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Finding Aids to Records of Professional Societies in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 99-120

History of Science Society

Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology Records, 1978-1984

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: History of Science Society
Title: Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology Records
Dates: 1978-1984
Quantity: 1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 99-120
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the files of the Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST). JCAST was comprised of three professional organizations - the History of Science Society (HSS), the Society for the History of Technology, and the Society of American Archivists. These records were created and maintained by Joan Warnow-Blewett, Chair of JCAST, and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Archivist Emeritus. Per the request of HSS, these records were transferred from AIP and made part of the HSS collections at SIA. Materials include correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, grant proposals, reports, guidelines, position papers, outlines, and schedules.

Historical Note

Concern for the documentation of modern science in the United States dates from the Conference on Science Manuscripts held in Washington in May 1960, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the History of Science Society (HSS). Other notable events of the 1960s were the establishment of the American Institute of Physics Center for the History of Physics (1960) and the work of the project on sources for the history of quantum physics (1961-1966). A number of events in the mid to late 1970s indicated a resurgence of interest in documentary questions including the development of strong archival programs in institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1978, three professional groups - the History of Science Society (HSS), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) appointed representatives to a body that took the title of Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST). The committee received a planning grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), and when a further grant from NHPRC was received beginning in 1981, the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) joined the sponsoring societies.

A particularly significant aspect of JCAST and its activities was its success in bringing together the concerns of archivists and historians in a constructive evaluation of contemporary archival problems. Further, the methodologies the committee identified as well as some of its specific findings have value beyond science and technology.

The committee prepared a series of position papers on a variety of archival issues that drew on the resources and expertise of its members. Then, after four years of activity that included issuance of a preliminary report in May 1980, JCAST issued a final report, "Understanding Progress as Process: Documentation of the History of Post-War Science and Technology in the United States." *

Committee members included: Joan Warnow-Blewett, Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics (Chair) (SAA); David Allison, Naval Research Laboratory (SHOT); David Bearman (HSS); Maynard Brichford, University of Illinois Archives (SAA); John Clayton, University of Delaware Archives (ARMA); Clark A. Elliott, Harvard University Archives (HSS); Robert Friedel, Center for History of Electrical Engineering (SHOT); Brooke Hindle, NMAH, Smithsonian (SHOT); Ann Campbell, Society of American Archivists; Sharon Gibbs, Center for Polar & Scientific Archives (HSS); David H. McCurdy, (ARMA); Alan Negus (ARMA); Helen Slotkin, MIT Archives (SAA); Richard Williams (SHOT).

*Adapted from: "Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST): Summary from the Final Report," by Clark A. Elliott, 1984.

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Introduction

These records were created and maintained by Joan Warnow-Blewett in her duties as chair of the Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST) from 1978 through 1984. They were kept in the archives of the Niels Bohr Library at the American Institute of Physics after the project was completed until April 1999. The records of the Discipline History Centers Meeting (1981-1982) were created and maintained by Clark Elliott at Harvard University Archives until January 1997 when he transferred them to the Niels Bohr Library to be integrated with the other JCAST Records. In April 1999 all of the JCAST records were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) to become part of the official records of the History of Science Society.

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Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the files of the Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST). JCAST was comprised of three professional organizations - the History of Science Society (HSS), the Society for the History of Technology, and the Society of American Archivists. These records were created and maintained by Joan Warnow-Blewett, Chair of JCAST, and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Archivist Emeritus. Per the request of HSS, these records were transferred from AIP and made part of the HSS collections at SIA. Materials include correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, grant proposals, reports, guidelines, position papers, outlines, and schedules.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-120, History of Science Society, Joint Committee on Archives of Science and Technology Records

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Container List

Box 1

1st and 2nd Proposals, 1978-1980

Box 1 of 2

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Grant - 1st Proposal 79-67

Box 1 of 2

JCAST Committee Members

Box 1 of 2

Contract and Requirements

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Committee Correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Bearman Correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Hackman Correspondence, 1980-1981

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Meeting, April 1979

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Treasurer Correspondence, 1980

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Preliminary Report Drafts, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Subcommittee Report, 1979

Box 1 of 2

Grant 79-67 - Financial and Narrative Reports, 1981

Box 1 of 2

Preliminary Report, 1980

Box 1 of 2

NHPRC Meeting, 1980

Box 1 of 2

NHPRC Letter and Response regarding 2nd Grant Period

Box 1 of 2

Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Membership

Box 1 of 2

Budget and Expenditures, 1981-1982

Box 1 of 2

Requests for Reports, 1981-1982

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1980-1983

Box 1 of 2

HSS Treasury, 1981-1983

Box 1 of 2

Hackman, L. - Correspondence, 1981-1983

Box 1 of 2

Parent Societies, 1981-1983

Box 1 of 2

Background Materials

Box 1 of 2

Appraisal Guidelines

Box 1 of 2

Influence Actions - Editorials, Articles

Box 1 of 2

Influence List

Box 1 of 2

Science Letter

Box 1 of 2

Regulatory Study, 1981

Box 1 of 2

Bibliographic Study - Brichford

Box 1 of 2

University Archives

Box 1 of 2

Industrial Records

Box 1 of 2

Position Papers Discussion, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Position Papers Assigned, February 1982

Box 1 of 2

Position Papers - Reports and Drafts, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Position Papers and Reports, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Research Projects

Box 1 of 2

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Panel

Box 1 of 2

Financial and Narrative Reports, 1981-1983

Box 1 of 2

Final Report Outline, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Report Schedule, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Draft of Book, 1982

Box 1 of 2

Progress Report, June 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Summaries, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Final Report, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Final Report, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Correspondence, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Book, May, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Book Draft, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Book, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Production, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Production Expenses, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Book Requests, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Book Report Distribution, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Distribution - Sent, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Report Distribution - Parent Societies, 1983

Box 1 of 2

Final Report, 1984

Box 1 of 2

Publications asked to Review Report, 1984

Box 1 of 2

Book Reviews, 1984

Box 1 of 2

Meeting, January, 1981

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Meeting, May 1981

Box 2 of 2

Meeting, October 1981

Box 2 of 2

Meeting, May 1982

Box 2 of 2

Meeting, May 1982

Box 2 of 2

Meeting, Airlie House, May 1982

Box 2 of 2

Meeting, September 1982

Box 2 of 2

Meetings with Discipline Centers, 1981-1982

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers Meeting - Final Report, 1982

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers Meeting - Invitation and Agenda, 1981

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers Meeting - Correspondence, 1981

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers Meeting - Correspondence on Report, 1981

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers Meeting - General Mailings, 1981

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers - Members Questionnaire, 1981

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers - Questionnaire to Centers, 1982

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers - Report on Questionnaires, 1982

Box 2 of 2

Discipline Centers - Response to Science letter, 1982

Box 2 of 2