The History of Technology
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The history of technology can be approached not only as a chronology
of machine development and a study of artifacts, but also as a
study of economic and social development. Although the emphasis
in this guide is on general histories of technology in the English
language, many of the sources listed will be useful in compiling
the histories of individual branches of technology. Not intended
to be a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation updates TB
87-4 and is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put
the reader "on target." Related Tracer Bullet titles include History
of Household Technology, Science and Technology in 18th
Century America, Inventions and Inventors, and History
of American Agriculture.
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Buchanan, Robert A. The history of technology. In The New Encyclopaedia
Britannica. 15th ed. v. 28. Chicago, Encyclopaedia
Britannica, c1998. p. 440-472.
AE5.E363 1998 <BusRR>
Hall, A. Rupert. Technology. In The Encyclopedia Americana.
International ed. v. 26. Danbury, Conn., Grolier, c2000. p. 357-378.
AE5.E333 2000 <BusRR>
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Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books
on the history of technology can be located in most card, book,
and online catalogs, include the following:
for geographical breakdowns of this topic, it may be necessary to
search both "Technology--Geographic area--History," e.g., "Technology--Europe--History"
and "Technology--History--Geographic area," e.g., "Technology--History--China."
for geographical breakdowns of this topic, search "Engineering--Geographic
area--History," e.g., "Engineering--Great Britain--History."
also more specific topics, such as "Mechanical Engineering--History;"
"Power Resources--History;" "Steam-engines--History," etc.
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Daumas, Maurice, ed. A history of technology & invention; progress
through the ages. Translated by Eileen B. Hennessy. New York,
Crown Publishers, c1969-1979. 3 v.
Translation of Histoire générale des techniques.
Contents: v. 1. The origins of technological civilization.--v.
2. The first stages of mechanization.--v. 3. The expansion of mechanization,
Derry, T. K. (Thomas Kingston), and Trevor I. Williams. A short
history of technology from the earliest times to A.D. 1900.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1961, c1960. 782 p.
Bibliography: p. 750-758.
T15.D4 1961 <SciRR>
Garrison, Ervan G. A history of engineering and technology:
artful methods. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla., CRC Press,
1999. 347 p.
TA15.G37 1998 <SciRR>
The History of techniques. New York, Gordon and Breach
Science Publishers, c1986. 2 v. (1410 p.)
Bibliography: p. 1187-1242.
T15.H5713 1986 <SciRR>
Translation of Histoire des techniques.
Contents: v. 1. Techniques and civilizations.
Written and edited by Bertrand Gille -- v. 2. Techniques and sciences.
Edited by Bertrand Gille; written by André Fel and others.
Singer, Charles Joseph, and others, eds. A history of technology.
Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1954-1984. 8 v.
Volumes 6-7 ed. by Trevor I. Williams.
Contents: v. 1. From early times to fall of ancient
empires.--v. 2. The Mediterranean civilizations and the Middle Ages,
c. 700 B.C. to c. 1500 A.D.--v. 3. From the Renaissance to the industrial
revolution, c. 1500-c. 1750.--v. 4. The industrial revolution, c.
1750 to c. 1850.--v. 5. The late nineteenth century, c. 1850 to
c. 1900.--v. 6-7. The twentieth century, c. 1900 to c. 1950.--v.
8. Consolidated indexes. Compiled by Richard Raper.
Technology in Western civilization. Edited by Melvin Kranzberg
and Carroll W. Pursell, Jr. New York, Oxford University Press, 1967.
Contents: v. 1. The emergence of modern industrial
society, earliest times to 1900.--v. 2. Technology in the twentieth
Williams, Trevor Illtyd. A history of invention: from stone
axes to silicon chips. Updated & revised by William E. Schaaf,
Jr. with Arianne E. Burnette. New York, Checkmark Books, c2000.
T15.W718 2000 <SciRR>
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TITLES ABOUT PARTICULAR PERIODS OR COUNTRIES
Bishop, John Leander. A history of American manufactures from
1608 to 1860. 3rd ed., rev. and enl. New York, A.
