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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.



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>



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:

Highly Relevant

   Note: 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."


   Note: for geographical breakdowns of this topic, search "Engineering--Geographic area--History," e.g., "Engineering--Great Britain--History."
   See also more specific topics, such as "Mechanical Engineering--History;" "Power Resources--History;" "Steam-engines--History," etc.



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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.D2613 <SciRR>
   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, 1725-1860.

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.S53 <SciRR>
   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. 2 v.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.T43 <SciRR>
   Contents: v. 1. The emergence of modern industrial society, earliest times to 1900.--v. 2. Technology in the twentieth century.

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. 367 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.W718 2000 <SciRR>




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, 1)
   Bibliographical footnotes.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.F729 <SciRR>

Gille, Bertrand. Engineers of the Renaissance. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 1966. 254 p.
   TA18.G5413 1966
   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.
   HC105.H66 1986

Hodges, Henry. Technology in the ancient world. With drawings by Judith Newcomer. New York, Knopf, 1970. 287 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T16.H63 1970b

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   T21.M75 1998

Needham, Joseph. Science and civilisation in China. Cambridge, Eng., University Press, 1954- .
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T167.T44 1988
   "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)
   Includes bibliographies.
   T17.W47 <SciRR>

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T20.W55 1982
   Sequel to A short history of technology from the earliest times to A.D. 1900, by T. K. Derry and Trevor I. Williams.


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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   HD3885.A63 1976

Bilstein, Roger E. The American aerospace industry: from workshop to global enterprise. New York, Twayne Publishers, c1996. 280 p.
   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. 464 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T10.5.B75 1998

Campbell-Kelly, Martin, and William Aspray. Computer: a history of the information machine. New York, Basic Books, c1996. 342 p.
   Bibliography: p. 321-333.
   QA76.17.C36 1996

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.
   TH23.C58 1982

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. A social history of American technology. New York, Oxford University Press, 1997. 342 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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. 442 p.
   Bibliography: p. 399-423.
   T21.G67 1994

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. 2 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HD1694.A5H76 <SciRR>
   Vol. 2 has imprint: Published for the Hagley Museum and Library.
   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. 168 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TJ759.M33 1997

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.
   UF533.M55 1985

Nye, David E. Consuming power: a social history of American energies. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, c1998. 331 p.
   Bibliography: p. 265-323.
   HD9502.U52N94 1998

Palmer, Marilyn, and Peter Neaverson. Industrial archaeology: principles and practice. London, New York, Routledge, 1998. 180 p.
   Bibliography: p. 164-171.
   T37.P35 1998

Petulla, Joseph M. American environmental history. 2nd ed. Columbus, Merrill Pub. Co., c1988. 444 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   HC103.7.P48 1988 <SciRR>

Ryder, John Douglas, and Donald G. Fink. Engineers & electrons: a century of electrical progress. New York, IEEE Press, c1984. 251 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   TJ603.2.W48 1979
   Reprint of the ed. published by Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, under title American locomotives.



Appleton's dictionary of machines, mechanics, engine-work, and engineering. New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1852. 2 v.
   T9.A65 <SciRR>

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   T15.H65 1994
   "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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   T179.L4813 1983
   Translation of Kostbarkeiten aus technischen Sammlungen.

Sande, Theodore Anton. Industrial archeology: a new look at the American heritage. Brattleboro, Vt., S. Greene Press, c1976. 152 p.
   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.
   Q127.U6U485 1973
   Partial contents: v. 4-5. Patents.--v. 6-7. Steam engines.--v. 8-10. Telegraphs, military technology.--v. 11-13. Special studies.

Weitzman, David L. Traces of the past: a field guide to industrial archaeology. New York, Scribner, 1980. 229 p.
   Bibliography: p. 211-215.



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)
   Includes bibliographies.
   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. 603 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TC215.H57 1996

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TL515.I53 1992
   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)
   Includes bibliographies.
   T14.7.S96 1982
   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.
   HC103.Y36 1981



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.
   VM421.C75 1998

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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   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.
   Includes bibliographies.
   GN406.L43 1996

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.
   TL410.O43 1974
   First published in 1953 under title Catalog of the cycle collection of the Division of Engineering, United States National Museum.

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.
   TG25.N53V63 1983

Worthington, William E., Jr. Beyond the city lights: American domestic gas lighting systems. Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1985. 23 p.
   TH7910.W67 1985
   "An exhibit at the National Museum of American History, October 17, 1985-April 20, 1986."



Technical reports and other types of literature are indexed under Histories or History in the guides listed below. Reports are available in the microform collection of the Science Reading Room. Technical reports are sold by the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161; telephone: (800) 553-6847.

Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946-)
   Z7916.G78 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format

Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports (1963-)
   TL500.S35 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format



Dissertations can be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress.

Comprehensive Dissertation Index, 1861-1972
   Z5053.X47 1973

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement (1973- annual)

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly)
   Z5053.D57 and Computer Format



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, 1999.

