History of Science and Technology: A Sampler of Centers and Collections of Distinction

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Cynthia A. Steinke
Haworth Press, 1994 - Education - 124 pages
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Here is a sampling of distinguished centers and library collections devoted to the history of science and technology. This history has had a dynamic and rapid period of growth since World War II and has become a respected, full-fledged interdisciplinary field in its own right. History of Science and Technology acquaints readers with a number of organizations and centers and illustrates the variety of collections and information services available to support this growing discipline.

In addition to providing details about selected individual collections and centers devoted to the history of sciences, the book introduces science librarians and other librarians interested in the history of science to the variety and richness available in libraries, archives, and museums where these collections are being developed and made available for scholars. Chapters cover a variety of institutions, describing:
  • the Deutsches Museum in Munich, one of the oldest museums in the world for the history of science and technology
  • the development of the history of science collection at the University of Wisconsin, which is especially strong in chemistry, alchemy, botany, astronomy, and physics
  • the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, a research library covering pure and applied sciences
  • the history, collections, and services of the Othmer Library of Chemical History in Philadelphia
  • efforts being made at the IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering to develop an electronic system to store and retrieve information about resources in its field
  • programs and holdings of the Charles Babbage Institute, a research center for the history of information processing
  • history of oceanography collections at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego
  • The Bakken in Minneapolis, an independent, nonprofit library and museum focusing on the historical role of electricity and magnetism in the life sciences and medicine

    History of Science and Technology is a helpful guide for those seeking an understanding of the myriad resources available in the field and where such resources can be found.

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