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Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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5 audiotapes (Reference copies). 9 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
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Transcripts
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Date:
1973, 1995-1996
Introduction:
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.
Descriptive Entry:
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.
Historical Note:
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.
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Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9503
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Interviews

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Interview 1: December 19, 1973

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Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Discusses important events in the history of the Smithsonian Institution, especially the roles of Secretaries Charles G. Abbot, Spencer F. Baird, Leonard Carmichael, Joseph Henry, Samuel P. Langley, S. Dillon Ripley, Charles D. Walcott , and Alexander ...

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 1-34, of audio recording, 1 hour.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1 hour

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Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Interview 2: October 5, 1995

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Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Includes Dr. Reingold's autobiographical lecture, "Life Begins at Forty: On Becoming a Historian," presented at the Smithsonian Institution Archives Research in Progress Lecture Series, c. 1927-1995.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 35-70, of audio recording, 1 hour.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1 hour

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Interview 3: May 28, 1996

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Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Includes Dr. Reingold's reminiscences about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, attending DeWitt Clinton High School, his college and post-graduate education, and his first wife, Ida H. Reingold, c. 1927-1988.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 71-166, of audio recording, 1.5 hours.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1.5 hours

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Interview 4: May 31, 1996

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Continues Dr. Reingold's reminiscences about his life, focusing on stories from photographs in the Nathan Reingold Papers in Smithsonian Institution Archives, reminiscences of colleagues, particularly S. Dillon Ripley and Frederick Seitz, the early dev...

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
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Archival materials
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 167-192, of audio recording, 1 hour.

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1 hour

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Nathan Reingold Oral History Interviews
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Nathan Reingold Papers

Topic:
Isis (Serial)
Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927-  Search this
Extent:
29 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
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Manuscripts
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Date:
1952-1991
Descriptive Entry:
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 Interview, 1973.
Historical Note:
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.
Topic:
Science -- History  Search this
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Manuscripts
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Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7470, Nathan Reingold Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7470
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Folder 6 Babbage Paper, June 1966 (Includes "Babbage on Moll")

Collection Creator::
Reingold, Nathan, 1927-  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 29
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7470, Nathan Reingold Papers
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