I have wonderful news for all scholars working in the area of the history of science, technology, and medicine for the second half of the 20th century.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Library System (ULS) over the coming summer months will receive the entire European Union depository collection-the most extensive collection of public European Community/EU documents and publications in North America-from the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. currently being housed at the embassy in Washington, DC. These primary resources, numbering well over a million individual items, will be housed in the Hillman Library on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. ULS also will digitize a large portion of this collection and upload it onto the internet as part of Pitt’s Archive of European Integration (AEI). The EU Archives contain a complete set of the publications of the EU institutions and agencies, as well as partial collections of relevant private commercial publishers, such international organizations as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Council of Europe, and European trade unions. Nearly all the documents published since 1973 are in English, while the earlier items are mostly in French. There are extensive holdings related to the history of science, technology, and medicine for the second half of the 20th century. The chief contact person who will be overseeing the organization and access to these resources is Dr. Philip Wilkin, who can be reached at [email protected] and 412-6487829. He will be out of town for the remainder of this week. Feel free to contact me if you cannot wait until his return next week. Having only a very partial knowledge of the material housed in this fabulous resource I can assure you there are a large number of doctoral dissertations and significant research projects to be found in this material. Please share the news of this great new resource of primary documents in the history of science, technology, and medicine with your colleagues and your students. I hope this will lead many of you to visit Pitt to use this collection in the coming years. I will provide further details about access to this collection as they become available.
John Erlen, Ph.D. History of Medicine School of Medicine University of Pittsburgh