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Archive for August, 2020

a list of digital archives for history of twentieth-century science

By Jon Agar, on 5 August 2020

(Many thanks to all the suggestions I received following my request on Mersenne and via Twitter, including: Brian Balmer, Anna Marie Loos, Benjamin Weil, Richard Conniff, Jim Bennett, Aileen Fyfe, Michael Barany, Christine Aicardi, Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Alex Aylward, Juliana Adelman, Alexandra Franklin, Bruce J. Hunt, Boris Jardine, Dominic Berry, Mark Solovey, Katherine McAlpine, Mat Paskins, Doug Millard, Emily Hayes, Mary Morgan, Joshua Nall, Ross MacFarlane, J.V. Field, Louise Devoy, Madelin Evans, Alice Bell, Sam Robinson, Jonathan Swinton, Matthew Cobb, Jason W. Dean, Alexandra Rose, Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Moritz Mähr, HealthHumanitiesUc, Hanna Lucia Worliczek, Asif Siddiqi, Michael Hutter, Jon Røyne Kyllingstad, Dorothea Zimmermann, Martina Schiavon, Kamiel Mobach, Cristiano Turbil, Jack Kirby, Rebecca Martin, Lucas Mueller, and Robert Smith)

Compiled by Jon Agar. Send me more and I’ll add them.


Digitised History of Science Collections

American Philosophical Society digital collection

Biodiversity Heritage Library

British Library Oral History of British Science, see also the guide Voices of Science

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

CERN archives

Churchill Archives Centre online resources, see also the subject guide for collections not yet online, as well as an online exhibition on Rosalind Franklin

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

George Francis Fitzgerald papers at the RDS Library and Archive

History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean (HOSLAC) database of primary sources

Joseph Needham papers, University of Cambridge

Le Bureau des longitudes (1795-1932) un patrimoine numérisé

Linda Hall Library digital collections

LUCERNA Magic Lantern Web Resource, includes 20th century slides, including Royal Geographical Society

Marconi collection at the History of Science Museum, Oxford

Marine Biological Laboratory digital collection at ASU

McMaster University, History of Medicine Digital Exhibits

Medical Heritage Library

Met Office Digital Archive and Library

Montreal Neurological Institute Archives

National Institutes of Health (NIH) for NIH Library and National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science and Office of NIH History

NASA Technical Reports Server

Princeton Mathematics Oral History Project

R.A Fisher digital archive at University of Melbourne

Robert Goddard papers at Clark University

Rockefeller Archive Center (see under Digital Materials)

Royal Geographical Society-IBG films at the BFI

Royal Observatory Greenwich, observatory memories and recollections of working at ROG

Royal Society

Science History Institute, digital collections

Science Museum Group Collection, lots of things including Babbage papers

Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich collection of scientific instruments and learning materials

UCSD Library Digital Collections including the papers of Leo Szilard

University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection

University of Washington links to lots of primary sources for science and medicine

Wellcome Library Digital Collections, plus others at Wellcome not in the main site including Melanie Klein,  George Mc’gonigle, Sir James Cantlie, Eileen Palmer, Morrison and Hobson Families, Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, Henry Wellcome papers, Abortion Law Reform Association, Widow Welches Pills, Helena Rosa Wright, National Abortion Campaign, Population Investigative CommitteePopulation Concern, Pregnancy Advisory Service, Robert Hetherington, Helene Grahame, Birth Control Campaign, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, Pioneer Health Campaign


Digitised Collections with Science Aspects

ACT UP Oral History Project

Asif Siddiqi’s collection of translated documents relating to Soviet space projects

Cambridge University Digital Library

Caltech Oral History

Charles Babbage Institute

Charles Booth’s London, at LSE (19th C social science)

Hagley Digital Archives: digital.hagley.org

Imperial War Museum’s Collection including films

Internet Archive

Institute for Historical Research’s guide to open and free access materials for research

League of Nations Archives

MIT ArchivesSpace digital objects

Moritz Mähr’s list of Awesome Digital History

Museum of University History at University of Oslo

National Archives, UK, select search within National Archives and then select Records available to dowload

National Security Archive, US including ‘The Atomic Bomb and the end of WW2

New Scientist, 1956-1989