History of Science Digital Library

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See also the subject specific resources listed on the History of Science Gateway page.

Center for History of Physics

Einstein - see our separate page.

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
"...is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Berliner (1851-1929), an immigrant and a largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player."
American Memory, Library of Congress

The Galileo Project
"...is a hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and the science of his time."
An extensive and important collection of resources
Rice University

IEEE History Center
Online resources include: Historical FAQs ; ECHOES ; Historical Articles ; Legacies ; Oral Histories ; Bibliography ; Newsletters ; Web Archives.

Internet History of Science Sourcebook
"...is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment. It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall [History Dept., Fordham University] with the aid of numerous other contributors."

[Medicine] National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

Contains a digital library project providing scanned historical American medical books in pdf and as searchable text files. The project is aimed at the general public, with special emphasis on historians, students, clinicians, and librarians... The projectís goal is to provide original source materials on the development of medicine in the New World, including Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean. The History of Medicine Division hopes that including non-U.S. imprints will foster research on a wider variety of topics in the study of American medicine.

PBS NOVA - Forgotten Genius
Companion website to the February 2007 TV broadcast. Watch episode online. Includes Teacher's Guide and Library Resource Kit.
"Against all odds, African-American chemist Percy Julian became one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century...is a fascinating and largely unknown story of scientific triumph and racial inequality. It covers the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century."

Profiles in Science
"This site makes the archival collections of prominent twentieth-century biomedical scientists available to the public through modern digital technology. The collections have been donated to the National Library of Medicine and contain published and unpublished materials, including books, journal volumes, pamphlets, diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes, and other audiovisual materials."
National Library of Medicine

Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919
"...comprises about 6,500 items, or approximately 50,000 images, that document Morse's invention of the electromagnetic telegraph, his participation in the development of telegraph systems in the United States and abroad, his career as a painter, his family life, his travels, and his interest in early photography, religion, and the nativist movement. Included in the collection are correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, printed matter, maps, drawings, and other miscellaneous materials. The papers included date from 1793 to 1919, but most are from 1807 to 1872. The collection includes the original paper tape containing the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?," sent on May 24, 1844.
American Memory, Library of Congress

The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress
"...comprising about 10,121 library items or approximately 49,084 digital images, documents the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and highlights their pioneering work which led to the world's first powered, controlled and sustained flight. Included in the collection are correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and other documents, as well as the Wrights' collection of glass-plate photographic negatives."
- American Memory, Library of Congress


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