SLAC Publication SLAC-PUB-15699
SLAC Release Date: July 29, 2013
Historians at Work in the SLAC Archives: An Archivist's Perspective
Deken, Jean.
Active collecting of the archives of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as well as of other US national laboratories began in earnest in the late twentieth century as a result of the interest and agitation by both Historians of Science and Archivists. This paper examines the use and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of the US science laboratories as exemplified by the SLAC Archives and History Office (AHO) experience. We find that the development of the SLAC AHO program has b... Show Full Abstract
Active collecting of the archives of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as well as of other US national laboratories began in earnest in the late twentieth century as a result of the interest and agitation by both Historians of Science and Archivists. This paper examines the use and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of the US science laboratories as exemplified by the SLAC Archives and History Office (AHO) experience. We find that the development of the SLAC AHO program has been and continues to be propelled by ongoing exchanges between the two disciplines, shaped by their sometimes limited understanding of each others goals, methodologies, and constraints, and by the two disciplines relationships to the records-creating scientists. Show Partial Abstract
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