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The Division of Historical Scientific Instruments recommends the following to those wanting to pursue an interest in the history of science and scientific instruments.

 

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Societies

Antique Telescope Society
http://webari.com/oldscope/

British Society for the History of Science
http://www.bshs.org.uk/

History of Science Society
http://www.hssonline.org/

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
http://www.shot.jhu.edu/index.html

 

Discussion Lists

HASTRO-L
History of Astronomy Discussion Group
http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~pbrosche/hist_astr/ha-hastro-l.html

HOPOS
International Society for the History and Philosophy of Science
http://cas.umkc.edu/scistud/hopos/

H-SCI-MED-TECH
History of Science, Medicine and Technology
http://www.h-net.org/~smt/

RETE
An electronic mailing list devoted to the history of scientific instruments.
http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/join-us/rete/

 

Websites

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
http://www.amacad.org/index.htm

American Institute of Physics
Center for History of Physics
http://www.aip.org/history/

Antique Microscopes, Antique Scientific Instruments
http://www.arsmachina.com/micromenu.htm

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
http://www.benfranklin300.org

EPACT: Scientific Instruments of Renaissance and Medieval Europe
http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/epact/

Franklin Institute Online
http://sln.fi.edu/

National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/

The Nobel Prize
http://www.nobelprize.org/index.html

Scientific Instrument Commission
http://www.sic.iuhps.org/

Smithsonian, History of Science and Technology
http://www.si.edu/history_and_culture/history_of_science_and_technology/

Spark Museum
http://www.sparkmuseum.com/

Yale Medical Historical Libraryhttp://www.adlerplanetarium.org/collections/
http://www.med.yale.edu/library/historical/

 

Collections

Adler Planetarium, Astronomy Museum.
Historical Collections, Astronomical Instruments and Rare Books.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org


Dartmouth Scientific Instrument Collection
http://projectsx.dartmouth.edu/DARTsico/

Institute and Museum of the History of Science
The Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (IMSS)
http://www.imss.fi.it/

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University
http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/

Le Musée des Arts et Métiers
http://www.arts-et-metiers.net

Scientific Instrument Collections in Australian Universities
http://sydney.edu.au/museums/

Smithsonian, National Museum of American History
Physical Sciences Collection, Surveying and Geodesy
http://amhistory.si.edu/surveying/

Smithsonian, Instruments for Science, 1800–1914
Scientific Trade Catalogues in Smithsonian Collections
http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/trade-literature/scientific-instruments/index.htm

Whipple Museum of the History of Science
http://www.cam.ac.uk/museums-and-collections

Yale Franklin Papers Collection
http://www.yale.edu/franklinpapers/index.html

 

Instrument Resources

Emilio Serge Visual Archives
Niels Bohr Library and Center for the History of Physics
http://photos.aip.org/

Ingenious
Cultural exchange of images, debates and documents
http://www.ingenious.org.uk/

Instruments for Science, 1800–1914
Scientific Trade Catalogs in Smithsonian Collections
http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Scientific-instruments/explore.htm

Online Register of Scientific Instruments
http://isin.org/

Science and Society Picture Library
http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/

Webster’s Instrument Makers Database
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/collections/

 

Journals

ISIS
http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=isis&

Rittenhouse, The Journal of the American Scientific Instruments Enterprise
http://www.rittenhousejournal.org/

Technology and Culture
http://www.historyoftechnology.org/

 

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