M. Kelly, 1966. 3 v. (Library of early American business and industry,
TS23.B72 1966 <SciRR>
3rd ed. first published in 1868.
Early American technology: making and doing things from the
colonial era to 1850. Edited by Judith A. McGaw. Chapel Hill,
Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture,
Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press,
c1994. 482 p.
Bibliography: p. 358-460.
T21.E24 1994 <SciRR>
Forbes, Robert James. Studies in ancient technology. Leiden,
E. J. Brill, 1964- Label mounted on t.p. of v. 1 has imprint: W.S.
Heinman, New York. Vol. 1, 3, 5, 7: 2nd ed.; v. 2, 4,
6, 9: 2nd rev. ed.
Gille, Bertrand. Engineers of the Renaissance. Cambridge,
Mass., MIT Press, 1966. 254 p.
Translated from Les ingénieurs de la Renaissance,
published by Hermann, Paris, in 1964.
Hindle, Brooke, and Steven Lubar. Engines of change: the American
industrial revolution, 1790-1860. Washington, Smithsonian Institution
Press, c1986. 309 p.
Bibliography: p. 285-298.
Hodges, Henry. Technology in the ancient world. With drawings
by Judith Newcomer. New York, Knopf, 1970. 287 p.
Humphrey, John William, John P. Oleson, and Andrew N. Sherwood.
Greek and Roman technology: a sourcebook: annotated translations
of Greek and Latin texts and documents. London, New York, Routledge,
1998. 623 p.
T16.G74 1998 <SciRR>
Marcus, Alan I., and Howard P. Segal. Technology in America:
a brief history. 2nd ed. Fort Worth, Harcourt Brace
College Publishers, c1999. 400 p.
T21.M372 1999 <SciRR>
Mowery, David C., and Nathan Rosenberg. Paths of innovation:
technological change in 20th century America. Cambridge,
Eng., New York, Cambridge University Press, 1998. 214 p.
Bibliography: p. 181-199.
Needham, Joseph. Science and civilisation in China. Cambridge,
Eng., University Press, 1954- .
DS721.N39 <China Ref>
Partial contents: v. 4. Physics and physical technology:
pt. 2. Mechanical engineering. pt. 3. Civil engineering and nautics,
with the collaboration of Wang Ling and Lu Gwei-Djen--v. 5. Chemistry
and chemical technology: pt. 1. Paper and printing, by Tsien Tsuen-hsuin.
pt. 6. Military technology, missiles and sieges. pt. 7. Military
technology, the gunpowder epic. pt. 9. Textile technology, spinning
and reeling, by Dieter Kuhn. pt. 13. Mining, by Peter J. Golas.
Sinclair, Bruce, Norman R. Ball, and James O. Peterson, comps.
Let us be honest and modest: technology and society in Canadian
history. Toronto, Oxford University Press, 1974. 309 p.
Bibliography: p. 307-309.
Technology in Australia, 1788-1988: a condensed history of
Australian technological innovation and adaptation during the first
two hundred years. Compiled by Fellows of the Australian Academy
of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Melbourne, Australian
Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 1988. 1017 p.
"The Sir Lindesay Clark memorial volume."
White, K. D. Greek and Roman technology. Ithaca, N.Y.,
Cornell University Press, 1984. 272 p.
Bibliography: p. 241-255.
T16.W45 1984 <SciRR>
White, Lynn Townsend, Jr. Medieval religion and technology:
collected essays. Berkeley, University of California Press,
c1978. 360 p. (Publications of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies, UCLA, 13)
Williams, Trevor Illtyd. A short history of twentieth-century
technology c. 1900-c. 1950. Oxford (Oxfordshire), Clarendon
Press; New York, Oxford University Press, 1982. 411 p.
