News and Notes

January 8, 2015

Fellowships Available for 2015-2016

The Consortium invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed.  Opportunities include:

  • short-term Research Fellowships for use of member institutions’ collections
  • nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships
  • a nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

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    January 6, 2015

    Announcing the New Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Seven institutions have joined with the dozen members of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science to form the new Consortium. We are very excited by the greatly expanded opportunities and resources that these new partnerships will provide for promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.


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    December 16, 2014

    New Acquisitions and Digitized Archives at Drexel University

    Drexel University acquired and processed several important collections in 2014. New acquisitions include, among other, the complete records of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 1899-2012; sketches of animals and prehistoric subjects by the paleoartist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins; and the papers of the nutritionist Corinne H. Robison. Newly processed collections include the Academic Affairs records of Hahnemann University, 1848-2009 and the papers of the physiologist Stella Yates Botelho (1923-1987). The University also recently produced a searchable, digitized edition of Thomas S. Bradford’s biographies of homeopathic physicians compiled from 1896 to 1916.

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    December 9, 2014

    The American Philosophical Society makes James van Gundia and Frank Siebert papers available to researchers

    The American Philosophical Society has recently made newly processed resources available to researchers, including papers of James van Gundia, a pioneer of human population genetics, and Frank Siebert, a chemist-turned-anthropologist who made important contributions to Algonquin linguistics. 

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    December 2, 2014

    Chemical Heritage Foundation acquires 15th-century Alchemical Manuscripts

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation made several highly significant new acquisitions in the past year. Among these are a collection of rare alchemy manuscripts, many from the 15th century; rare texts and experimental notebooks of 18th and 19th century chemists; correspondence and personal papers of noteworthy 20th century physicists, engineers, chemists, and industrialists; and several significant material artifacts. 

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    Nautilus surfaced near ice floes, 1931
    Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society