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Donor:
Arias, Irwin M.  Search this
Creator:
American Institute Science Laboratory  Search this
Names:
Platt, Henry, -1999  Search this
Watson, Thomas J., 1914-1993  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Reports
Histories
Correspondence
Articles
Videocassettes
Resumes
Magazines (periodicals)
Photographs
Date:
1939-2006
Summary:
The collection documents the American Institute Science Laboratory and the students who conducted research in it.
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes a written history of the laboratory, photographs of students conducting experiments, lists of students, letters, resumes, descriptions of the students' research projects, a magazine, articles about the participants, and a report written by one of them on the subject of plastics. Also included are videocassettes of interviews of some former students in a film project titled Gifted Children.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The American Institute Science Laboratory, grew out of the Westinghouse Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair, when the "Junior Hall of Science" was moved to an IBM lab on 5th Avenue in New York. Thomas J. Watson of IBM approved it and Dr. Henry Platt ran it. It enabled young aspiring scientists (aged 13-15) to conduct their own laboratory research during after school hours and weekends. Between 30 and 40 students participated, many of them later describing the experience as one of the highlights of their lives. Most went on to have distinguished careers in science and medicine. It closed after 18 months due to World War II. A later iteration of it was started in Boston in 1998, and was named for Henry Platt.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Irving Arias, 2016.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Social Security numbers are present and have been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Laboratories  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Histories
Correspondence
Articles
Videocassettes -- 20th century
Resumes
Magazines (periodicals)
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1930-1950
Citation:
American Institute Science Laboratory Collection, 1939-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1380
See more items in:
American Institute Science Laboratory Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1380