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New Acquisitions at Johns Hopkins University Special Collections and Archives

Johns Hopkins University Special Collections and Archives recently acquired the papers of physicist David P. Stern (1973-2010), biochemist and enzymologist Maurice Bessman (1956-2007), a Mary Ann Cowan herbarium including materials from 1835 and 1911, and a Lorrain Sherman Hulburt mathematics textbook from 1918.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia Processes 19th and 20th Century Materials

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia recently began to sort and catalog medical trade ephemera, reprints, and government documents that were collected in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries. This collection consists of 700 boxes equating to approximately 70,000 uncatalogued items. The unique documents inside each box range from public health decrees in Philadelphia issued by the office of the Mayor to World War I rehabilitation of “limbless soldiers” presented by the Red Cross. 

New York Academy of Medicine Acquires 17th-century Cookbook and Offers New Finding Aids to Researchers

The New York Academy of Medicine Library recently acquired a German manuscript cookbook from ca. 1700, compiling several hundred recipes. The purchase adds to the Library’s already extensive cookery collection, numbering some 10,000 items. In addition, four new finding aids have been made available online, including the records of three professional organizations (the New York Cardiological Society, the New York Clinical Society, and the New York Pediatric Society), as well as the papers of Charles Loomis Dana (1852-1935), a prominent New York neurologist. 

The Third Biennial Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences - Call for Papers

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics is pleased to host an international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held April 6-10, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. The goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration amongst junior scholars and to provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences. The conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars. “Early Career” includes graduate students and recent PhDs, independent scholars, post-docs, and those in early-stage academic positions. We welcome submissions, including works-in-progress, from all time periods and areas of the history of the physical sciences, including geophysics, industrial physics, astronomy, chemistry, space sciences, and more. All historiographical perspectives are welcome, from socio-cultural to highly technical. 

Linda Hall Library acquires observation logs from comet hunter David H. Levy

The Linda Hall Library recently acquired 26 observation logs from David H. Levy, one of the most successful comet hunters in history, with 22 comets discovered, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. The logs given to the Linda Hall Library date from 1956 when, at age eight, Levy accidentally saw a shooting star during the summer. He has kept an observation log ever since, totaling 18,000 sessions. Levy also donated an equal number of his personal journals which help explain the information contained within the observation logs. The remainder of Dr. Levy’s observation logs and journals will be donated to the Library after his death. 

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