News and notes for history of science-medicine-technology, June-July 2018

Farewell and thanks! This is probably my last post on this blog. Retirement will be a new chapter for me; I’m not entirely sure what it will hold yet but I’m looking forward to finding out! It has been delightful learning about history of science scholarship and teaching at Washington University and a new (to me) discipline.

You are in good hands until a new history of science, medicine, and technology subject librarian is announced. Michael Schaefer, History and Religious Studies Librarian, will be your interim contact in the libraries. You can see his picture, email, phone number and make-an-appointment link on his research guides profile. The fy2019 book budget it now available so please let him know what books (and journals if any) you need available at WU.

Exhibit through Sept. 14 at Becker Medical Library: New Glaser Gallery exhibit on the illustrated history of brain function.

Becker Medical Library Special Collections Book Club: The June meeting on The Anatomy Lesson was lovely. The discussion was enhanced by a tour and stories of several rare books owned by the Becker Medical Library. The next book, Year of wonders : a novel of the plague, will be discussed September 26, 4-6 pm. Sign up for updates to learn about future books and meetings.

Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference, September 27 & 28, 2018 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis WU faculty and staff may register and attend FTTC at no cost because the libraries, teaching center and several other university units have contributed enough to be a “gold sponsor” of this conference. The program is available online.

New eresources of possible interest to historians:

  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century: Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment. (Purchased Parts IX-XIII).
  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection contains more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1693 to 1877. The Collection was released in five series.
    • Series 1 presents titles dating from 1693 through 1820.
    • Series 2 (1821-1837) ranges from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.
    • Series 3 (1838-1852) themes reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities.
    • Series 4 (1853-1865) focuses on the Civil War but also provides a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war
    • Series 5 (1866-1877) themes reflect a nation that persevered through a most difficult set of circumstances: a bloody civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; the incorporation of the recently-freed African Americans into American life; a population that rapidly expanded into the Western territories.
  • AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Journal Backfiles — we now have access back to volume 1, issue 1 of 6 titles published by the AIAA: AIAA Journal, Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Guidance, Control & Dynamics, Journal of Propulsion & Power, Journal of Spacecraft & Rockets, and Journal of Thermophysics & Heat Transfer.
  • The Civil War Collection In-depth articles discuss trade with foreign countries, and how their governments viewed the United States in light of the Civil War. There is information on specific industries of the time, such as the oyster trade in New York. Slavery is an important topic, and countless editorials discuss pre- and post-war attitudes from both sides, as well as troop movements during the war. Purchased additional components, including Soldiers’, Generals’, and Iowa’s Perspectives; Northeast Regimental Histories, and Abraham Lincoln Library Abolitionist Books.
  • HistoryMakers Digital Archive The HistoryMakers refashions a more inclusive record of American history by recording, preserving and sharing the life stories of thousands of African Americans, from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy.
  • Oxford Journals Archives We have added access from volume 1, issue 1 through 1995 to approximately 100 titles in Humanities, Social Science, and Science Archives collections (Science Archives titles added since 2007).
  • SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) Ebook Archive — SPIE Press is the largest independent publisher of optics and photonics books. The collection includes all of the top SPIE Press monographs, reference works, field guides, tutorial texts, and Spotlight eBooks to keep researchers current on the latest science and technology and advancing their own work. (Purchased ebooks published back to 1989).

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries June-July 2018:

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819