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John Weil papers

Identifier: MS0408

Scope and Contents

This collection concerns John "Jack" Weil and his career with IBM and Systems Associates, Inc. Also the collection contains considerable genealogical information about the Weil and related families as well as extensive series of journals and information about his membership in Christ Episcopal Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. The collection contains a rare copy of the IBM corporate songbook ca. 1960.


  • Creation: 1960 - 2009
  • Creation: 1980 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note - John "Jack" Weil

Jack Weil was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 11, 1937 to Ernest Philip and Marguerite Barrentine Weil. After his father's death, he and his mother left Maryland for Charlotte, North Carolina. He was a Boy Scout, and became the youngest Eagle Scout in Mecklenburg County at that time. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1954, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1959, and later earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. He was also a member of the United States Air Force. He married Anne Ballenger Weil in 1961 and they had three children: Anna Woodfin Weil (called "Nina"), John Christian Weil, and William Russell Weil. After his college graduation, Weil returned to Charlotte and began working for International Business Machines. He left IBM in 1964 and, after a brief interlude working on the first computers at North Carolina National Bank, co-founded Systems Associates, Inc. As President and later, Chairman of the Board at SAI, he oversaw the company's growth from a small company to one of the country's leading providers of medical software and hardware. Weil retired in 1987 after selling SAI to American Express Information Services. Weil had an active retirement. He spent his time as a passionate amateur photographer and an experienced world traveler and with his wife, children, and eight grandchildren. Like his father before him, Weil struggled with alcoholism. With treatment, he learned to control his addiction and began keeping a daily journal as part of his therapy. Weil died on February 19, 2009 after a period of declining health.

Historical Note - Systems Associates, Inc.

In 1966, John Weil cofounded a software company called Systems Associates, Inc. He served as its president and later as the chairman of the board when SAI became a publically traded company in 1983. SAI made and sold hardware and software to hospitals and clinics. The company's system, SAINT, was one of the most widely respected medical software systems. SAI was bought by American Express Information Services in 1987.


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The collection consists of the papers of John (Jack) Weil, circa 1960-2009. This includes journals, appointment books, papers from Christ Episcopal Church (in Charlotte, NC), Weil family genealogical notes, records from Systems Associates, Inc. and a rare IBM corporate songbook.


The collection is arranged in seven series, some of which are divided into subseries. The nine series are: Address Books (2000-2004), Calendar Planners, Christ Episcopal Church, Genealogical Notes, Journals, Miscellaneous and Systems Associates, Incorporated. These series are arranged alphabetically by series title.

Missing Title

  1. Weil, John William--journals.
  2. Weil, John William, 1937-2009�Diaries.
  3. Weil, John William, 1937-2009�Correspondence.
  4. Weil, John William, 1937-2009�Interviews.
  5. Weil Family.
  6. Systems Associates, Inc.
  7. International Business Machines Corporation�Songs and music.
  8. Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC.
  9. Small business�North Carolina�Charlotte�Growth�History�20th century�Sources.
  10. Medicine�North Carolina�Charlotte�Data processing.
  11. Travelers� writings, American.
  12. Alcoholism�Treatment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from John Weil, in 2008, 2009, and Anna Woodfin Weil Sheehan, in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Louisa Sloan, under the direction of Robert A. McInnes, August, 2010

John Weil papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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