Consortium Special Collections Search Hub
of secondary sources, provided by the History of Science Society
See detailed information about member institutions and their collections. Select a member institution below to visit its main collections or library page.
- American Institute of Physics
- American Philosophical Society
- California Institute of Technology
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
- College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- Columbia University
- Drexel University
- Hagley Museum and Library
- Harvard University
- History of Science Society
- Huntington Library
- Johns Hopkins University
- Library Company of Philadelphia
- Linda Hall Library
- New York Academy of Medicine
- Newberry Library
- Princeton University
- Rockefeller Archive Center
- Science History Institute
- Smithsonian Institution
- United States Naval Observatory
- University of Maryland-College Park
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Sydney
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Wagner Free Institute of Science
- Wellcome Collection
- Yale University
We have compiled a list of digital collections and resources from our member instittutions. We will continue to update this list as we receive more information.
California Institute of Technology
Major research collections available remotely:
- George Ellery Hale Papers: https://digital.archives.caltech.edu/hale
- Donald A. Glaser Papers: http://glaser.library.caltech.
- Paul B. MacCready Papers: http://maccready.library.caltech.edu
- Caltech Archives Oral History Project: http://oralhistories.library.caltech.edu
Reference inquiries: email@example.com
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Digital image library: https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/
S. Weir Mitchell papers: https://mitchell.cppdigitallibrary.org/s/mitchell/page/intro
The College of Physicians is a partner with the Medical Heritage Library, which has a significant collection of digitzed material: http://www.medicalheritage.org/search-2/
Hagley Museum and Library
Finding aids: https://findingaids.hagley.org/xtf/
Digital archives: https://digital.hagley.org/
Digital exhibits: https://www.hagley.org/research/digital-exhibits
Scholars' projects: https://www.hagley.org/research/news/scholar-projects
Stories from the Stacks podcast: https://www.hagley.org/research/programs/stories-stacks
Millrace podcast: https://www.hagley.org/millrace
Harvard Digital Collections: Linking to over 6 million items from Harvard’s collections.
Curiosity: curated guides to selected digitized collections at Harvard.
Colonial North America project: link to approximately 650,000 digitized pages related to 17th and 18th century North American holdings at Harvard.
Research questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Company of Philadelphia
Collections search: https://digital.librarycompany.org/discovery
Digital exhibits: https://librarycompany.org/research/exhibits/
Fireside chats: https://librarycompany.org/fireside-chats/
Talking in the Library podcast: https://librarycompany.org/talking-in-the-library/
Linda Hall Library
The Linda Hall Library's digital collections provide access to hundreds of rare books and periodicals exploring the history of science and technology from the 15th century to the present. Astronomy, mathematics, earth sciences, and natural history are all well-represented in the Library's online holdings. Historians of engineering will also find much to explore in the Library's collection of 19th century railroad journals and the A.B. Nichols Panama Canal Collection. The Library adds new items to its digital collections on a regular basis. Noteworthy recent additions include Samuel Morse’s journal, Thomas Edison’s instructions to operate an electric power plant, and an article on radioactivity by Marie Curie annotated in her own hand.
To begin reviewing the Linda Hall Library’s digital collections, visit http://lhldigital.lindahall.org/. Please note that the Library is currently investing in a new content management system and would welcome visitor feedback on the organization of its online resources. For further information, email the Library’s Vice President for Research and Scholarship, Benjamin Gross (email@example.com).
New York Academy of Medicine
Stay connected and access resources: https://www.nyam.org/library/stay-connected-update-resources-nyam-library/
Digital resources: http://www.newberry.org/digital-newberry
Online collection: http://digcoll.newberry.org/#/
Contact a librarian: https://www.newberry.org/contact-librarian
Rockefeller Archive Center
Archival material is available to all researchers through DIMES (dimes.rockarch.org), RAC's online finding aid system. When browsing finding aids, digitized materials will appear with a camera icon. To a general search for digitized materials in DIMES, go to: https://dimes.rockarch.org/xtf/search
Significant online collections include:
- A large portion of the Rockefeller Foundation officer diaries have been digitized (in DIMES, these finding aids appear, arranged alphabetically by officer's last name as FA391, FA392, FA393, FA394.)
- The vast majority of records of the Foundation for Child Development (1898-1998) have been digitized. Identified in DIMES as FA019.
- The RAC created a digital history website for the centennial of the Rockefeller Foundation. It includes essays, photographs and extensive digitized documents from RAC. Available online at https://rockfound.rockarch.org/.
- The RAC recently launched RE:source, RAC's storytelling platform, highlighting the history of philanthropy through RAC's collection. Available online at: https://resource.rockarch.org/.
RAC has a very extensive set of research reports submitted by RAC research stipend awardees, providing broad insight into RAC collections and their historic themes. Available online at: http://rockarch.issuelab.org/?coverage=&author=&funder=&publisher=&wikitopic_categories=&keywords=&pubdate_start_year=1&pubdate_end_year=1&sort=&categories=
With specific questions, researchers should feel free to contact Lee R. Hiltzik, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, who serves as RAC's coordinator with the Consortium. Lee can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general questions about archival access and use, researchers should consult https://rockarch.org/collections/access-and-request-materials/
University of Oklahoma
Digital collection: https://repository.ou.edu/
History of Science Portrait Collection: https://digital.libraries.ou.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/LPC
Twitter: Search@OU_Libraries & @PalmeriJoAnn
Contact for research questions: JoAnn Palmeri (email@example.com) Research Coordinator & Librarian, History of Science Collections, OU Libraries
Online resources for history of medicine research: https://guides.library.yale.edu/histmedonline
Digital collections: https://library.medicine.yale.edu/digital
Contact for research questions: Melissa Grafe, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2, 2021
Find out the latest information on the research policies of our member institutions during the pandemic.
September 3, 2021
Researchers can now search collections of the Consortium's member institutions by types of format, such as books, pictures, videos, microform, manuscripts collections, and other formats.
Science History Institute Receives National Archives Grant to Digitize Oral Histories of Immigrant Scientists
June 10, 2021
The $130K+ award is part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s efforts to improve public access to historical records
May 5, 2021
The collection includes more than 1.2 million items and finding aides.
April 7, 2021
Collection Smuggled Out of Nazi Germany Tells Story of Noted German Jewish Scientist’s Rise to Prominence and His Family’s Struggle to Survive the Holocaust.