TITLES ABOUT PARTICULAR TOPICS
Sequel to A short history of technology from
the earliest times to A.D. 1900, by T. K. Derry and Trevor
American Public Works Association. History of public works
in the United States, 1776-1976. Editor, Ellis L. Armstrong;
associate editors, Michael C. Robinson, Suellen M. Hoy. Chicago,
The Association, c1976. 736 p.
Bilstein, Roger E. The American aerospace industry: from workshop
to global enterprise. New York, Twayne Publishers, c1996. 280
Bibliography: p. 271-273.
HD9711.5.U6B55 1996 <BusRR>
Brockmann, R. John. From millwrights to shipwrights to the
twenty-first century: explorations in a history of technical communication
in the United States. Cresskill, N.J., Hampton Press, c1998.
Campbell-Kelly, Martin, and William Aspray. Computer: a history
of the information machine. New York, Basic Books, c1996. 342
Bibliography: p. 321-333.
Condit, Carl W. American building: materials and techniques
from the first colonial settlements to the present. 2nd
ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1982. 329 p., 88 p. of
plates (The Chicago history of American civilization, CHAC 25)
Bibliography: p. 295-303.
Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. A social history of American technology.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1997. 342 p.
T14.5.C69 1997 <SciRR>
Gordon, Robert B. (Robert Boyd), and Patrick M. Malone. The
texture of industry: an archaeological view of the industrialization
of North America. New York, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Bibliography: p. 399-423.
Hounshell, David A. From the American system to mass production,
1800-1932: the development of manufacturing technology in the United
States. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, c1984. 411
p. (Studies in industry and society, 4)
Bibliography: p. 385-398.
TS149.H68 1984 <SciRR>
Hunter, Louis C. A history of industrial power in the United
States, 1780-1930. Charlottesville, Published for the Eleutherian
Mills-Hagley Foundation by the University Press of Virginia, 1979-1985.
Includes bibliographical references.
Vol. 2 has imprint: Published for the Hagley Museum
Contents: v. 1. Waterpower in the century of the
steam engine.--v. 2. Steam power.
Lay, M. G. (Maxwell G.) Ways of the world: a history of the
world's roads and of the vehicles that used them. New Brunswick,
N. J., Rutgers University Press, 1992. 401 p.
Bibliography: p. 361-377.
TA1015.L39 1992 <SciRR>
MacKeand, J. C. B. Sparks and flames: ignition in engines:
an historical approach. Montchanin, Del., Tyndar Press, c1997.
Material culture of the wooden age. Edited by Brooke Hindle.
Tarrytown, N.Y., Sleepy Hollow Press, c1981. 394 p.
Bibliography: p. 371-373.
Military enterprise and technological change: perspectives
on the American experience. Edited by Merritt Roe Smith. Cambridge,
Mass., MIT Press, c1985. 391 p.
Nye, David E. Consuming power: a social history of American
energies. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, c1998. 331 p.
Bibliography: p. 265-323.
Palmer, Marilyn, and Peter Neaverson. Industrial archaeology:
principles and practice. London, New York, Routledge, 1998.
Bibliography: p. 164-171.
Petulla, Joseph M. American environmental history. 2nd
ed. Columbus, Merrill Pub. Co., c1988. 444 p.
HC103.7.P48 1988 <SciRR>
Ryder, John Douglas, and Donald G. Fink. Engineers & electrons:
a century of electrical progress. New York, IEEE Press, c1984.
TK23.R9 1984 <SciRR>
Smith, Norman Alfred Fisher. A history of dams. London,
P. Davies, 1971. 279 p.
Bibliography: p. 257-262.
White, John H., Jr. A history of the American locomotive: its
development, 1830-1880. New York, Dover Publications, 1979,
c1968. 504 p.
Bibliography: p. 489-494.
Reprint of the ed. published by Johns Hopkins
Press, Baltimore, under title American locomotives.
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Appleton's dictionary of machines, mechanics, engine-work, and
engineering. New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1852. 2 v.
