3 audiotapes (Reference copies). 6 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives'
record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program
staff conducts interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted
by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Multhauf was interviewed for the Oral History Project because he made significant scholarly and administrative contributions to the Smithsonian during his career.
Multhauf was interviewed on May 29 and July 23, 1974, by Miriam S. Freilicher and Pamela M. Henson. The interviews cover his education, career as Curator of Engineering,
work on the development of the National Museum of History and Technology, and his role as an administrator in the Museum. They include reminiscences of colleagues such as Leonard Carmichael, Howard I. Chapelle, and Frank A. Taylor.
Robert P. Multhauf (1919-2004), a historian of science, received his Ph.D. in 1953 from the University of California at Berkeley. After postdoctoral work at The Johns
Hopkins University, he was appointed Curator of Engineering at the U.S. National Museum in 1955. In 1957, he was appointed head Curator of the Department of Science and Technology.
From 1966 to 1969, Multhauf served as Director of the new National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, and in 1969 he was appointed
Senior Historian of Science. Multhauf also served as editor of Isis from 1964 to 1978.
This accession consists of records created and maintained by editor Bernard V. Lightman, 2004-2014, documenting the administration of "Isis" and other publications
of the History of Science Society (HSS). Records primarily document editorial issues; committee meetings; vision and planning; office administration; and relations with York
University in Toronto, Ontario. Materials include correspondence, meeting materials, proposals, guidelines, images, production materials, reference materials, notes, and related
materials. Some materials are in electronic format. Some materials pre-date Lightman's term as editor.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2030; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of referee files documenting the review process for accepted manuscripts for the publication "Isis" during the tenure of editor Bernard V. Lightman,
2004-2014. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, peer reviews, and related materials.
Restricted for 50 years, until Jan-01-2064; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 deed of gift; Contact reference staff for details.
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This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
These records provide partial documentation of the history of HSS, circa 1930-1993. They consist mostly of records maintained by HSS officers which concern annual meetings;
membership; the work of HSS committees; the HSS Council; the publication of Isis, Osiris, and other HSS publications; elections of officers; HSS relations with
other professional societies; financial matters; and prizes and awards granted by HSS. Also included are records concerning an HSS fundraising campaign started in 1983; files
of the HSS Committee on Independent Scholars, 1986-1989; file of Nathan Reingold as chairman of the Conference on Science Manuscripts, 1960, which was co-sponsored by HSS;
and copies of the HSS Newsletter.
The History of Science Society (HSS) was established in 1924 to ensure the future of Isis, the international journal founded by George Sarton in 1912. The purpose
of HSS is to promote interest in the history of science, to provide a forum for discussion, and to encourage original research in the field. The Society meets these goals
by holding annual meetings and other programs; by issuing Isis, Osiris, and other publications; by awarding prizes and medals for exceptional contributions to
the field; and by cooperation with other professional groups. HSS is governed by a council consisting of the officers of the Society: a president, vice-president, executive
secretary, treasurer, and editor of Isis; the ex-presidents of the Society; and fifteen additional members elected from and by membership of the Society.
These papers consist largely of correspondence documenting Multhauf's participation in various national and international organizations, most notably the American Council
of Learned Societies, History of Science Society, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, National Air and Space Administration Historical Committee,
Society for the History of Technology, and American Federation of Information Processing Societies. In addition there are manuscripts of published and unpublished articles;
copies of major publications including The Origins of Chemistry and A History of Common Salt; research notes; photographs of Multhauf at symposiums; and records
pertaining to Isis, for which Multhauf was Editor.
Robert P. Multhauf (1919-2004), historian of science, was born in Sioux City, South Dakota. He graduated from Iowa State University, B.S., 1941, and received his M.A.,
1950, and Ph.D., 1953, from the University of California at Berkeley. Multhauf was employed by the Smithsonian Institution as Associate Curator for the Division of Engineering,
United States National Museum (USNM), in 1954. The following year he became Curator of the Division and in 1957 was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Engineering
and Industries at USNM. When USNM was reorganized and the Museum of History and Technology (MHT) was established in 1957, Multhauf became Head Curator for the Department of
Science and Technology under MHT. He also served as Acting Curator of the Division of Physical Sciences within the Department.
In 1966, Multhauf was appointed Director of MHT and served in this capacity until 1969, the year MHT was renamed the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). Afterwards
he became Senior Scientific Scholar of the Department of Science and Technology, 1970-1977, and for the Department of the History of Science, 1978-1979, at NMHT. Multhauf
joined the staff of the Office of Senior Historians in 1980, when NMHT was renamed the National Museum of American History, and retired from the Smithsonian Institution in
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These records primarily document activities of the Executive Committee, under Sally Kohlstedt, for the History of Science Society (HSS). Includes a list of donors and
lifetime members of HSS, information on Latin American Historians of Science, a copy of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS) constitution,
reports of the HSS President and "Friends of the HSS", and "Scientist to Scientist" newsletters. In addition there is background and budget information on publications OSIRIS
and ISIS, and the Human Genome Project.
