AHTC 2012 Summer Institute
The History of Scientific Innovation and Computing in the United States
July 23-27, 2012
Primary Resources
Website & Description:

A. The Library of Congress, American Memory
Technology, Industry – This link offers a variety of primary documents within each sub-category. Many of the 14 collections listed are related to technology.

a. Science, Technology, and Business Topics
Science, Technology, and Business - scroll down to find links to numerous online collections, organized by category

B. The History Channel
Scroll down to find “Science and Technology” in the left-most column. This site features videos, speeches, and photo galleries within each sub-category.


C. The Smithsonian

a. Science Service
Science Service – numerous photographs within many different categories related to science and inventions

b. Collections Search Center
Collections Search Center – a topic search of ‘science and technology’ provided by the Smithsonian provides sources from a variety of online media

c. Doodles, Drafts and Designs
Doodles, Drafts and Designs – industrial drawings that document the creative processes of inventors and designers

d. Interviews
interviews from prominent people involved in computer history

e. Women in Aviation and Space History
Women in Aviation and Space History – alphabetized list including a short description and a photograph


D. National Archives
Most of the links provided here lead to the Archival Research Center collection for that topic; others direct to a site providing documents approved by the National Archives.

a. Science and Technology

b. Aviation and Space


E. Computer History Museum

a. Virtual Visible Storage
“Here you will find photographs of the objects from the Computer History Museum’s large collection of computing artifacts.”

b. Timeline
photographs pertaining to the history of the computer under various topics from 1939 – 1994


F. Other Primary Source Documents found on the AHTC Web Resource list

a. “Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park – 1872” (PSD)

b. The Evolution of the Conservation Movement: 1850-1920 (PSD)

c. John F. Kennedy’s “Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs, May 25, 1961”  (PSD)

d. Outer Space Treaty of 1967 (PSD)

e. “Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident” (PSD)

f. “Transcript of John Glenn’s Official Communication with the Command Center (1962)” (PSD)

g. “The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers: 1862-1939” (PSD)

h. “Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Picture and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies” (PSD)

i. Thomas Edison’s Patent Applicatin for the Light Bulb – 1880 (PSD)

j. “The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers:1881-1952” (PSD)


History of NASA & Space Exploration