Secretary Carmichael attends International Conference on Scientific Information




Date: November 16-21, 1958


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Secretary Leonard Carmichael and Ellis Yochelson, geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. National Museum, attend the International Conference on Scientific Information held in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Documentation Institute, and the National Research Council, this conference explored current research on the storage and retrieval of scientific information bringing together on an international level scientists and information specialists.


  • Yochelson, Ellis L
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Research Council
  • National Science Foundation


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • This conference marks some of the earliest interest in digital information systems at the Smithsonian, which leads to the Smithsonian's creation of computerized collections management and information systems.
  • E.M. McCormick, of the Office of Science Information Service, National Science Foundation, also published an article on "Digital Computers: Their History Operation, and Use" in the 1960 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • National Research Council. 1959. Proceedings of the International Conference on Scientific Information: Two Volumes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi:

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 16-21, 1958


  • Computers
  • Information storage and retrieval systems


Washington (D.C.)

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