Berlow, Lawrence H. The reference guide to famous engineering
landmarks of the world: bridges, tunnels, dams, roads, and other
structures. Phoenix, Ariz., Oryx Press, 1998. 250 p.
Bibliography: p. 221-228.
TA15.B42 1998 <SciRR>
Biographical dictionary of the history of technology.
Edited by Lance Day and Ian McNeil. London, New York, Routledge,
1996. 844 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
T39.B49 1996 <SciRR>
The Blackwell encyclopedia of industrial archaeology.
Edited by Barrie Trinder; editorial board, Axel Fohl and others.
Oxford, Eng., Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell, 1992. 964 p.
Bibliography: p. 873-930.
T37.B55 1992 <SciRR>
Bruno, Leonard C. Science & technology firsts. Detroit,
Gale Research, c1997. 636 p.
Bibliography: p. 535-538.
T15.B684 1997 <SciRR>
Carter, Ernest Frank. Dictionary of inventions and discoveries.
2nd rev. ed. London, Muller, 1974. 208 p.
T9.C335 1974 <SciRR>
A Diderot pictorial encyclopedia of trades and industry: manufacturing
and the technical arts in plates selected from "L'Encyclopédie,
ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts, et des métiers"
of Denis Diderot. Edited with an introduction and notes by
Charles C. Gillispie. New York, Dover Publications, 1993. 2 v.
T9.E472513 1993 <SciRR>
Contains 485 plates.
Originally published 1751-1752.
History of science and technology: a sampler of centers and
collections of distinction. Cynthia A. Steinke, editor. New
York, Haworth Press, c1994. 124 p.
"Has also been published as Science & technology
libraries, volume 14, number 4, 1994."
Hudson, Kenneth. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Europe.
Bath, Adams and Dart, 1971. 186 p., 56 plates.
Landmarks in mechanical engineering. ASME International
History and Heritage. West Lafayette, Ind., Purdue University Press,
c1997. 364 p.
TJ23.L35 1997 <SciRR>
Leuschner, Fritz. Treasures of technology in museums of the
world. Translated from the German by Silvia Furness. Leipzig,
Edition Leipzig, c1983. 219 p.
Translation of Kostbarkeiten aus technischen
Sande, Theodore Anton. Industrial archeology: a new look at
the American heritage. Brattleboro, Vt., S. Greene Press, c1976.
Bibliography: p. 148.
Schodek, Daniel L. Landmarks in American civil engineering.
Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, c1987. 383 p.
Bibliography: p. 371-378.
TA23.S36 1987 <SciRR>
The Timetable of technology. Consultants and contributors,
G. W. A. Dummer and others. New York, Hearst Books, c1982. 240 p.
Bibliography: p. 234.
T20.T55 1982 <SciRR>
"Chronological listings, from 1900 through 1981,
of significant discoveries and developments in medicine, communications,
transport, energy, food technology, and other fields."
United States. Congress. The new American state papers: science
and technology. Introd. by Nathan Reingold. Wilmington, Del.,
Scholarly Resources, 1973. 14 v.
Includes bibliographical references.
Partial contents: v. 4-5. Patents.--v. 6-7. Steam
engines.--v. 8-10. Telegraphs, military technology.--v. 11-13. Special
Weitzman, David L. Traces of the past: a field guide to industrial
archaeology. New York, Scribner, 1980. 229 p.
Bibliography: p. 211-215.
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Bridge to the future: a centennial celebration of the Brooklyn
Bridge. Edited by Margaret Latimer, Brooke Hindle, and Melvin
Kranzberg. New York, New York Academy of Sciences, 1984. 355 p. (Annals
of the New York Academy of Sciences, v. 424)
Q11.N5 v. 424
"Result of a symposium entitled Bridge to the future,
held on May 18-20, 1983, and sponsored by Brooklyn Rediscovery, a
program of the Brooklyn Educational and Cultural Alliance, and the
New York Academy of Sciences."
History and heritage of coastal engineering: a collection of
papers on the history of coastal engineering in countries hosting
the international Coastal Engineering Conference 1950-1996.
