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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 2001

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  • Adelle and Erwin Tomash: honoring a couple's contributions to computer history

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • A perspective on the history of the Charles Babbage Institute and the Charles Babbage Foundation

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 12 - 23
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    Erwin Tomash developed an interest in the history of computing and information processing early in the 1960s. Capping a successful business career many years later, and after a number of exploratory consultations with historians, business colleagues, archives, and museum professionals, he pursued his historical interest by founding the Charles Babbage Institute. View full abstract»

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  • Realizing the concept: a history of the CBI archives

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 29 - 38
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    In this essay, CBI's former and current archivists reflect on the history and evolution of the CBI archives. Bruce H. Bruernmer, CBI's first professional archivist, served in that capacity from 1984 to 1997. Elisabeth Kaplan was appointed CBI archivist in July 1999. View full abstract»

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  • A view from 20 year as a historian of computing

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 49 - 55
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  • Events and sightings

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 105 - 106
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 107 - 108
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  • Subject index

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 108 - 112
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  • CBI/Tomash fellowship: sponsoring a generation of scholars in the history of information processing

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 24 - 28
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    Dissertation research in the history of computing received a major boost with the establishment of the Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship. This fellowship, as the author explains, was part of the Charles Babbage Institute's underlying philosophy. One of the Charles Babbage Institute's foundational concepts to advance scholarship on the history of information processing was providing fellowships fo... View full abstract»

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  • The 'question of professionalism' in the computer fields

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 56 - 74
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    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the "question of professionalism" became a pressing issue for the emerging commercial computer industry. just who was qualified to be a programmer? Competing visions as to the answers to these questions contributed to an ongoing debate that caused turf wars, labor shortages, and varied approaches to professional development. The author explores the many diverse a... View full abstract»

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  • The Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for the history of computing

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 44 - 48
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    The CBI Reprint Series was established in 1981 to make available key works in the history of computing field that warranted a wider distribution and accessibility than available at the time. This article describes the origins and development of the Series, and the part played by the editorial board and the publishers in the reprint program View full abstract»

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  • Building a world-class book collection: the Tomash library

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 39 - 43
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    Although best known in computer history circles through his association with the Charles Babbage Foundation, Erwin Tomash has also been instrumental in building another world-class resource, a special library illustrating the history of computation. This,short article describes his library, its creation, and some of the philosophy behind this endeavor View full abstract»

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  • The chromium-plated tabulator: institutionalizing an electronic revolution, 1954-1958

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 75 - 104
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    The computer promised business of the 1950s an administrative revolution. What it delivered was data processing-a hybrid of new technology and existing punched card machines, people, and attitudes. The author examines how first-generation computers were sold and purchased, and describes the occupations (analyst, programmer, and operator) and departments that emerged around them. This illuminates c... View full abstract»

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  • Erwin Tomash: his life and work

    Publication Year: 2001 , Page(s): 4 - 11
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    Erwin and Adelle Tomash were instrumental in establishing the Charles Babbage Institute, out of which came the highly regarded library, archives, and fellowship program, and, later, the CBI Reprint Series. Before turning his attention to computer history, Erwin played an active role in the computer industry at Engineering Research Associates, Remington Rand, Telemeter Magnetics, Ampex, and especia... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
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