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Building a World-Class Book Collection: The Tomash Library
October-December 2001 (vol. 23 no. 4)
pp. 39-43

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.

1. Engineering Research Associates, High Speed Computing Devices, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1950.
2. N.S. Dodge, "Charles Babbage," Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year 1873, pp. 162-183.
3. N.S. Dodge, "Charles Babbage Eulogy," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 22, no. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2000, pp. 22-43.
4. Robert Recorde's, Grounde of Artes was not the first arithmetic book published in Great Britain. This was, however, by far the most influential arithmetic work published in England. Written in the form of a dialogue between master and pupil, the book had some 28 editions in the 17th century alone. The work was transitional in nature and addresses both reckoning with counters and calculation using Arabic numerals.
5. J. Napier, Rabdologiae seu Numerationis per Virgulas Libri Duo: Cum Appendice de Expeditissimo Multiplicationis Promptuario,Edinburgh, 1617.
6. S.F. Lacroix, An Elementary Treatise on the Differential and Integral Calculus, translated from the French with an appendix and notes; C. Babbage, G. Peacock, and J.F.W. Herschel, translators, Cambridge, UK, 1816.
7. J. Napier, Rabdology, translated by W.F. Richardson, introduction by R.E. Rider, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., and Tomash Publishers, Los Angeles, 1990.
8. Staff of the Computation Laboratory, A Manual of Operation for the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., and Tomash Publishers, Los Angeles, 1985.
9. The Early British Conferences, edited and with an introduction by M.R. Williams and M. Campbell-Kelly, MIT Press, and Tomash Publishers, Los Angeles, 1989.
10. E. Martin, The Calculating Machines [Die Rechenmaschinen],Their History and Development, translated and edited by P.A. Kidwell and M.R. Williams, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., and Tomash Publishers, Los Angeles, 1992.
11. The Moore School Lectures: Theory and Techniques for the Design of Electronic Digital Computers, M. Campbell-Kelly and M.R. Williams, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., and Tomash Publishers, Los Angeles, 1985.
12. Contact Tomash Publishers at Tomash Publishers, PO Box 49613, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Citation:
Michael R. Williams, "Building a World-Class Book Collection: The Tomash Library," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 39-43, Oct.-Dec. 2001, doi:10.1109/85.969961
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