An experiment in information searching with the 701 calculator
Journal of library automation
Tillitt, Harley E
Abstract: Harley. E. Tillitt began experiments on storage and searching of a coordinate index using an IBM 701 Calculator soon after the machine arrived in September 1953 and the then Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, California. By April 1954 Mr. Tillitt''s program was operational, searching the Library''s coordinate index, which had been converted to a truncated machine readable form. In early May 1954 Mr. Tillitt present the following paper, describing his system, at an IBM Computation Seminar at Endicott, New York. The paper is believed to be the first report on library-related computerization and is here printed for the first time because of its historic importance.