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Date: March 30, 2009
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Incorporated Helps Carnegie Institution Preserve Scientific Legacy

Renewing a successful relationship that first began in 2001, History Associates has been assisting the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) and Geophysical Laboratory (GL) Library and Archives preserve a unique legacy of scientific research.  The Library and Archives, located in Washington, DC, preserves material documenting over a century of groundbreaking work in the physical sciences.

In January 2009, History Associates archivists began processing more than 11,000 prints and negatives of instruments and equipment used in the course of the DTM’s  research into the physics of the Earth, as well as atomic physics and astronomy.  The project, funded in part by the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics, will also create metadata for the images in preparation for a planned digitization effort.  By preserving and contextualizing the photographs, the DTM/GL Library and Archives is improving access to an important collection relating to the history of science.

In addition, History Associates archivists recently processed other materials held by the DTM/GL Library and Archives including scientific papers, laboratory notebooks and files from World War II defense work, and the records of expeditions mounted by Carnegie scientists to remote regions of the world.  According to Joseph M. Neumann, an archivist at History Associates who worked on the project, “the collections illuminate the broad story of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, its scientists, and the methods, techniques, and equipment used in their work across one hundred years of history.  It has been fascinating.”

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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