This was recommended to me by Darius Bacon a few years ago. I think the context was that I was asking if people wrote doctoral theses that are enjoyable to read, in the hope of actually being able to read and understand one. This is really nicely written. I'm not sure how Darius got onto it.|
Alan Bawden (the author) is one of the "golden era" MIT AI-lab hackers. I don't know very much about his other work, but he sometimes chimes in on the lightweight-languages mailing list, and has some entertaining contributions in a Unix Hater's Handbook.
A really splendid thing he's done is the Incompatible Timesharing System website. That contains tarballs of the file systems of the last two ITS machines, and is a real treasure trove. Among other things it contains the TECO sources to ITS Emacs, the Maclisp Manual ("Moonual"), and (I believe) the archive of Common Lisp's definition and standardisation effort (which was conducted over email).
Let us know if you find some treasures in there!
P.S., sorry about the slip of linking to a big postscript file without mentioning the author's name!