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The Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, invites
archives with EAD finding aids for collections in the history of physics,
astronomy, geophysics and related fields to let us index them and link them
on our recently completed Physics History Finding Aids web site
(http://www.aip.org/history/ead/findingaids.html).  The web site, which was
funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
currently represents a consortium of 11 repositories and contains 85 finding
aids.

The collections on the Physics History Finding Aids web site date from the
late 19th century forward. They cover the development of America's
participation in the modern scientific revolution but are especially strong
for World War II and the postwar era. They also document the social and
political aspects of modern science, including mobilization for defense, the
development of big science, science education, and the evolution of
America's postwar science policy.  They include the papers of eight Nobel
laureates, other seminal figures in modern science like J. Robert
Oppenheimer and James Van Allen, and many less well known but important
scientists.

We are looking forward to adding new finding aids to the Physics History
Finding Aids web site on an ongoing basis.  Because distributed custody of
EAD finding aids is sometimes a sticky issue, our method of choice is to
index other institutions' finding aids while allowing the display copy to
live on the originating institution's web server.  This increases
researchers access to your finding aids, strengthens the resources of the
Physics History site, and insures that users are viewing  the most current
display versions of the finding aids.

If you are interested in linking  finding aids or learning more about the
Physics History Finding Aids web site, please contact Clay Redding
([log in to unmask]
, 301 209-3172) at the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of
Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843
http://www.aip.org/history