Name:

Science History Institute

Type:
Archive; Library; Museum
Address:
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
United States
Contact:
Ashley Augustyniak, Reference Librarian/Fellowship Coordinator
Telephone:
215-873-8269
Telephone:
1 215-873-8269
Fax: 215-873-5269
Abstract:

The Science History Institute is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. The collections are used to create a body of original scholarship that illuminates chemistry’s role in shaping society. In bridging science with the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

The Institute’s, Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History encompasses the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries. Strengths include alchemy, industries, general science, physics, physiology, medicine, toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, pharmacy and materia medica, technology, engineering, environmental topics, mining, and chemical manufacturers.

The Othmer Library is an independent research library. It is open by appointment to all users, but the collections and services are designed for scholars and experienced researchers who are working on specific topics, with a research strategy in place.

Researchers are encouraged to consult the online catalog and request materials in advance of their visit the library's online catalog, Midon, is available via the Institute’s web site and provides full bibliographic descriptions of books, journals, oral histories, and archival materials held in the collection. The requested items will be retrieved from the stacks to be used in the Jacobs Reading Room.

Reading Room hours--Monday–Friday--10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

To schedule an appointment to visit our collections, please click on the above link to complete the online appointment form.

Holdings:

The Donald F and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials relating to the history of science, technology, and medicine, with an emphasis on chemistry and chemical engineering from ancient to modern times. The Othmer Library currently houses approximately 160,000 print and microform volumes, rare books and manuscripts, significant archival materials, and historical photographs.

The monographs and journals range from the general fields of inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, food chemistry, and pharmacology, to specific subjects such as brewing, cosmetics, dyes, plastics, soaps, and textiles. Virtually every subject of modern chemical theory is represented, from quantum chemistry and chemical thermodynamics through cryogenics and molecular biology. The rare book collection consists of over 6,000 volumes dealing with all aspects of chemistry and related subjects from the 15th century on.

The Institute’s Othmer Library holds about 5,200 linear feet of historical manuscripts and photographs. The library actively collects and preserves the papers of individuals and groups whose work has significantly advanced our scientific understanding and whose discoveries have helped shape our lives. The photograph collection of over 25,000 images provides visual documentation of chemists, laboratories, and instrumentation. Holdings also include over 400 interviews conducted by the Institute's ongoing Oral History Project.

The Institute's Digital Collections offer highlights from our library, archives, and museum collections. Our chronology ranges from the Roman Empire to the 21st century, and the materials include everything from fine art to rare books and from scientific objects to photographs.

