in itself a phenomenon of interest not only to its component individuals, but also to the ever-expanding constituency evolving from the current computer revolution.

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Annals of the History of Computing  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )