From the Archives: New “Computing at Mount Sinai” Exhibit

The latest quarterly exhibits from the collections of the Mount Sinai Archives are now on display in the Annenberg elevator lobby. This spring, the main exhibit focuses on the history of computing at Mount Sinai, from the mainframe era of the 1960s to the modern era of ubiquitous devices and Big Data. Did you know that in 1965 Mount Sinai was the first hospital in the world, and the first institution of any kind in New York City, to purchase IBM’s state-of-the-art System/360 mainframe computer? This is just one of many computing milestones celebrated by this season’s exhibit.

[Pictured: Dr. John Boland of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Dr. Jack Hahn of the Laboratory of Computer Science inspect a computer terminal, 1974.]

The spring Nursing exhibit, underneath the stairs to the Stern Auditorium, celebrates the life of Florence Nightingale, whose birthday is the reason Nurses’ Week is held annually in mid-May. Two original volumes of Nightingale’s work are on display, including a copy of Notes on Hospitals which belonged to Dr. S.S. Goldwater, Director of the Hospital from 1903 to 1929. The volumes will be opened to a different page every few weeks so that viewers can inspect a wide sample of Nightingale’s pioneering work.