Prepared under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research
Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Edited by Nicholas
C. Kraus. New York, American Society of Civil Engineers, c1996.
International Conference on the History of Civil and Commercial
Aviation (1992: Lucerne, Switzerland). From airships to airbus:
the history of civil and commercial aviation. Washington, Smithsonian
Institution Press, c1995. 2 v.
Contents: v. 1. Infrastructure and environment,
edited by William M. Leary.--v. 2. Pioneers and operations, edited
by William F. Trimble.
Symposium ICOHTEC (10th, Smolenice, Czechoslovakia,
1982). Sources for the history of technology: national comparisons:
(conference papers). Tenth Symposium ICOHTEC, Smolenice, 1982,
Czechoslovakia. Editor, Lubos Novy. Praha, Institute of Czechoslovak
and General History CSAS, 1983. 541 p. (Acta historiae rerum naturalium
nec non technicarum. Special issue, 17. Czechoslovak studies in
the history of science. Special issue, 17)
English, French, German, and Russian.
Yankee enterprise, the rise of the American system of manufactures:
a symposium. Sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce,
held at the Dibner Rare Book Library, National Museum of American
History, Smithsonian Institution. Otto Mayr and Robert C. Post,
editors. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981. 236 p.
Bibliography: p. 217-230.
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Crisman, Kevin James, and Arthur B. Cohn. When horses walked on
water: horse-powered ferries in nineteenth-century America. Washington,
Smithsonian Institution Press, c1998. 292 p.
Bibliography: p. 269-279.
Historic America: buildings, structures, and sites.
Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic
American Engineering Record; checklist compiled by Alicia Stamm;
essays edited by C. Ford Peatross. Washington, Library of Congress,
1983. 708 p.
Z663.H48 1983 <SciRR>
Learning from things: method and theory of material
culture studies. Edited by W. David Kingery. Washington, Smithsonian
Institution Press, c1996. 262 p.
Merzbach, Uta C. Georg Scheutz and the first printing
calculator. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1977.
74 p. (Smithsonian studies in history and technology, no. 36)
Bibliography: p. 59-72.
Oliver, Smith Hempstone, and Donald H. Berkebile.
Wheels and wheeling; the Smithsonian cycle collection. Washington,
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974. 104 p. (Smithsonian studies
in history and technology, no. 24)
Bibliography: p. 103-104.
First published in 1953 under title Catalog
of the cycle collection of the Division of Engineering, United States
United States. Museum of History and Technology. Contributions.
Papers 1-72. Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1959-68. (United
States. National Museum. Bulletin)
Vogel, Robert M. Building Brooklyn Bridge: the
design and construction, 1867-1883. Washington, National Museum
of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 1983. 28 p.
Worthington, William E., Jr. Beyond the city lights:
American domestic gas lighting systems. Washington, Smithsonian
Institution, 1985. 23 p.
"An exhibit at the National Museum of American
History, October 17, 1985-April 20, 1986."
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Technical reports and other types of literature are indexed under
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Dissertations can be identified by using online resources or the following
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about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through
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Comprehensive Dissertation Index, 1861-1972
Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement
Dissertation Abstracts International (1938-
Z5053.D57 and Computer Format
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Holbrook, Daniel Ulrik. Technical diversity and
technological change in the American semiconductor industry, 1952-1965.
Ann Arbor, Mich., University Microfilms, 1999. 431 p.
UMI Microfiche 99-35995 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--Carnegie-Mellon University,
Major, Claire Corinne Howell. From magic lanterns
to teaching machines: myths and symbols of the instructional technology
revolution in American higher education. Ann Arbor, Mich., University
Microfilms, 1999. 187 p.
UMI Microfiche 99-20058 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--University of Georgia, 1998.
Winant, Edward Howard. The hydraulics revolution:
science and technical design of urban water supply in the Enlightenment
(eighteenth century). Ann Arbor, Mich., University Microfilms,
1996. 282 p.
