This new Web presentation is brought to you by the Library's Science,
Technology and Business Division. This same division has
been producing the so-called Science Tracer Bullets for many
years. What's a Tracer Bullet? The Tracer
Bullet series contains
research guides that help you locate information on science and
technology subjects with brief introductions to the topics, lists
of resources and strategies for finding more. Many of the resources
listed in these guides can be found in your local library. From "Alzheimer's
Disease" to "Women in the Sciences," the Tracer Bullets can save
many hours of research time on a variety of scientific topics.
The Library's Web site has thousands of films, manuscripts, photographs, drawings and other multimedia materials about technology and applied sciences, including architecture. Go to the American Memory Collection Finder page and click on the "Social Sciences" or "Technology and Applied Sciences" links under "Broad Topics" to discover what's online.
For example, if architecture is important to you, you may want to view the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Collection of more than 350,000 representations of some of America's most important structures - not just buildings, but bridges, water turbines, elevated highways and even flagpoles. That collection is from American
Memory, the Library's extraordinary Web site of more than 8.5 million fascinating and educational items. In the Exhibitions Web site, there is "Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape," which features five far-reaching designs from this master of architecture that, for various reasons, were never constructed. Nonetheless, learning about such designs as the "Gordon Strong Automobile Objective" or the "Lake Tahoe Summer Colony" provides an insightful view of the mind of this American master.
Prolific inventor Thomas Edison is well represented in "Inventing
Entertainment," another presentation from American Memory. You can read about the "History
of Edison Motion Pictures" in a special presentation or the "History
of the Edison Cylinder Photograph.". The novelty of motion pictures made it possible for Edison to capture the public's attention with films of such prosaic events as a man sneezing ("Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze") or a couple kissing ("The Kiss," above).
You can search American Memory for any science topic you like at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amtitle.html.
A. Mary Cassatt, artist. "The Bath,"
1891. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction information:
Reproduction No.: LC-USZC4-1325 (color film copy transparency),
LC-USZC2-77 (color film copy slide), LC-USZ62-44174 (b&w film
copy neg.). Rights status not evaluated. For general information
and Other Restrictions...".