History of Chemistry Resources on the Internet
Large databases for history of chemistry research
Links from presentation in the Division of the History of Chemistry at the 234th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 19, 2007.
These links can be useful gateways to the older chemical literature.
collections of manuscript materials like notebooks, letters, and photos
Digital Libraries: Books
- Google books. For example, Select Bibliography of Chemistry, 1492-1892, by Henry Carrington Bolton.
- Gallica, bibliothèque numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France (digital library of the National Library of France)
- Internet Archive and its associated Open Library project
- Universities of Strasbourg Digital old books, chemistry section. For example, Traité chimique de l'air et du feu, by Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
- ECHO (European Cultural Heritage Online) Collection of Source Texts on the History of Chemistry. For example, a page from Hieronymus Brunschwig's Liber de arte distillandi, printed in 1512.
- History of Gems, Gemology and Mining: digitized books at Farlang Gem & Diamond Foundation. For example, Diamonds, by William Crookes.
- Test case: The exhibition "From Alchemy to Chemistry: 500 Years of Rare and Interesting Books" contains descriptions of 36 texts, almost all books, published from 1500 through 1964, and images of selected pages from each. Now two thirds of these books are available in full on line in one or another edition or translation somewhere or other. See which books from the exhibition are available and where.
Digital Libraries: Patents
- Google Patents: US Patents searchable in full text as interpreted by OCR.
- Esp@cenet by the European Patent Office, at UK Intellectual Property office. It contains worldwide patents (including US); looking up a patent issued in one country will also turn up equivalent patents issued elsewhere.
- US Patent and Trademark Office. Images in tiff format.
- pat2pdf.org converts US patents to pdf format.
Free Search Tools
Searching journals and newspapers for free; full text by fee or subscription (except as noted).
Resources by subscription or fee
Chemical Abstracts (of course) for chemical publications in or after 1907.
Newpaperarchive.com: "Search 68.3 Million Pages, 707 Cities, 239 Years, 2,688 Titles" (as of 7/24/2007). It can also be searched through Google News Archive Search Google.
JSTOR, The Scholarly Journal Archive. General science and history of science categories are relevant.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), a database of Thomson-Gale: every significant English- and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, plus important works from the Americas.
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