ORGANIZATION: American Society for Information Science and Technology
ACTIVE DATES: 1937-present
PERSONS INVOLVED: Scott Adams ; Henriette D. Avram ; Dale B. Baker ; Joseph Becker ; Harold Borko ; Charles P. Bourne ; Pauline A. Cochrane ; Carlos A. Cuadra ; Watson Davis ; Melvin Day ; Arthur W. Elias ; Luther H. Evans ; Bernard M. Fry ; Eugene Garfield ; Cloyd D. Gull ; Robert M. Hayes ; Laurence B. Heilprin ; Herman H. Henkle ; Karl F. Heumann ; Joseph Hilsenrath ; Allen Kent ; Frederick G. Kilgour ; Donald W. King ; Milton O. Lee ; Waldo G. Leland ; Hans Peter Luhn ; E. Eugene Miller ; Calvin Northrup Mooers ; Herbert Marvin Ohlman ; James W. Perry ; Gerard Salton ; Claire K. Schultz ; Atherton Seidell ; Ralph R. Shaw ; Jesse H. Shera ; Gerald Sophar ; Roger K. Summit ; Vernon D. Tate ; Robert S. Taylor ; Herbert S. White [All of the people listed aboved worked for ADI/ASIS, held an office in ADI/ASIS, or received an award from ADI/ASIS.]
MAJOR PROJECTS: The major journal publication of ASIS&T has been the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), which has been published since 1950 (title from 1950-1969 was American Documentation).  (A complete bibliographic and citation index record to JASIST is being compiled by Eugene Garfield and now covers the period 1956-2004; it is located at: )
OTHER INFORMATION: The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T; formerly the American Documentation Institute (ADI), 1937-1963; American Society for Information Science, 1963-1990) has been the leader for over 54 years in keeping information professionals on the cutting-edge. ASIS provides high-quality and unique education and conference programs, highly-regarded publications and journals, and other professional services for information systems developers, on-line professionals, information resource managers, librarians, record managers, and others who Bridge the Gap between the present and the future, between research and application, and between developer and user. ASIS's diverse membership represents a broad array of professionals working in the frontiers of information science and technology. ASIS counts among its members some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as computer science, management, engineering, librarianship, chemistry, linguistics, and education. As was true when the Society was founded, ASIS members continue to lead the information profession in the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information through storage and retrieval advances. And now, as then, ASIS and its members are called upon to help determine new directions and standards for the development of information policies and practices. All of the above information was taken from the ASIS Homepage ( AboutASIS/the-society.html).

Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University Library, University of Michigan
PAPERS DATES: 1939-1990; bulk 1965-1982
SIZE: 93 feet
INCLUDES: The records are arranged into 14 files: administrative, annual meetings, awards, chapters, committees, correspondence, council, financial, grants and contracts, membership, publications, related organizations, special interest groups, and SLA merger; Open to all researchers; Copyright retained by ASIS and/or author; Photographs--primarily in boxes 76-80; No visual material; Audio material--box 19, 93
SOURCE: ASIS guide to its records; a more complete and up-to-date description of the collection may be found by searching the online catalog for the University at:

National Musuem of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-1593.
INCLUDES: This collection reviews the history of the telephone, radio, and early modern business technology, such as punched cards, examines the effusion of electronic technologies that emerged during WWII, and traces the spread of electronic communications and processing technologies in recent decades; Collection is strong in computers from the period 1946 to 1960, with representative pieces of the pioneering ENIAC, SEAC, Whirlwind, UNIVAC I, and Burroughs guidance computers etc.; Has modest collection of punched card and magnetic tape devices, including the Hollerith system and Remington Rand punched card tabulating equipment; Has portions of the first differential analyzer of Bush as well as his profile tracer and product integraph watt meter; Collection also had some documentation, including: Whirlwind I Computer Records, 1934-1958 (2,516 items); Computer Societies and User Groups Records, 1934-1970 (8 cubic feet) including information about AFIPS , IFIP, and ASIS; In late 1960s and early 1970s the staff conducted oral history interviews with 73 pioneers of the development of early computers; The interviews have been transcribed and are mostly open to the public; A subject guide is available from the museum.
SOURCE: Cortada, James W., Archives of Data-Processing History. Greenwood Press: New York, 1990, pp. 31-39.

Smithsonian Archives, Washington, DC. Search under: Science Service
PAPERS DATES: CA 1910-1963
SIZE: total collection: 183 cubic feet
INCLUDES: This collection consists of records documenting the daily activities of Science Service and Watson Davis . Unarranged, with the following apparent divisions: 1. Daily Mail Reports-Science Page; 2. Executive Committee minutes and reports, 1923-1942; 3. Edwin E. Slosson , personal files, circa 1910-1920; 4. Director's files, circa 1921-1928; 5. Managing editor, circa 1922-1925; 6. Watson Davis, personal files; 7. Manger of Science Service, circa 1921-1925; 8. General correspondence, 1927-1963; 9. American Documentation Institute, circa 1938-1946; 10. Syndicated correspondence, circa 1954; 11. Latin American translations, circa 1940-1950; 12. National Inventor's Council, circa 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, circa 1939-1959.
SOURCE: Guide to the Smithsonian Archives. Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, DC, 1978, 228-229.


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