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Creator:
Science Service  Search this
Extent:
41.04 Cubic feet (114 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Photographs
Date:
1920-1979
Summary:
Science Service was founded in 1921 by newspaper publisher Edward Willis Scripps (1854-1926) and the zoologist William Emerson Ritter (1856-1944) as a news service for the purpose of disseminating information on scientific progress to the public, and to "present facts in readable and interesting form." The Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics files in the National Air and Space Archives consists of papers, news releases, articles, newspaper and magazine clippings, and technical papers pertaining mainly to astronomy and astronautics and dating from the late 1920s through the early 1970s.
Scope and Contents:
The Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics files in the National Air and Space Archives consists of papers, news releases, articles, newspaper and magazine clippings, and technical papers pertaining mainly to astronomy and astronautics and dating from the late 1920s through the early 1970s. News coverage of the U.S.--oviet space race and the Cold War is particularly extensive. The collection also includes many sighting report telegrams sent by astronomers to Science Service. Small selections of other subjects were included in the collection.
Arrangement:
The Science Service Collection is organized in the following series: Series 1 --Clippings, Publications, Papers, and Press Releases Collection material was housed in folders organized and titled according to the Library of Congress Classification system. Library of Congress Classification Subjects in the Science Service Collection: B - Philosophy. Psychology. Religion BF Psychology Q - Science QB Astronomy QC Physics QD Chemistry QL Zoology T - Technology TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery TL Motor vehicles, Aeronautics. Astronautics [A small group of TL files, filed under QB] [Another group of TL files] V - Naval Science VK Navigation. Merchant marine VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering Series 2 --Photographs Subseries 1 --Photographs in Folders or with Subjects Indicated Subseries 2 --Loose Photographs without Subject Headings Series 3 --Miscellaneous Material
Historical Note:
Science Service was founded in 1921 by newspaper publisher Edward Willis Scripps (1854-1926) and the zoologist William Emerson Ritter (1856-1944) as a news service for the purpose of disseminating information on scientific progress to the public, and to "present facts in readable and interesting form." The service provided news stories to subscribing newspapers and issued the Daily Science News Bulletin (later renamed the Daily Mail Report) and the Science News Letter. Science Service made major contributions to science education through its sponsorship of the Science Clubs of America, the Science Talent Search, and National Science Fairs. Its monthly Things of Science educational kits were distributed by subscription from 1940 to 1989. The Science News Letter was renamed Science News in 1966. In 1988, Science Service became the Society for Science & the Public.
Provenance:
Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files, gift, 1986
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Cold War  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Space race  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Photographs
Citation:
Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files, Acc. 1987-0125, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1987.0125
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Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1987-0125