The History of Science Society (HSS) Editorial Administrative Files consist of Arnold Thackray's personal files from circa 1967-1985, ISIS correspondence from
circa 1962-1978, advertising and promotional material from circa 1976-1981, and miscellaneous ISIS administrative files, spanning the years circa 1970-1992. OSIRIS
administrative files for the years 1972-1991 are also included. Editorial Administrative files are arranged in the original accession groups received by the American Philosophical
Referee Files in Box 45 are restricted for 50 years from the latest date of Referee Files (1992), restrictions will be lifted January 1, 2043; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
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This accession consists of the Treasurer's records of the History of Science Society (HSS) and includes correspondence, committee minutes and reports, auditors' reports,
financial reports, Treasurer's reports, budget worksheets, audit and financial statements, and financial data on one grant.
This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the History of Science Society under Frederic Lawrence Holmes, President, 1980-1981, and Stephen
G. Brush, President, 1990-1991. Topics primarily include various committees, meetings, and "Isis." Materials include memoranda, correspondence, minutes, annual reports, newsletters,
membership forms, member lists, statutes, by-laws, policies, and financial documents.
This accession consists of referee files documenting the review process for accepted manuscripts for the publication, Isis, during the tenure of Editor Bernard
V. Lightman, 2004- . Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, peer reviews, images, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 50 years, until Jan-01-2062; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 deed of gift; Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence and subject files from Harry Woolf during his tenure as Editor of the History of Science Society journal,
ISIS. The records are primarily arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject, and include letters regarding contributors and reviewers for ISIS, conference
lectures, reports, meeting minutes, and agendas.
This accession consists of records created and maintained by editors Ronald L. Numbers, 1989-1993, and Margaret W. Rossiter, 1994-2003, documenting the administration
of Isis and Osiris, publications of the History of Science Society. The records primarily document committee meetings, advisory editors, promotions, budgets,
and hiring searches as well as the production of the publications. Materials include correspondence; meeting agendas and minutes; invitations to meetings and other events;
lists of advisory editors; curricula vitae and resumes for advisory editors; budgets; contracts; promotional materials; and related materials.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
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This accession documents the editorial process in producing the publications Isis and Osiris during the tenures of editors Charles Rosenberg (1986-1988),
Ronald L. Numbers (1989-1993), and Margaret W. Rossiter (1994-2003). Materials include correspondence, article and book review manuscripts, peer reviews, letters to the editor,
book review data cards, planning documents, handbooks, agreements, budgets, administrative files, images, contributor biographies, and related materials.
Restricted for 15 years from the latest date of record to which this restriction applies (2003). Restrictions will be lifted on January 1, 2019. Referee Files (marked with an asterisk) are restricted for 50 years from the latest date of Referee Files (2003). Restrictions will be lifted on January 1, 2054; Transferring office; 8/10/2005 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of files about the Isis Current Bibliography, a published index to Isis, a publication sponsored by the History of Science Society.
These files were created and maintained by the index's editor, John Neu. Materials document the publication of the four cumulations of the annual bibliographies; the establishment
of the electronic version of the bibliography with the Research Libraries Group (RLG); the development of an international database for the history of science with the International
Union for the History and Philosophy of Science; Neu's appointment; and correspondence with editors, various committees, and contributors to the bibliography.
The papers of Nathan Reingold document his research on the history of American science, his professional activities, and his careers at the National Archives and Records
Service, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1952-1991, with colleagues, publishers, administrators, professional
organizations, students, and personal acquaintances concerning research interests, letters of recommendation, the review of manuscripts and grant applications, the publication
of articles and books, official duties, and professional activities; correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, drafts, talks, reports, minutes, and published materials documenting
Reingold's membership and activities in numerous professional organizations, and on various councils, committees, and advisory boards including the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, Isis Editorial Advisory Board, Panel for the History and Philosophy of Science of the National Science Foundation, and Rockefeller Archive Center
Council; and correspondence, memoranda, notes, microfilm, drafts, manuscripts, and related materials from his research on the history of American science, particularly his
books Science in Nineteenth-Century America, a Documentary History, 1964, and Science in America, a Documentary History, 1900-1939, 1981, and his studies of
Joseph Henry, Alexander Dallas Bache, and science and public policy in nineteenth-century Great Britain. Researchers should also consult Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold
Nathan Reingold (1927-2004), historian of American science, received B.A. (1947) and M.A. (1948) degrees from New York University and the Ph.D. (1951) from the University
of Pennsylvania. He was on the staff of the National Archives and Records Service from 1951 to 1959 and at the Library of Congress from 1959 to 1966. In 1966 Reingold was
appointed editor of the Joseph Henry Papers at the Smithsonian Institution. He continued in the position until 1985, when he was appointed senior historian in the National
Museum of American History (NMAH). After his retirement in 1993, Reingold became historian emeritus at NMAH.
Reingold has researched and published extensively on the history of science in the United States. He is the author of Science in Nineteenth-Century America, A Documentary
History, 1964; Science in America since 1820, 1976; Science in America, A Documentary History, 1900-1939, 1981; and Science American Style: Selected Writings
of Nathan Reingold, 1991.
This accession consists of the papers of Nathan Reingold, historian, documenting his interest in the editorship of the history of science publication Isis, as
well as his participation in symposiums and workshops at the Rockefeller Archive Center and the Peabody Institute. The papers also document Reingold's activities in regard
to his editorial reviews of books and articles for publishers, and his survey of United States Patent Office records. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes;
reports; proposals; and publications.