Supplement Issued to the Niels Bohr Library's Guide to Archival Collections
A 1993-1996 supplement will be issued to update the AIP's Guide to the Archival Collections in the Niels Bohr Library at the American Institute of Physics. Published in 1995, the Guide described the Library's rich and varied collections of unpublished materials relating to history of modern physics and allied sciences, and has proved to be a valuable resource for historians of science and other researchers (see the Spring 1995 issue of this Newsletter for further information on the contents). The Guide covered the holdings of the Library from its inception through 1992.
The Library has acquired substantial new archival materials and oral history interviews since the Guide was prepared. We are now completing a printed supplement which will include all source material acquired between January 1993 and December 1996. The Supplement 1993-1996 to the Guide to the Archival Collections in the Niels Bohr Library is organized in the same format as before, with chapters describing manuscript materials, microfilm, oral history interviews, manuscript biographies, institutional histories, audio-visual materials, finding aids from other repositories, and finally a detailed index to the over 200 entries. The supplement will be available by December 1997. A copy will be sent at no cost to everyone whom our records show purchased a Guide, thanks to funding provided by the Friends of the Center for History of Physics. Those who received a Guide as a gift are invited to contact the Center for a copy of the supplement.
Catalog records for all collections in the supplement will also be available and searchable online early next year after they are uploaded to the Research Library Information Network (RLIN) database, and also through the Library's own Online Public Access Catalog, currently searchable through inquiry to the staff and soon to be mounted on the World Wide Web. With scholars increasingly turning to the internet for such information, it is possible that this supplement is the last that will need to be issued in print.
The original Guide (now bundled with the Supplement) can be purchased through the American Institute of Physics, Order Department, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020; phone 800-809-2247. The hardcover version is $135.00 and the softcover $75.00 (the Supplement is softcover only).