Kranzberg, born in St. Louis, Mo., established and developed the history of technology as a separate discipline within the field of history. He was the principal founder of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and contributed in administrative ways in many other groups and societies.
Personal papers of Dr. Kranzberg from his undergraduate years at Amherst College through his professional career. Collection documents his involvement with development of the new field of history of technology and his role as principal founder of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT); work as consultant and advisor to domestic and international agencies, colleges, and universities; personal affiliations, lectureships, publications; and teaching and administrative activities for more than 40 years as a college professor.
Series 2: Correspondence between Kranzberg and numerous colleagues in the U.S. and abroad, 1949-1988. He was actively involved with technically oriented societies, U.S. government agencies, and SHOT. Since he also wrote a textbook and several encyclopedia articles, subjects range from business to academic to personal.
Melvin Kranzberg Papers, 1934-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History