Scope and arrangement
The John Rothman papers (1964-1990) contain records from Rothman's tenure as The New York Times director of Information Services (1967-1975), director of Research and Information Technology (1975-1981), and director of Archives (1981-1990). The papers consist of memoranda and reports documenting Rothman's leadership role the development of The New York Times Information Bank, other information technologies, and the archives. Of note are the monthly reports that summarize Rothman's activities as Director of Research and Information Technology (1975-1981). The collection features articles about Rothman's activities at The Times, and photographs of Rothman.
Also present are Rothman's speeches and writings on copyright, information management, and technological changes in the field of information science. These speeches and writings files include some background articles and speeches by others that Rothman drew on for his research. This section also consists of slides depicting Information Bank hardware and screenshots of Information Bank queries; an audio recording of a talk Roth gave at the 1977 Information Industry Association conference, "Behind the Scenes in the Information Industry: Who? Why? How?"; and a video of Rothman and Congressman Charles G. Rose discussing The Times Information Bank in 1974.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by file title.