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This oral history project was undertaken by the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics, beginning in about 1976. The American Philosophical Society Library is a designated repository for the archive, which includes photocopies of typed manuscripts of the interviews, and microfilm and microfiche of certain manuscript collections of astrophysicists. These include the papers of Robert D'E Atkinson, Seth Chandler, Theodore Dunham [The American Philosophical Society has re...
Under the direction of Charles Weiner (director of the Center, 1965-1969, 1971-1972), the study considered the various intellectual and practical questions necessary to determine the future level and direction of the AIP's efforts to document the history, philosophy, and sociology of physics. A variety of techniques were used to explore how the Center could best serve the physics community, individual scholars, and academic institutions. These included surveys, questionnaires, commissioned repor...