UMI Microfiche 96-23396 <MicRR>
Thesis (doctoral)--West Virginia University, 1996.
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Analytical bibliography of the history of engineering
and applied science. In Newcomen Society for the Study of the
History of Engineering and Technology, London. Transactions,
v. 2, 1921/1922: 141-155; v. 3, 1922/1923: 122-127; v. 4, 1923/1924:
135-140; v. 5, 1924/1925: 100-124; v. 6, 1925/1926: 203-221; v.
7, 1926/1927: 132-145; v. 8, 1927/1928: 161-183; v. 9, 1928/1929:
113-133; v. 10, 1929/1930: 121-134; v. 11, 1930/1931: 171-187; v.
12, 1931/1932: 112-118; v. 13, 1932/1933: 187-195; v. 14, 1933/1934:
213-225; v. 15, 1934/1935: 233-248; v. 16, 1935/1936: 161-178; v.
17, 1936/1937: 221-231; v. 18, 1937/1938: 281-294; v. 19, 1938/1939:
269-279; v. 20, 1939/1940: 161-173; v. 21, 1940/1941: 158-173; v.
22, 1941/1942: 188-203; v. 25, 1945/1947: 211-221.
Bindocci, Cynthia Gay. Women and technology: an
annotated bibliography. New York, Garland Pub., 1993. 229 p.
(Women's history and culture, v. 7) (Garland reference library of
social science, v. 517)
Z7963.T43B55 1993 <SciRR>
Current bibliography in the history of technology.
1990- Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1992-
Issued by the Society for the History of Technology.
Previously (1964-1990) appeared annually in issues
of Technology and culture.
Also available online (1976- ) through RLIN's
Eureka as part of HST (History of science and technology) file.
Cutliffe, Stephen H., Judith A. Mistichelli, and Christine
M. Roysdon. Technology and values in American civilization: a guide
to information sources. Detroit, Mich., Gale Research Co., c1980.
704 p. (Gale information guide library. American studies information
guide series, v. 9)
Ferguson, Eugene S. Bibliography of the history
of technology. Cambridge, Mass., Society for the History of
Technology, 1968. 347 p. (Society for the History of Technology.
Monograph series, v. 5)
Isis cumulative bibliography; a bibliography of
the history of science formed from Isis critical bibliographies
1-90, 1913-65. Edited by Magda Whitrow. Chairman of editorial
committee: I. Bernard Cohen. London, Mansell, in conjunction with
the History of Science Society, 1971-1984. 6 v.
Supplements cover 1966-1975 (Z7405.H6I2 Suppl.
<SciRR>), 1976-1985 (Z7405.H6I2 Suppl. 2 <SciRR>), and
1986-1995 (Z7405.H6I2 1997 Suppl. 3 <SciRR>).
The current bibliography is published annually
in a separate issue of Isis.
Kren, Claudia. Medieval science and technology:
a selected, annotated bibliography. New York, Garland Pub.,
1985. 369 p. (Bibliographies of the history of science and technology,
v. 11) (Garland reference library of the humanities, v. 494)
Multhauf, Robert P. The history of chemical technology:
an annotated bibliography. New York, Garland Pub., 1984. 299
p. (Bibliographies of the history of science and technology, v.
5) (Garland reference library of the humanities, v. 348)
Poole, Mary Elizabeth, comp. "History" references
from the Industrial arts index, 1913-1957. Raleigh, D. H. Hill
Library, North Carolina State College, 1958. 119 leaves.
Photocopy of typescript. Ann Arbor, Mich., Xerox
University Microfilms, 1974.
Rink, Evald. Technical Americana: a checklist of
technical publications printed before 1831. Sponsored by the
Eleutherian Mills Historical Library. Millwood, N.Y., Kraus International
Publications, c1981. 776 p.
