The finding aid for the Walter L. Anderson Papers is now complete and available for researcher use. The materials have been "in process" for quite some time, so we are all excited to finally make them available.
The finding aid can be viewed at:
The Anderson collection spans his extensive professional career in four organizations as well as his membership and leadership positions in IRE-IEEE. Walter's early career began with Engineering Research Associates in the Arlington, VA, facility. Upon that divisions closing, Anderson and some of his coworkers began their own magnetic tape and mechanical device manufacturing firm known as General Kinetics Incorporated. After leaving GKI in the mid 1970s, Walter began working for the United States General Accounting Office, focused in the field of information management, technology, and automatic data processing.
From a personal standpoint, the materials contained within Mr. Anderson's GAO records are a unique look into the area of government internal controls and system auditing. In the public sector during the 1970s, technology audits and system controls were largely dominated by the expertise of one public accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, due in large part to their early relationship with IBM. Government systems audits and controls also operated in a complex environment with more strict guidelines for government auditors and direct accountability to the Comptroller General. The materials cataloged by Walter during his time with the GAO are an invaluable resource for understanding the complex environment of technology audits and system controls both in the public and government sectors.