No independent history of science program or department currently exists at Dartmouth; the collection goal is to support a liberal arts education and faculty research needs.
Activities at Dartmouth which directly bear on the history of science are:
While history of science and technology is not usually found outside the science and technology areas, the subject area is becoming more interdisciplinary in nature. In fact, areas within the social sciences and humanities now contain a growing number of titles which deal with a variety of science/technology history themes; e.g., the sociology of knowledge, the philosophy of science, the anthropology of science, and gender studies, to name a few.
History of science material is generally found in the following Library of Congress classifications: general history of science is classified in Q and the histories of specific science fields are within the classification of that subject. For example, QE, the history of geology, QC, the history of physics, QL, the history of zoology, etc. In addition, the history of technology classes in T.
In the Dewey system, 506 (organizations and societies) and 509 (history of science) are the areas in which material is classified. Most Dewey-classed material is approximately 1960 and earlier.
The collection is primarily in English, but no language is excluded.
Any time period is considered.
Coverage is world-wide with an emphasis on North America, Western Europe and Asia; however, no area is specifically excluded.
Monographs and sets, serials, government publications, conference proceedings, dissertations and theses, and various indexes, abstracts and bibliographies are included in the collection. No material type is excluded.
A special type of material collected is the papers of Dartmouth science faculty. Special Collections makes every effort to identify faculty who have made significant contributions to science and technology and they actively solicit the ownership of the material. In addition, they encourage suggestions from faculty, colleagues and librarians.
The predominant format is print, with a growing amount being in digital form; no format is excluded.
Acquiring materials in the history of science is the responsibility of all librarians with collecting assignments in the sciences. For instance, the engineering bibliographer is responsible for history of technology resources; for biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, computer science and astronomy, individual science bibliographers are responsible for historical material in their disciplines. The philosophy bibliographer collects material in the philosophy of science and the history of the philosophy of science. Rare books and incunabula dealing with the history of science are the responsibility of the rare books bibliographer. Literature on modern science from approximately 1960 through the present is acquired by the bibliographer who manages the Science (general) fund. For more details and specific collecting intensities, see the Collection Policy Statements for specific science and technology subjects.
The materials acquired by the history of science bibliographer compliments and does not duplicate what science bibliographers acquire. The focus is on general works and on materials for faculty research needs. Selection is made from the following Library of Congress classifications:
|Q115-116||Science (General)--Scientific voyages and expeditions (General)|
|Q184-185.7||Science (General)--Instruments and apparatus (General)|
|QH15||Natural history (General)--History|
|QH305||Biology (General)--History and conditions|
|R131.A3-Z||Medicine (General)--History--General works|
Bill McEwen, Connie Rinaldo
Mark Mounts (2009)
Q, R, T
Jane Quigley, Mark Mounts
Last Updated: 8/5/16