The collection documents Dr. Seidell's thoughts and processes about the subject of microfilming.
Scope and Contents:
The arrangement is original and reflects Dr. Seidell's thoughts and processes as he documented and studied microfilming. Series 1: Biographical contains a book of clippings collected by Dr. Seidell. These clippings represent his published articles and the rebuttals of others on the subject of the dissemination of information. Series 4: The Handmaiden, 1941-1961, deals with current lists of medical literature, both papers and bound proceedings and the index cards provide a detailed list of items found in each series as well as bibliographic information.
The collection is arranged into seven series.
Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1946-1961
Series 2: Microfilming What, 1934-1959
Series 3: Microfilming How, 1934-1961
Series 4: The Handmaiden, 1941-1961
Series 5: Microfilming History, 1932-1960
Series 6: Microfilming Whither Now? 1951-1957
Series 7: Epilogue and Index, 1964
Biographical / Historical:
Atherton Seidell (1878-1961) was a research chemist. He earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia (1898), a Masters from George Washington University (1901) and a Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University (1903). Seidell worked as a chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Health and the United States Public Health Service. He authored the Solubilities of Inorganic and Organic Compounds, a compilation of classification of thousands of chemical compounds. He was an early advocate of microfilm copying services and put forth efforts to encourage more reference libraries to adopt microfilm copying as an extension of their services. He also believed that all recorded scientific knowledge should be made available to researchers and that publicly supported reference libraries should provide microfilming free of charge. Seidell established the Medicofilm Service at the Army Medical Library and founded the Current List of Medical Literature.
Collection donated to the Division of Photographic History by Vernon Tate in 1978.
Collection is open for research.
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