Roos, Arnold E. A bibliography of the history of
Canadian science and technology. Une bibliographie de l'histoire
de la science et de la technologie au Canada. Ottawa, Ont.,
Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, 1995. 272
Z7911.R66 1995 <SciRR>
Rothenberg, Marc. The history of science and technology
in the United States: a critical and selective bibliography.
New York, Garland Pub., 1982-1993. 2 v. (Bibliographies of the history
of science and technology, v. 2, 17) (Garland reference library
of the humanities, v. 308, 815)
Z7405.H6R67 1982 <SciRR>
Shiers, George, and May Shiers. Early television:
a bibliographic guide to 1940. New York, Garland Pub., 1997.
616 p. (Garland reference library of social science, v. 582)
Z7711.S49 1997 <SciRR>
Chronology begins in 1817.
Stapleton, Darwin H. The history of civil engineering
since 1600: an annotated bibliography. With the assistance of
Roger L. Shumaker. New York, Garland Pub., 1986. 232 p. (Bibliographies
of the history of science and technology, v. 14) (Garland reference
library of the humanities, v. 519)
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|The Chronicle of the Early American Industries
| Construction History: Journal of the Construction
| History and Technology
|History of Technology Published annually.
|IA, the Journal of the Society for Industrial
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Brown, John K. Design plans, working drawings, national
styles: engineering practice in Great Britain and the United States,
1775-1945. Technology and culture, v. 41, Apr. 2000: 195-238.
Chiles, James R. The road to radar. American heritage
of invention & technology, v. 2, spring 1987: 24-30.
Clément, Pierre. Photography and the development of
silver technology. Impact of science on society, no. 168,
Demer, John H. How tinsmiths used their tools. The
Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.,
v. 26, Dec. 1973: 49-57.
Evans, Francis T. Roads, railways, and canals: technical
choices in 19th-century Britain. Technology and culture,
v. 22, Jan. 1981: 1-34.
Livingston, G. E. Foodservice: older than Methuselah.
Food technology, v. 44, July 1990: 54, 56, 58-59.
Lohof, Bruce A. The service station in America: the
evolution of a vernacular form. Industrial archaeology, v.
11, May 1974: 1-13.
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American Philosophical Society Library
105 South 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Library is a major national center for research in the history of
the sciences, medicine, and technology...Researchers who plan to
visit the Library are encouraged to call at least one day in advance."
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
P.O. Box 1970
Dearborn, MI 48121-1970
include a book and periodical collection reflecting the museum's
interest in American social history, the history of technology,
the history of leisure and entertainment, and the growth and development
of consumer products. Other significant collections include trade
catalogs...and the world's fair and exhibition literature collected
from fairs held from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day."
Hagley Museum and Library
P.O. Box 3630
298 Buck Road East
Wilmington, DE 19807-0630
library houses an important collection of books, pamphlets, trade
catalogs, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual materials
documenting the history of American business and technology." Its
catalog may be searched online.
National Museum of American History Branch Library
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
collections, which are open to the public by appointment, include
books, serials, microforms, trade catalogs, and a World's Fair and
Expositions Collection. Its catalog may be searched online.
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The Internet offers a growing number of sites useful for finding
information on the history of technology. Several of the organizations
listed above provide links to related sites from their web sites.
You might try the sites described below, or use your favorite search
engine and appropriate key words to identify more specific resources,
such as the IEEE History Center at http://www.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/
or Recording Technology History at http://history.acusd.edu/gen/recording/notes.html.
Compiled by Diana Niskern
Resources in History of Science & Technology
site from the University of Minnesota provides links to related
academic programs, bibliographies and literature databases, biographical
resources, chronologies, electronic publications and discussion
groups, career information, libraries and museums, organizations,
Society for the History of Technology
to providing information about the society itself, this site contains
links to graduate programs, course syllabi, and other sites related
to the history of technology.
Refstar Technology History
site features an annotated collection of links on the history of
computers and the Internet, communications, aerospace, and other
histories. It includes subsites buried on commercial sites.
The National Museum of Science & Industry
British site features online exhibitions and links to the Science
Museum, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, and National