The Science History Institute invites individuals and institutions to help us build our major collections.
Quality, historical value, and research potential are key factors we look for when acquiring items to grow our collections. At the Institute, acquisitions fall into several broad collecting areas within the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences:
Rare and modern books and other printed materials
Historical archives, including personal papers of scientists and engineers, as well as organizational records
Historical photographs of people and places
Fine art, including paintings and prints
Scientific instruments and other apparatus
Historical artifacts, such as chemistry sets and molecular models
If you would like to donate books, archival materials and/or photographs, please contact [email protected]. To donate fine art and/or objects, please follow the instructions on this downloadable form.
We ask that you have an itemized list prepared and, if possible, accompanying photographs or digital images of the objects you wish to give. The final decision to accept donated materials is made by the appropriate curatorial staff at the Institute in accordance with our collections policy.
Explore more than 500 works of art, including scenes of alchemists, caricatures of early medical practitioners, and modern depictions of the chemical industry.
Holdings range from rare books on the history of chemistry to alchemical manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 17th century.
Collections include the papers of organizations and individuals whose work has significantly advanced our scientific understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences and its allied fields.
View highlights from our object collection of scientific instruments, apparatus, and analytical tools that helped shape the modern world.
Learn more about our collection of photographic prints, negatives, slides, and advertisements reflecting the chemical history of the last century.