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Nathan Reingold Interviews

Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Extent:
5 audiotapes (reference copies). 9 digital .mp3 files (reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
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.
Topic:
History of science and technology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9503
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Transcripts of Interviews
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 1: 19 December 1973

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 2: 5 October 1995

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 3: 28 May 1996

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 4: 31 May 1996

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

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 2: 5 October 1995

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 3: 28 May 1996

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Interview 4: 31 May 1996

Collection Creator:
Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9503, Reingold, Nathan,1927- interviewee, Nathan Reingold Interviews
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Nathan Reingold 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
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Microfilms
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
Science -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7470, Nathan Reingold Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7470
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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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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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 7 Alexander Dallas Bache: Technology and Culture Paper (1 of 5), August 1969

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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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 8 Alexander Dallas Bache - Rhees Collection (2 of 5), July 1961 intermittent November 1962

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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Nathan Reingold Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 9 Alexander Dallas Bache: Miscellaneous European Manuscripts (3 of 5), May 1965

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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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 10 Alexander Dallas Bache: Manuscripts and Notes (4 of 5), February 1963 intermittent December 1965

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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Nathan Reingold Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 11 Alexander Dallas Bache: A. D. Bache Pamphlet Collection in Museum of History and Technology (5 of 5), ca. 1969

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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Nathan Reingold Papers
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 12 American Association for the Advancement of Science: Bicentennial Symposium (1 of 3), November 1974-June 1976

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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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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