Center Publishes Brochure on Saving Personal Papers and Archival Records
We are pleased to announce the availability of a revised version of our "Scientific Source Materials" brochure. This original version, prepared by the History Center in 1963, was the first effort of its kind aimed at scientists; the text has been adapted and used by many other organizations. The information remains relevant today, and there is more need than ever to spread the word about the importance of preserving the historical records of science. Our 1999 version brings the brochure up-to-date in style and content, taking account of changes in the types of materials scientists produce, copyright considerations, and so forth. Aimed primarily to help scientists and their families, it includes guidelines on the preservation of personal papers and archival records, which should also be useful to anyone concerned with preserving such papers, such as the scientists colleagues and the scholars who study the history of science. The brochure provides general advice on who should consider saving their papers and the kinds of material that merit preservation (correspondence, course notes, laboratory notebooks, biographical materials, etc.). The brochure also discusses finding the appropriate archival repository and how to start the preservation process by working with archivists.
Please contact the History Center if you would like to obtain a copy of the brochure (there is no charge for up to ten copies). A version of the text can also be downloaded or printed from the publications page of our Website (/history/source.htm).