5 audiotapes (reference copies). 9 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 conduct 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.
Dr. Reingold was interviewed for the Oral History Program for his knowledge of the history of the Institution and because he made significant scholarly and administrative
contributions to the Smithsonian during 27 years of service.
Reingold was interviewed on December 19, 1973, by Miriam S. Freilicher and William A. Deiss to obtain background information on the history of the Smithsonian and to
discuss potential issues and interviewees for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Program. On October 5, 1995, Pamela M. Henson recorded Reingold's autobiographical
lecture, "Life Begins at Forty: On Becoming a Historian," presented at the Smithsonian Institution Archives Research in Progress Lecture Series. On May 28 and 31, 1996, Henson
conducted two additional interviews with Reingold that cover his family history and career as a historian of American science and documentary editor, and because of his significant
scholarly contributions to the Smithsonian during 27 years of service. The interviews provide an overview of the lives and careers of Nathan and his first wife Ida from a
survey of their memorabilia, awards, medals, personal records, manuscripts and photographs, now part of Reingold's personal papers at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Reingold discusses his work at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian, reminiscences of colleagues, particularly S. Dillon Ripley and Frederick
Seitz, the early development of the Joseph Henry Papers Project and the role of research at the Smithsonian.
Nathan Reingold received his B.A. (1947) and M.A. (1948) from New York University and the Ph.D. in American Studies (1951) from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1951,
he joined the staff of the National Archives, and then worked at the Science and Technology Division of the Library of Congress from 1959 to 1966. In 1966, he was appointed
the founding editor of the Joseph Henry Papers Project at the Smithsonian, which he directed until 1985. He was then appointed senior historian at the National Museum of American
History until his retirement in 1993. Reingold's major publications included Science, American Style, 1991, Science in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary
History, 1964, and Science in America: A Documentary History, 1900-1939, 1981. Reingold was noted as a pioneer in the study of the history of American science.
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.