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.



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)
   Z5579.C87 <SciRR>

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)
   Z7914.H5F4 <SciRR>

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.
   Z7405.H6I2 <SciRR>
   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)
   Z7405.H6K74 1985

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)
   Z7914.C4M84 1984

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.
   Z7914.H5P66 1958a
   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.
   Z7912.R56 <SciRR>

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 p.
   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)
   Z5851.S84 1986



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   Z7401.G46 <SciRR A&I>

International Aerospace Abstracts (1961-)
   TL500.I57 <SciRR A&I>

Metals Abstracts Index (1968-)
   TN1.M51532 <SciRR A&I>

Physics Abstracts (1898-)
   QC1.P46 <SciRR A&I>

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-)
   AI3.R48 <BusRR>


American Heritage of Invention and Technology
The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.
Construction History: Journal of the Construction History Group TH15.C58
History and Technology T14.7.H56
History of Technology  Published annually. T14.7.H57
IA, the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology T37.I13
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology T14.7.I26
Industrial Archaeology T37.I5
Industrial Archaeology Review T37.I53
Isis; an International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering and Technology, London. Transactions T1.N47
Scientific American T1.S5
Society for Industrial Archeology Newsletter T37.S62
Technology and Culture
   Official publication of the Society for the History of Technology.



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, 1992: 299-314.

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.

Mass, William, and Andrew Robertson. From textiles to automobiles: mechanical and organizational innovation in the Toyoda enterprises, 1895-1933. Business and economic history, v. 25, winter 1996: 1-37.

Meyer-Thurow, Georg. The industrialization of invention: a case study from the German chemical industry. Isis, v. 73, Sept. 1982: 363-381.

Nagengast, Bernard A. History repeating itself–"modern" innovations in HVAC&R technology that appeared long ago. ASHRAE transactions, v. 101, pt. 1, 1995: 753-757.

Norberg, Arthur L. High-technology calculation in the early 20th century: punched card machinery in business and government. Technology and culture, v. 31, Oct. 1990: 753-779.

Pitts, Eugene, III, and Walter I. Seigal. Fifty years of TV. Audio, v. 65, July 1981: 28-32.

Reardon-Anderson, James. Chemical industry in China, 1860-1949. Osiris, 2nd ser., v. 2, 1986: 177-224.

Staudenmaier, John M. Recent trends in the history of technology. The American historical review, v. 95, June 1990: 715-725.

Stine, Jeffrey K., and Joel A. Tarr. At the intersection of histories: technology and the environment. Technology and culture, v. 39, Oct. 1998: 601-640.
   Includes numerous bibliographic references.

Tarr, Joel A., and others. Water and wastes: a retrospective assessment of wastewater technology in the United States, 1800-1932. Technology and culture, v. 25, Apr. 1984: 226-263.

Wermiel, Sara. The development of fireproof construction in Great Britain and the United States in the nineteenth century. Construction history, v. 9, 1993: 3-26.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Bowers, Brian. New lamps for old: the story of electric lighting. IEE review, v. 41, Nov. 16, 1995: 239-242.

Brown, M. L. The American arms industry and the industrial revolution. National defense, no. 369, July/Aug. 1981: 41-47.

Galloway, D. F. Mankind and manufacture. Pt. 1. Retrospect. Chartered mechanical engineer, v. 16, Nov. 1969: 431-437.

Hunkin, Tim. Just give me the fax. New scientist, v. 137, Feb. 13, 1993: 33-37.

Jackson, Donald Dale. Elevating thoughts from Elisha Otis and fellow uplifters. Smithsonian, v. 20, Nov. 1989: 210-212, 214, 215, 218, 220, 222, 224-228, 231-232, 234.

Livingston, James D. 100 years of magnetic memories. Scientific American, v. 279, Nov. 1998: 106-111.

Lucky, Robert. The quickening of science communication. Science, v. 289, July 14, 2000: 259-264.

Ross, Ian M. The foundation of the silicon age. Physics today, v. 50, Dec. 1997: 34-39.

Tylecote, R. F. A history of metallurgy. London, Metals Society, c1976. 182 p.

Uricchio, W. C. The motion picture as industrial archaeology. Industrial archaeology, v. 16, autumn 1981: 233-237.

White, Lynn, Jr. Medieval Europe foresaw planes, cars, submarines. Smithsonian, v. 9, Oct. 1978: 114-123.



American Philosophical Society Library
105 South 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-440-3400
          "This 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
Telephone: 313-982-6070
          "Holdings 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
Telephone: 302-658-2400
          "The 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
Telephone: 202-357-2414
          The 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.



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 or Recording Technology History at

Resources in History of Science & Technology
          This 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, etc.

Society for the History of Technology
          In addition 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
          This 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
          This British site features online exhibitions and links to the Science Museum, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, and National Railway Museum.

Compiled by Diana Niskern
January 2001
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