AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVII, No. 1, Spring 1995


New Internet Sites and Services for History of Science

Historians and archivists of science are finding a variety of uses for the Internet; many now use e-mail as their chief means of communication. Some are edging into the way of exploiting the Internet known as the World Wide Web (WWW use is doubling roughly every two months). Some new services are:

Center for History of Physics on the Web. This newsletter will be mounted at the URL: /aip/histctr/chphome.html. Come and check this site out later this year: during the course of 1995 the Center will be putting up a HomePage with a variety of other material.

World Wide Web Services in History of Astronomy. The first general History of Astronomy pages are now on the Web at the URL: The pages contain their own information as well as links to special pages at other servers devoted to the history of astronomy and to related topics in general history of science. These pages are maintained by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft, whose URL is:

Internet Worldwide Guide to Science Studies Programs. The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced a new project for its gopher archives "Science Studies," mounted gopher:// Over the last two years, the Science Studies Archive has provided a wide variety of services to the world science studies community. Now it will provide a new service, requested by a large number of colleagues: a comprehensive guide to what is available in science studies around the globe. Since there is no such guide currently available in any form, the group proposes to create one and post it on their gopher. If you would like your program to be listed and described in the Internet Worldwide Guide, send a program description to George Gale, via Information on your program should include anything you think relevant to prospective students or colleagues, researchers, or just about anyone who needs straight information about you. Please limit yourself to 5 screens (about 90 lines) of ASCII text. One easy solution would be to simply reproduce your program advertisement's copy.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) fax-on-demand/gopher service is an interactive fax retrieval system that allows users to select and receive by fax a wide variety of NARA information. There is no charge for this service except for any long distance telephone charges you may incur. The system now contains about 120 documents and includes general information about the National Archives and its facilities and holdings; general information, finding aids and ordering information for motion picture, video and sound recording, electronic and cartographic records; information about the holdings of the Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries systems; news releases; and more. You can obtain the full list of available documents in 3 ways: (1) By calling the fax-on-demand system at (301) 713-6905 using the handset of your fax machine. Follow the voice instructions and select document #1. (2) By sending me an e-mail message at with the subject heading "faxlist". You will receive an automated reply. (3) By accessing the NARA gopher, CLIO. Point your gopher client to, or use a Web browser (such as Mosaic or Lynx) to open the following URL: Many, but not all, of the fax-on-demand documents are also available on the gopher.

Federation of Activists on Science & Technology Network. To participate more actively in promoting a democratic politics of science and technology, you are invited to join the FASTnet. FASTnet and Loka Alerts are activities of the Loka Institute's Technology & Democracy Project, which promotes a strong grassroots, worker, and public-interest group voice in science and technology decision making. There are currently 895 people and organizations worldwide on the Loka e-mail list (plus others reading via the Institute for Global Communications electronic conference loka.alerts, via repostings to other electronic lists, and via authorized republication in various newsletters and magazines). To join, send an e-mail message to Leave the subject line blank. The text of your message should read: subscribe FASTnet. You will receive an automated reply giving more details.

Presidential Library information will be put in cyberspace by a public/private partnership coordinated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Teaming up with the U.S. National Archives, its eleven presidential libraries (Herbert Hoover through George Bush), and the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association, the University's Leadership Information Archives has created two information services. The first is the Gopher PRESIDENT, temporarily resident at gopher:// under its "sunsite archives by subject" section; mirrors may be found at sunsites worldwide. There is also a PRESIDENT Web service at the URL: The creators may be contacted at e-mail or "ear-mail" (919) 962-0413.

A listserv for Science and Technology Librarians. STS-L is a moderated e-mail list sponsored by the Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) of the American Library Association (ALA). It uses the revised LISTSERV software. All messages are received by the moderators and then distributed to the group. The purpose of the list is to provide a forum for the discussion of issues primarily of interest to all science and technology librarians; provide a quick communication link between the STS section leadership and the members; and serve as a distribution point for STS publications. It is a public list, open to all interested persons. To join, send an e-mail message to: The text of your message should read: subscribe STS-L [yournamehere]. You will receive an automated reply giving more details.

PhotoNet, the online photographic database of the Archives of the California Institute of Technology, consists of approximately 2,000 digitized images from the late nineteenth century through the 1970s. Caltech faculty, Nobel Prize winners, distinguished visitors, groups of scientists, historical laboratory apparatus, buildings, and facilities may be viewed using simple search procedures. PhotoNet is mounted on the World Wide Web and may be accessed through the Caltech HomePage or via Mosaic through the URL:

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