$240,000 to Complete History That Matters Campaign
By definition, important archival work like that of the AIP History Center should be maintained in perpetuity, and that requires adequate annual funding. The revolutionary work of physicists and other scientists in our times is bound to be of interest to people for centuries to come. The research itself will continue, and the responsibility to preserve its history and make it known likewise will not end.
Moreover, the Center's
challenges keep multiplying with the adoption of newer communication
and data storage methods, and the approaching end of the first flowering
of modern physics—a century in which the number of graduates
rose by orders of magnitude. Each year we mark the passing of familiar
names who opened up entirely new branches of physics and allied sciences.
The Center must increase both the scope and intensity of its activities
to meet these new challenges while maintaining its responsibilities.
This will require a healthy endowment of at least $40 million.