The Archives of Scientific Philosophy website describes the holdings of important collections at the University of Pittsburgh. These collections act as archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy, that is, philosophy that has been influenced by scientific thinking and practices. The archives themselves include the publications, notes, lectures, and correspondence of such influential figures as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, Herbert Feigl, and Rose Rand. In addition to these collections of physical documents, there are microfiches of some of Ludwig Wittgenstein's papers, and a 300-reel microfilm archive for the History of Quantum Physics. The website also has a page on some of the archive's smaller collections relevant to this topic, and a page of practical information for scholars needing to locate and access particular documents.
This web resource describes the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling holdings forming the special collection at the Valley Library of Oregon State University. Linus Pauling (1901-1994) is considered one of the foremost scientists of the twentieth century, and is the only person every to win two individual Nobel Prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and peace in 1962. His textbook 'General Chemistry' has been a mainstay of undergraduate curricula. The collection includes all of the Paulings' personal and scientific papers, notebooks, and correspondence from 1916 to the present. There are more than half a million items altogether. The website organises the holdings by material type and alphabetical order, returning the catalogue code for each item along with a brief summary of what it includes and what date it covers. Some of the holdings have been digitised and may be viewed online, but users should be aware that the catalogue lists are not linked directly to the digitised material, which must be accessed from different parts of the website. The site also includes biographical information about Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, and links to exhibitions and other sites relating to them. This website was developed to assist scholars in locating particular items from the Pauling collection, and it fulfils this role admirably.
The excellent website of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture provides information on the academic research centre and its museum. The Centre houses one of the UK's largest collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera, collected by Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell. These depict the history of the cinema illustrating the development of 'optical recreation' and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to the present day. The centre also encompasses what it calls the "pre-history" of cinema, boasting a copy of Athanasius Kircher's "Ars Magna Lucis et Ombrae" of 1671, the first book to illustrate the magic lantern. There is a teaching and learning section, a searchable database of the collections, and further information about the onsite museum. An excellent section on further reading recommends the best publications on cinema and related themes. The website hosts virtual exhibitions and provides information about forthcoming events. The Teaching and Learning section includes information on degree courses, research opportunities and resources for schools for Key Stages 1 to 3. Worksheets are provided and the Centre can be used as a part of science projects, and 19th- and 20th-century history. The Centre's EVE online catalogue and virtual exhibition space received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is preserved at AHDS Performing Arts.
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an historical archives and research centre of the University of Minnesota. It is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media, conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods, offers graduate fellowships, and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications. The website also provides a catalogue of the institute's significant archives of the history of technology. Materials within the archives include: corporate records, manuscript materials, personal papers, records of professional associations, oral history interviews, trade publications, periodicals, obsolete manuals and product literature, photographs, films, videos, and reference materials, and books that have become historically significant in the subject area.
Cultures of Knowledge is the website of a project funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The project website is hosted by the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, whose partners in the project include institutions in the UK; Wales; Hungary; the Czech Republic; and Poland. The aim of the project is to catalogue and edit the Bodleian Library's archives of correspondence of some of the 17th century's leading men of science, and make these widely available to international scholars. It is ultimately hoped that the project will enable international collaboration and study into the intellectual history of the period. The website provides information on: the aims of the project; the partner institutions; resources held at the Bodleian (including brief biographies of: John Aubrey; John Wallis; Edward Lhwyd; and Martin Lister); events and details of how to get involved in this work; and related links and bibliographies. This site would interest those working in: English; history of science; and history.
This website provides information on the Dittrick Medical History Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and its collections of 60,000 rare books, 60,000 museum artifacts, 10,000 images, and archive listings. Originally part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894), the Dittrick is now an interdisciplinary centre within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is an international resource for the study of the history of medical technology, and provides research material for the study of speciality areas and local and international medical institutions. The site has six main sections: the Dittrick Museum of Medical History which consists mainly of a collection of instruments gathered from Cleveland physicians dating from 19th and 20th centuries; the rare medical book collection dating from late 14th century to 20th century; a section featuring 4 small online exhibits (Cleveland's smallpox epidemic of 1902; Images of dissection; a tour of Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland; and Asklepios Murals at the Allen Memorial Library); sample lists and overviews of the centre's archives; the image collection; and a What's New? section. Each section provides a very small sample of the collections housed at the center through the use of online images accompanied by brief background essays. There are also pages listing the Centre's publications, events and links to medical museums, archives and libraries both in the USA and worldwide. This site is regularly updated and includes news of forthcoming events and publications.
This website is published by Andrew Bamji, the curator of the Gillies archive of plastic surgery at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. The website provides details of the Gillies archive, which is one of the most complete archives of medical records from the First World War. The archive holds over 2,500 case files on facial plastic surgery performed between 1917 and 1925 on injured servicemen. Although the website is of quite a clunky design it houses some excellent resources, including digital images of the complete Macalister watercolours archive, which show a range of injuries treated at the hospital. The images are graphic, and are somewhat disturbing. Another image gallery of postcards of Queen Mary's Hospital is also on the site, as well as an extremely useful bibliography of surgery and medicine during the Great War.
This is the website of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's archive, which is currently being surveyed, sorted and catalogued to enable greater access to the material held there. The archive holds a range of records - the letters and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals engaged in searching for cures and treatments for diseases such as malaria, cholera, filariasis and leprosy, the administrative records of the School itself, and photographs, ephemera and artwork. Currently users can access collection level descriptions of the personal papers through the AIM25 website, and brief descriptions of the holdings for each individual - including Patrick Manson, Major General Sir Leonard Rogers, Sir Ronald Ross, and Edwin Chadwick are available on this site.Along with access information for the archive, which lists opening hours, the access policy and guidelines of use, the site also provides a chronology of the history of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and biographies of all of the people named on the building of the school.
The Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment project website is hosted by the University of Edinburgh. The project, which was completed in 2002, set out to make available the outstanding archive and manuscript resources held by Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heriot-Watt Universities. The website is primarily a search facility, offering open access to the online databases of these institutions. The resources it offers are exceptional in their importance to understanding the history of science in Scotland, especially in recording the 'whole range of national and international firsts in scientific advance and technological innovation'. The site also contains essays, biographical details for key individuals from the collections, images and sound-clips, and suggestions for research uses of the resource. This is a well-planned and comprehensive project, easily usable and with full guidelines for best use readily available. Links are also available to related records in other collections.
The Niels Bohr Archive website contains details of the archives held at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Niels Bohr (1885-1962) was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics for his investigations into atomic structure and his work on radiation. He is perhaps best known as the father of quantum mechanics. As well as describing the available archives, the site contains: an early photograph of Bohr; an article on the historical sites of physical science in Copenhagen; annual reports; news of new document releases and other developments; summaries of past and forthcoming seminars; and links to other relevant sites. There is also a short account of the life of Hilda Levi.
The 'Parnassus Scientiarum', named after a lost work by Descartes, is the online catalogue of the Waller Collection of History of Science and Medicine. Collected by the Swedish surgeon, Erik Waller, the collection includes letters, manuscripts, printed texts and artefacts. The size of the collection is a feature of its value, as its acquisition immediately doubled the number of volumes in the catalogue of the Uppsala University Library, where it is housed. As an example of a private library, it is considered to be unique, containing around 110,000 items. The database may be searched by object type (eg. book; engraving; photograph), or thematic group (eg. Danish Collection; Bibliography on the Waller Collection; Baglivi's Correspondence), as well as by details including shelfmark, person or date. A search may also be made by a guided access feature through samples from the catalogue, some of which include digital texts. This is an ambitious and ongoing project, laid out for easy use of a complex collection and should be of use to researchers at all levels.
This website contains a large free archive of the famous U.S. Radio Shack product catalogues, from 1939 until 2005. Some catalogues from the late 1940s and early 1950s are missing from the run. Catalogues have been scanned in colour and at a high resolution. Scans are available via a simple Flash interface, and do not have watermarks. There are also other brochures, many Radio Shack TV adverts as online streaming video, a short history of Radio Shack, and a discussion forum. This will be a useful resource for historians seeking to examine the ways in which new consumer and hobbyist technologies were promoted and sold in the U.S.A. over a long period, and to examine original documents showing the commercial emergence of early personal computers. It may also be a useful resource for those seeking to track the evolving representations of 'the nerd' in U.S. culture. The website is not authorised by the RadioShack Corporation and is intended for non-profit research uses only.
This website hosts the Archives of Ryerson University in Toronto. The site describes the archive's holdings, with records from 1783 to the present, but most from the second half of the twentieth century. The institution holds vital statistics; photographs; records of the university; private papers and documents; speeches; sound recordings; and oral interviews, among many other sources. Names of specific files are posted in an alphabetical index. These focus mainly on the past life of the university, but several of the fonds - ranging from aboriginal issues to papers on the Canadian film director Norman Jewison - will be highly relevant to researchers working on a variety of topics in Canadian History and Cultural Studies. This resource is generally useful, although it could have been strengthened by a more detailed description of fonds within the index itself. This problem is partly mitigated by the site's essays describing the history of the university. There is also a subsite with a good virtual exhibition of archival photographs, particularly helpful for those studying the History of Computing in Canada. Other mini exhibits are posted in the What's New section. The site is further complemented by a good, mainly Canadian, archival links page.
This is the website of a project to organise and publish the papers of Thomas Alva Edison (microfilms, book editions, and a digital edition), which in all number over five million pages. It is sponsored by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the New Jersey Historical Commission, and supported by over 60 public and private foundations, corporations and individuals. The site makes available a searchable document database linked to document images for Parts I-III of the Thomas A. Edison papers (1847-1898) and some of the editorial materials from the image and text publications, with continual additions. The project intends that in its final form the full digital edition will include the text of the print volumes. The website has a series of headings through which the material may be accessed: Edison Papers; Thomas Alva Edison; Outreach and Search. Each of these has several sub-headings, which include Edison's patents and companies; chronologies; bibliographies; details about the microfilm and book editions of the project; maps and images, and related resources on the Web. There are also details about the Thomas A. Edison papers, and the project (history, staff and funders), as well as a Latest Edison Papers News sidebar. This is a huge project and the website reflects the comprehensive nature of the endeavour in a way which makes a large amount of material easily accessible.
The National Archive for the History of Computing opened in 1987 to preserve documents and pictures relating to the history of British computing and to encourage research into computing history. The Archive is based within the Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. The Archive's website provides further information about the contents of the Archive and how to visit it. The online catalogue documents manuscripts and secondary sources held by the Archive including papers relating to: the Admiralty Computing Service; United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; Dr Andrew Booth; Cambridge University Computer Laboratory; Ferranti Ltd, 1948-63; Douglas R. Hartree (1897-1958); International Computers Ltd (ICL), ca. 1907-80; Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd, ca. 1958-70; Dr D.G. Prinz (b. 1903); and Alan Turing (1912-1954). The catalogue also provides a brief guide to relevant material held at other UK locations and bibliographies relating to the history of computing. A small exhibition consisting of four virtual rooms provides a sample of the materials held together with brief notes. The four rooms relate to the programming notes of Alan Turing; life in a British punched-card business; Lyons electronic office; and the notebook of Geoffrey C. Tootill which records the first stored computer program to be run in Britain (21st June 1948, University of Manchester). The Archive runs an associated email list (firstname.lastname@example.org).