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Science Service  Search this
19 cu. ft. (38 document boxes)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
circa 1920s-1970s
Descriptive Entry:
Science Service was established in 1920 through the efforts of the E. W. Scripps Company in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the National Research Council (NRC). In 1919 Scripps had established the American Society for the Dissemination of Science. Unknown to Scripps, the three major scientific organizations were trying to agree on a format and establish a popular science journal. In 1920 Scripps met with representatives of the AAAS, NAS, and NRC in an attempt to pool resources. Out of that meeting came Science Service, a news service designed to popularize science and to disseminate scientific knowledge. This accession consists of Science Service files that were given to and maintained by the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics (E&MP), National Museum of American History (NMAH), which later became part of the Division of Information Technology and Society and then Division of Work and Industry after that. The files in this collection relate specifically to the subject of electricity. Also covered and related to the subject area of electricity are automobiles, batteries, camera, communications, electric circuits, electric generators, lighting, electric machinery, electric power plants, electric power transmission, electrical engineering, electromagnets, electron microscope, fuel cells, integrated circuits, lasers, phonographs, radio, radio transmission, telephones, and television. Materials include correspondence and memoranda, photographs, news releases, and clippings. Some subjects are listed but the envelopes are missing. A select number of images were digitized and appeared on a Science Service website created and maintained by Nance L. Briscoe, Collections Manager, and later by Harold D. Wallace, Curator, Division of Work and Industry, NMAH. The site has been taken down by NMAH but can still be accessed through Accession 14-071: National Museum of American History, Website Records, 2008-2013, Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Journalism, Scientific  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Electricity -- History  Search this
Electric power production  Search this
Electric power systems  Search this
Electric power transmission  Search this
Electric machines  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
Electric batteries  Search this
Cameras  Search this
Communication -- United States  Search this
Electric circuits  Search this
Electric generators  Search this
Electric lighting  Search this
Electric machinery  Search this
Electrical engineering  Search this
Electronics  Search this
Electromagnets  Search this
Electron microscopes  Search this
Fuel cells  Search this
Integrated circuits  Search this
Lasers  Search this
Phonograph  Search this
Radio  Search this
Radio -- Transmitters and transmission  Search this
Telephone  Search this
Television  Search this
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-094, Science Service, Records
Accession 18-094
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