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Science History Institute/Conrad Erb

The Science History Institute has a world-class collection of historical objects, artworks, photographs, books, oral histories, and archives.

Collections Overview

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.