This project was initiated by Dr. Robert V. Williams, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina. The project is funded by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), including the Special Interest Group on Foundations and History of Information Science (SIG HFIS), and the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science. The objectives of the project are to locate and document the archives and personal papers of individuals and organizations (predominantly in the USA and Canada) considered significant to the history of Information Science and Technology in the 20th century. The site was originally created in 1996 and is updated on a regular basis.

  • Ann T. Curran

    Curran (1928-1977) worked as a Librarian at Raytheon Company in the Research Division (1955-1957) as well as at Babcock & Wilcox in the Atomic Energy Division (1957-1959).  Curran then worked as an Assistant at Arthur D. Little (1959-1960), then at Pickard & Burns, Inc. (1960-1962), then as a Research Assistant at Harvard Medical Library.  Curran […]
  • Watson Davis

    Davis (1896-1967) was President and founder of the American Documentation Institute (ADI), now known as ASIS&T.  He devised methods for popularizing the study of science in general.  He was editor of Science Service and Science News Letter.  He was also Director of the Science Clubs of America, which he saw as an “educational force for the future” (Current […]
  • Melvin Sherman Day

    Day (b. 1923) solidified the notion of an integrated information clearinghouse.  Day was Executive Vice President at BIIS Corporation.  He joined the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) technical information program at Oak Ridge in 1946.  He held several positions between 1946 and 1955, including chief of activities at Oak Ridge in 1956.  In 1958, Day became […]
  • James Louis Dolby

    Dolby (b. 1926) specialized in research and development, particularly data analysis, pattern recognition, and linguistic computation.  After 9 years as Manager of the English Lab at GE from 1951-1960, he worked as a consultant at Lockheed (1960-1964) and Corporate Economic & Industrial Research (1964-1965).  He was made Partner at R&D Consulting Co., and remained there […]
  • Lauren B. Doyle

    At the System Development Corporation, Doyle (b.1926) was involved with two of the earliest online retrieval systems: BOLD and Protosynthex.  In the spring of 1960, he worked on the SAGE system (Bellardo & Bourne).  Dolby wanted a practical system for reading, writing, and answering questions in natural English.  The result was Protosynthex I, on which […]
  • Arthur W. Elias

    After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Elias (1927-2011) worked as a pharmacologist at Maltbie Labs, and later at Warner-Lambert.  Elias then worked as manager in the Science Information Section at Wyeth Labs.  He served as Director at the Institute for Science Information in Philadelphia, before taking a posting as Associate Professor […]
  • Luther Harris Evans

    As a major proponent of the Library of Congress and UNESCO, Evans (1902-1981) played a pivotal role in expanding services.  He served as the Director of Historical Records Survey in the Works Progress Administration; this program was characterized as “the greatest single achievement of any nation in describing and interpreting the records of its people” (Current […]
  • Herbert Haviland Field

    Herbert Haviland Field founded and operated one of the largest science information services on the early twentieth century, the Concilium Bibliographicum. He also undertook intelligence work for Allen Dulles during the First World War. Born in Brooklyn on April 25, 1868, the same year as his rival and collaborator Paul Otlet, Herbert Field was a […]
  • Bernard M. Fry

    Fry (1915-1994) served as the Dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University (1967-1984), the Director of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Technical Information Service, and the Director of the Department of Commerce Federal Clearinghouse for Scientific and Technical Information.  He performed crucial editing work at the Government Publications Review and Information Processing and […]
  • Steve Furth

    Furth worked with fellow Pioneer Hans Peter Luhn at IBM.
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