Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925 - Part I

The long 19th century is an era characterised by industrial, technical and social revolution. With a changing society came new approaches to the study of natural history, physics, mathematics, medicine, and public health. With its wealth of curated primary sources – approx. 5 m pages – Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925 enables researchers to trace the emergence and dissemination of scientific ideas during the long 19th century.

The interdisciplinary collection consists primarily of two components:

Journals track the connection between major episodes in the history of science, specifically in general science, medicine, biology, entomology, botany, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology, paleontology, and technology.
Monographs in the hard and social sciences touch upon the history of anthropology, archeology, ecology, public health, sanitation, geography, oceanography, astronomy, industrial and battlefield technology, and the philosophy of science.

Researchers will be able to track debates within the journals and corresponding monograph publications. Particularly in the sciences, journal publications are often the key venue for new and original thinking.

Major topics covered in the development of science in this period include:

• Electricity and Physics
• The Darwinian Revolution and Global Reception of Evolution
• Civil Engineeering
• Medicine
• Mathematics

Collections include:

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia: Minutes and Correspondence, Drexel University
• American Medical Journals, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1780-1925, Huntington Library
Civil Engineering, 1780-1925, Huntington Library
Colour Theory and Practice, Huntington Library
• Electricity and Electromagnetism, 1780-1925, Huntington Library
Evolution and the Origin of Species, 1780-1925, Huntington Library
• Mathematics, 1780-1925
, Huntington Library
• Scientific and Technical Periodicals from the Royal Society of London's Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1800-1900, Drexel University

Source: Documents were sourced from the Huntington Library and other collections.

Advisory Board Contributor:

• Dan Lewis, Ph.D., Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science & Technology, The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens -

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Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925 - Part II

Part II expands subject coverage gathering together European and British periodicals and American monographs from renowned sources.

Collections include Natural History (monographs from the Huntington Library);
The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales (manuscript pages from The National Archives, UK);
and Academies of Science Publications (periodicals from Brill).

Using the archive, scholars will be able to analyse technical and conceptual dimensions of scientific knowledge – from physics to psychoanalysis to macroeconomics.

Diversity of coverage ensures an expansive, integrated, global view of science and technology from a critical era of scientific development.

• Expands coverage of 19th-century learning in science, technology, and medicine with unique content not included in other archives

• Includes European and British periodicals and American monographs from rich collections

• Provides interdisciplinary and comprehensive coverage that incorporates developments from around the world

• Facilitates “deep dives” into specialised fields of knowledge

Themes include:

·         The legacy of the Enlightenment

·         The Industrial Revolution and the role of government in social policy and poor relief

·         The Darwinian Revolution and the transformation of “natural history”

·         The role of journal literature in the specialisation of science


·         The Natural History book collection at the Huntington Library covers a diverse set of topics including zoology and botany, the earth sciences, the study of the atmosphere, the history of soils and agriculture, as well as geology and the formation of the earth.

·         The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales from the National Archives, UK address the questions of public health and social justice in the Victoria era, helping social historians explore the crucial “condition of England” question in the nineteenth century

·         Urban and Rural Social Conditions in Industrial Britain includes three major series of documents with hundreds of reports on social conditions across Britain

·         Academies of Science Publications: In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the publications of scientific academies held the place of today’s specialised scholarly and scientific journals. Many of the ideas of the great Enlightenment and nineteenth-century scholars were first published in the Transactions or Memoirs of an Academy of Science. Places of publication include: Paris, Marseille, Berlin, Göttingen, Vienna, London, Philadelphia, Stockholm and St. Petersburg

Advisory Board Contributor:

Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science & Technology, The Huntington Library

Amy Fisher, Assistant Professor, Science, Technology and Society Program, University of Puget Sound

Joseph M. Gabriel, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine

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