AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXII , No. 2, Fall 2000


Grants to Archives Program Makes Important Collections Accessible

Reines Exhibit poster
Poster for an exhibit at the UC-Irvine Main and Science Libraries, January-May 2000, celebrating the opening of the Frederick Reines Papers. The processing of the Reines Papers was partly supported by an AIP History Center Grant.

In 1998 the AIP Center for History of Physics created a Grants to Archives program, earmarking $30,000 in income from the endowment fund of the Friends of the Center to support the arrangement and description of collections in physics and allied fields at archives around the world. We received 17 applications during the first year, and because of the strength of the proposals and the need that they demonstrated for support, we’ve continued and expanded the program with the help of an anonymous New York foundation. In 1999 and 2000 we awarded $60,000 annually, with grants ranging up to $10,000 each. The grants are competitive and require matching funds; the grants that we funded in 1999 had a total of $300,000 in promised or anticipated matches.

The Center’s modest investment has had important consequences for science historians and archivists. A number of important collections are now processed and available to researchers many years earlier than might otherwise have been possible. Another result is that some archives have been able to begin cleaning up some of their backlogs and to work more actively to take in new collections. Thanks to the generosity of Friends who have built up our endowment, the program can continue in future years so long as a strong need persists. For current program guidelines see our Web site at or contact us at (301-209-3165).

Grants Awarded, 2000

Institution Amount Project

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

$5,862 Joseph Ford Papers
National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists (United Kingdom) $10,000 S. Keith Runcorn Papers
National Center for Atmostpheric Research $6,473 Philip D. Thompson Papers
Russian Academy of Science $9,932 Papers of D.I. Blokhintsev, N.N. Bogoliubov, V.I. Goldansky, B.M. Pontekorvo, D.V. Skobeltsyn and Ya B. Zeldovich
University of Aarhus (Denmark) $8,600 Bengt Strömgren Papers
University of Minnesota $10,000 Papers of Alfred O.C. Nier, Phyllis Freier and Edward Ney
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $10,000 Papers of Columbus O'D. Iselin, John B. Hersey, John M. Hunt, Nicholas P. Fofonoff, raymond B. Montgomery, Charles D. Hollister and William S. von Arx

Grants Awarded, 1999

Institution Amount Project
California Institute of Technology $3,103 Robert Leighton, Robert Walker Papers
Niels Bohr Archive (Denmark) $10,000 Aage Bohr, Allan Mackintosh Papers
Princeton University $10,000 Survey & organize physics collections
Smithsonian Institution Archives $10,000 Riccardo Giacconi Papers
Stanford University (SLAC) $10,000 Burton Richter Papers
University of Alaska, Fairbanks $10,000 Sydney Chapman Papers
University of California, Berkeley $10,000 Exploratorium Records
University of California, San Diego $10,000 Edward Allan Frieman Papers

Grants Awarded, 1998

Institution Amount Project
California Institute of Technology $8,325 William A. Fowler Papers
Russian Academy of Science $9,200

Anatoly Aleksandrov, Yakov Zel'dovich, V.V. Shuleykin, etc. Papers

University of California, Irvine $10,000 Frederick Reines Papers

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