ACM Opens First 50 Years Backfile

April 7, 2022
ACM has opened the articles published during the first 50 years of its publishing program. These articles, published between 1951 and the end of 2000, are now open and freely available to view and download via the ACM Digital Library.

ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

They later write that in 5 years the full archive, up to the present, will be up public. ACM deserves much credit for this.

Searching for articles with “fortran” up to 1960, you get

The FORTRAN automatic coding system (1957) and 5 other articles.

Searching in the year 2000 there are 197 articles, some from the now discontinued ACM SIGPLAN Fortran Forum, starting with

Gnu Fortran: it’s free crunch time by Andy Vaught (who later forked the project and called it g95).

Content of Fortran 2000 by John Reid

Besides the Fortran Forum, another journal with Fortran content is ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software. Alan Miller modernized many Fortran codes from TOMS.