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WAT means stored in Watson Lab basement, 612 West 115th Street, NYC 10025.Update: Columbia threw out the WAT items in September 2013.This is a 1984 hardbound reprint by MIT Press: Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for the History of Computing.

The projects themselves are fascinating, about 100 pages of project description in each volume, about 5 projects per page. Operating procedures for the IBM 360/91 and other machine room equipment, such as (for example) magnetic tape drives, mountable disk drives, line printers, our Gould flatbed plotter and the Stromberg-Carlson graphics unit (which created color slides, complete with film developing, with occasional chemical leaks and/or fires), not to mention the chilled water supply for the water-cooled 360/91, and the gigantic motor generator in the basement.

Other Columbia scientists used the Watson Lab facilities in their research. The last five or six books on the list are not specifically about Watson Lab, but include material on computing at Columbia University before Watson Lab was established, or other relevant material.

Eckert, Wallace J., Punched Card Methods in Scientific Computation, The Thomas J.

Also see Box 3 for copies of his correspondence and many of his papers. Smith, Jr., IBM Watson Laboratory, Columbia University: Astronomical Papers prepared for the use of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac, US Naval Observatory, Volume XIX, Part II: "The Solution of the Main Problem of the Lunar Theory by the Method of Airy", US Government Printing Office (1966). Dick, Steven J., Sky and Ocean Joined, Cambridge University Press (2003). Dick, eds., Proceedings, Nautical Almanac Office Sesquicentennial Symposium, US Naval Observatory, Washington DC, March 3-4, 1999.

History of the US Naval Observatory 1830-2000, including the tenure Wallace Eckert, 1940-45. A wealth of information on the Eckert years at USNO. In 19 the Columbia Computer Center published annual Project Abstracts, in which every single research, instruction, and administrative project carried out on the IBM 360/91 was listed, as well as publications resulting from these projects. I would call this the Golden Age of the Computer Center, reflecting an unparalleled degree of collaboration between the faculty and the Computer Center and the accomplishment of much work that might well have had an impact on the real world — medicine, social research, physical sciences, engineering, every field was represented.

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