Slosson was the first editor of Science Service, which was in operation in the twenties. He was associate editor, New York Independent. He was considered second only to Cattell among scientific editors according to Farkas-Conn. He was director, Science Service 1925-28. “A scientist turned publicist”. He studied the nation’s universities. He became a spokesman for the concentration of academic resources.
His writings “helped shift attention of philanthropic organizations to the needs of the research universities.” He knew much needed to be done to gain massive funding to “allow American scientists into the circle of world-class research.” He believed science should be popularized. He wrote dozens of articles/books to convince the American people and legislators to subsidize research (Burke). Slosson also wrote Great American Universities 1910.
Edwin Slosson Papers:
Smithsonian Archives, Washington, D.C. (183 cubic feet (ca. 1910-1963); this collection consists of records documenting the daily activities of Science Service and Watson Davis. Unarranged, with the following apparent division: 1. Daily Mail Report- Science Page; 2. Executive Committee minutes and reports (1923-1942); 3. Edwin E. Slosson, personal files, circa 1910-1920; 4. Director’s files, (ca. 1921-1928); 5. Managing editor (ca. 1922-1925); 6. Watson Davis, personal files; 7. Manager of Science Service (ca. 1921-1925); 8. General correspondence (1927-1963); 9. American Documentation Institute (ca. 1938-1946); 10. Syndicated correspondence (ca. 1954); 11. Latin American translations (ca. 1940-1950); 12. National Inventor’s Council (ca. 1940-1949); 13. Interlingua files; 14. Knud Rasmussen Expedition (1920); 15. UNESCO (1948-1951); 16. Rockefeller Foundation Survey and Conferences; 17. Photographs, posters, and cartoons; 18. CBS radio talks (ca. 1939-1959)