1. Aitchison, Thomas
2. Aitchison, Jean
3. Allington, Robert
4. Alyea, Hubert
5. Amundson, Neal
6. Anderson, Paul
7. Armstrong, Robert
8. Asbury, Willard
9. Bader, Alfred
10. Bailar, John
11. Bailey, William
12. Baker, Dexter
13. Baker, Dale
14. Baker, William
15. Baldeschwieler, John
16. Baltimore, David
17. Basolo, Fred
18. Battista, Orlando
19. Beckman, Arnold
20. Benedict, Manson
21. Benfey, O
22. Berman, Helen
23. Berson, Jerome
24. Biondi, Frank
25. Bird, R
26. Bloch, Konrad
27. Blout, Elkan
28. Boundy, Ray
29. Boyer, Raymond
30. Breslow, Ronald
31. Brewer, Leo
32. Brown, Herbert
33. Bryant, David
34. Cain, Gordon
35. Calarco, Vincent
36. Churchill, Stuart
37. Clark, Worley
38. Coates, Vincent
39. Cohn, Mildred
40. Cole, Charles
41. Cook, Paul
42. Cram, Donald
43. Cuadra, Carlos
44. D'Andrade, Hugh
45. Day, Melvin
46. Deischer, Claude
47. Dewar, Michael
48. Djerassi, Carl
49. Doering, W
50. Donley, Edward
51. Doty, Paul
52. Dubois, Jacques-Emile
53. Dusoulier, Nathalie
54. Dyer, Elizabeth
55. Eaton, Philip
56. Edelstein, Sidney
57. Eirich, Frederick
58. Eleuterio, Herbert
59. Eschenmoser, Albert
60. Fair, James
61. Fields, Bernard
62. Finnigan, Robert
63. Fisher, James
64. Folkers, Karl
65. Foskett, Douglas
66. Fox, Daniel
67. Francis, Marion
68. Frankel, Arnold
69. Franz, John
70. Free, Helen
71. Fuller, Calvin
72. Gamble, Millard
73. Garfield, Eugene
74. Gauvin, William
75. Goggin, William
76. Golde, David
77. Good, Mary
78. Govier, George
79. Green, A
80. Greer, Paul
81. Gregory, Vincent
82. Grove, Andrew
83. Hach-Darrow, Kathryn
84. Hackerman, Norman
85. Haensel, Vladimir
86. Hanford, William
87. Hannay, N
88. Hay, Alan
89. Hayden, Oliver
90. Hayes, Robert
91. Heckert, Richard
92. Henderson, Madeline
93. Hercules, David
94. Herner, Saul
95. Herzberg, Gerhard
96. Hill, Michael
97. Hirl, J
98. Hochwalt, Carroll
99. Hogan, John
100. Holveck, David
101. Horiba, Masao
102. Hottel, Hoyt
103. Humphreys, Willis
104. Hurd, Charles
105. Hyde, J
106. Idol, James
107. Johnstone, John
108. Joullie, Madeleine
109. Karle, Isabella
110. Karle, Jerome
111. Karol, Frederick
112. Katz, Donald
113. Katzen, Raphael
114. Kaye, Wilbur
115. Kelly, Michael
116. Kennedy, Robert
117. Kirkbride, Chalmer
118. Kline, Gordon
119. Kolthoff, Izaak
120. Kwolek, Stephanie
121. Labovsky, Joseph
122. Laidler, Keith
123. Landau, Ralph
124. Lederberg, Joshua
125. Li, Norman
126. Line, Maurice
127. Liston, Max
128. Los, Marinus
129. Luciano, Robert
130. Lumpkin, Henry
131. Magasanik, Boris
132. Manchester, Kenneth
133. Mandelkern, Leo
134. Manning, Robert
135. Marcus, Rudolph
136. Mark, Herman
137. Marker, Russell
138. Marvel, Carl
139. Mastin, Thomas
140. Mayo, Frank
141. McAfee, Jerry
142. McBrayer, H
143. McKennon, Keith
144. McMillan, William
145. Meadows, A
146. Mellon, Melvin
147. Mendolia, Arthur
148. Meyer, Delbert
149. Miller, Foil
150. Morawetz, Herbert
151. Morgan, Paul
152. Nakanishi, Koji
153. Natelson, Samuel
154. Newman, Melvin
155. Nichols, James
156. Nier, Alfred
157. Nissel, Frank
158. Noyce, Donald
159. Olah, George
160. Ondetti, Miguel
161. Oreffice, Paul
162. Othmer, Donald
163. Overberger, Charles
164. Parry, Robert
165. Pauling, Linus
166. Plunkett, Roy
167. Prelog, Vladimir
168. Price, Charles
169. Proskauer, Eric
170. Pruitt, Malcolm
171. Rathmann, George
172. Read, Harold
173. Reed, Charles
174. Reichmanis, Elsa
175. Reichstein, Tadeus
176. Renfrew, Malcolm
177. Rice, Francis
178. Roberts, John
179. Robinson, I
180. Rochow, Eugene
181. Rock, Arthur
182. Roland, Robert
183. Rosenkrantz, George
184. Roth, James
185. Rubens, Louis
186. Rubin, Irvin
187. Sarett, Lewis
188. Schaefgen, John
189. Scheraga, Harold
190. Schlinger, Warren
191. Schmid, Helga
192. Schoeder, Herman
193. Schultz, Claire
194. Shapiro, Irving
195. Sharp, Phillip
196. Shoolery, James
197. Signer, Rudolph
198. Simmons, Howard
199. Sinfelt, John
200. Sliepcevich, Cedomir
201. Smith, Emil
202. Smyth, Charles
203. Sorgenti, Harold
204. Spanagel, Edgar
205. St. Clair, Jack
206. Stavropoulos, William
207. Stein, Richard
208. Sternbach, Leo
209. Stockmayer, Walter
210. Stork, Gilbert
211. Storm, Carlyle
212. Streitweiser, Andrew
213. Sunderman, F
214. Szwarc, Michael
215. Tabor, Herbert
216. Thayer, Harold
217. Tishler, Max
218. Tobias, Charles
219. Tocatlian, Jacques
220. Todeschini, Claudio
221. Topsoe, Haldor
222. Turner, Howard
223. Vandenberg, Edwin
224. Verma, Inder
225. Volwiler, Ernest
226. Wall, Frederick
227. Walling, Cheves
228. Warner, John
229. Warrick, Earl
230. Weisz, Paul
231. Westheimer, Frank
232. Wilks, Paul
233. Wilson, J
234. Wilson, E
235. Wishnick, William
236. Wood, Harland
237. Woolard, Edgar
238. Wotiz, John
239. Zimm, Bruno
Subject Strengths:
History of Chemistry; History of Pharmacology and Pharmacy; History of Preventive or Occupational Medicine; Materia Medica
Last Updated:
20 Nov 2019