Tomash Computing Library Now Online

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 October, 2009 – The Erwin Tomash Library, one of the most comprehensive collections of books and manuscripts on the history of computing, is now available on the IEEE Computer Society website at

The nearly 1,600-page-long catalog was put together, over many years, by Erwin Tomash, a pioneer in the development of computers.

The collection consists of more than 5,000 items, ranging from 12th Century manuscripts to modern publications. This catalog documents about 3,000 rare items, most from before 1955, and essays explaining the uses of little-known instruments and techniques.

Each entry consists of the usual bibliographic details, some biographical information on the author, a description of the contents, and illustrations of interesting pages and diagrams. Further information about the collection can be had by reading the Preface and the Author's Note in the Appendix.

Nearly 16,000 images were scanned during the creation of the catalog.The illustrations can be accessed by clicking on the "Access Illustrations" link at the end of the menu on the left-hand side of this web page.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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