Well over half the material held at the American Philosophical Society Library documents the history of science. These collections include manuscripts, printed materials, images and photographs, as well as oral history interviews and other audio-visual records.
In terms of subject-area, the APS’s history of science collections run the gamut from A to Z—from astronomy to zoology—with particular strengths in genetics, evolutionary biology, and the life sciences. Other areas of note include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century natural history, physics, and the early history of computing.
The APS Library hosts several subject guides providing access to its history of science materials. Explore the subject areas below to learn more.
The APS’s Digital Library hosts hundreds of images representing materials in the history of science. Notable digital projects in this area include web exhibits highlighting the lives and achievements of biophysicist Britton Chance and of Nobel Prize-winning physician Baruch Blumberg, whose papers are housed at the APS.