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Susan Macicak,
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Merry Burlingham,
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Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

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Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist

History of Science

I. Purpose:
History of Science materials support teaching and research on the undergraduate level as well as post-doctoral and faculty research. Courses in the history of science have traditionally been shared by faculty in the Departments of Philosophy and History. Some faculty and students in the natural sciences, the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics have interest in the historical aspects of their fields, but these interests are not generally reflected in the course offerings of their departments.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English is the most commonly collected language, with strong emphases on Greek, Latin, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian where appropriate. Whenever possible the original text of important scientific works is purchased, no matter what the language. Translated critical editions of important works are purchased in English and the major European languages.

B. Chronological Guidelines: There is an emphasis on the development of modern science form the time of the Renaissance to the present. Some interest does exist in ancient and medieval science, mathematics, and technology particularly in Greek and Roman science and technology.

C. Geographical Guidelines: There is strong interest in British, Western European, Russian, and American science, mathematics, and technology. For the ancient and medieval period, Greek, Chinese, and Arabic science and technology are important.

D. Treatment of Subject: Biographies of important scientist are collected, as are work dealing with the relationship of science to government, society, culture as a whole, etc. Popular treatments, juvenile materials, and introductory textbooks are not ordinarily purchased.

E. Types of Materials: Society publications and the transactions and proceedings of conferences are purchased extensively. Theses and dissertations from other institutions are acquired in limited numbers. Microforms are selectively purchased.

F. Date of Publication: There is an emphasis on current books.

G. Other General Considerations: The History of Science Collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center contains rare books, manuscripts, and facsimiles of great interest to researchers in many fields. This collection is particularly strong in botany, chronology, physics, and astronomy.

The Perry-Castañeda Library has the Landmarks of Science series, in a micro project that has reprinted the collected writings of more than 300 scientist and the significant work of 3000 additional scientists.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Astronomy - - C See also Astronomy Statement, History
Biology - - C See also Biological Sciences Statement, History
Chemistry Includes the precursors of modern chemistry, such as alchemy - - C See also Chemistry Statement, History
Computer SciencesIncludes calculating machines and automata - - C See also Computer Sciences Statement, History
Geology - - C See also Geological Sciences Statement, History
Mathematics - - C See also Mathematics Statement, History
Medicine - - B See also Medicine Statement, History
Exception: Classical Middle East and South Asian Texts - - C See also Middle Eastern Studies Statement, History
Pharmacy - - B See also Pharmacy Statement, History
Exception: Pharmacy in Texas - - C See also Pharmacy Statement, History
Physics - - C See also Physics Statement, History
Scientific Expeditions and Voyages - - C History
Technology - - C See also Engineering Statement, History

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