The Science History Institute has a world-class collection of historical objects, artworks, photographs, books, oral histories, and archives.
In support of the Institute’s mission to foster dialogue on science and technology in society, we collect a wide range of primary and secondary historical materials that document scientific, technological, and medical achievements and their effect on the modern world. These materials are available for scholarly research and are accessible to the public through exhibitions, programming, and online access.
Accessing the Collections
Our digital collections include more than 13,000 digitized items that span our collections!
Search our library’s online catalog or ask a reference question to access library and archival material, or search our museum collections and archives database.
A selection of our collections, including objects and fine art, are in the museum’s permanent exhibition, ExhibitLab, digital exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions featured in the Hach Gallery. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in viewing other museum collections materials.
Digital reproductions of photographs, archival materials, and other items from the collections are available through our collections staff.
Search more than 13,000 of our digitized items, including rare books, photographs, scientific instruments, advertisements, letters, and more.
Holdings range from rare books on the history of chemistry to alchemical manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 17th century.
This collection includes over 140,000 volumes of monographs, textbooks, reference works, and journals in 15 languages.
Explore the oral history collection at the Science History Institute, with interviews dating back to 1979.
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.
Learn more about our collection of photographic prints, negatives, slides, and advertisements reflecting the chemical history of the last century.
Explore more than 500 works of art, including scenes of alchemists, caricatures of early medical practitioners, and modern depictions of the chemical industry.
View highlights from our object collection of scientific instruments, apparatus, and analytical tools that helped shape the modern world.