Registration and other program materials are now available for “The Scientific Instrument Collections in the University” (SICU) Conference, to be held 24-27 June, 2004 at Dartmouth College. We hope you will visit our updated website and participate in the symposium. See below for the program of speakers and workshops.

Our web address is:

Click on Conference Registration to download a registration form, to be completed and returned by mail. Note that the conference fee is reduced for those who register before 15 May 2004.

We look forward to meeting you in June.

Sincerely, The SICU Organizing Committee (Richard Kremer, Frank Manasek, Dave Pantalony, Sara Schechner)

Scientific Instrument Collections in the University An International Conference at Dartmouth College, 24-27 June 2004

Co-sponsored by Dartmouth College and the Scientific Instrument Commission, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Dickey Centerfor International Understanding at Dartmouth College NC=Not confirmed at this time _________________________

Thursday, 24 June

12:00 Registration & Reception in exhibition space

18:30 Keynote address

Paolo Brenni Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, and President, SIC “Sleeping beauties: Historical collections of scientific instruments at European universities”

20:00 Cocktails and opening banquet

Friday, 25 June

9:00 Session 1: The political economy of university collections (workshop)

David Pantalony, Dibner Institute, MIT, Chair James C. Day, Assoc. Professor of Physics, Transylvania University Ron Leibowitz(NC), Provost, Middlebury College Robin McElheny, Archivist, Harvard University Topics to include: –recognizing the value of university collections, defining collection mandates –promoting collections at departmental, university, and wider levels –relationships with other university collections, i.e., museums, libraries, archives –uses for collections and the fostering of traditional and new clienteles

10:15 Coffee break

10:45 Session 2a: University collections and university histories (papers)

Chair TBA Julian Holland, University of Sydney, “University Collections of Scientific Instruments: An Australian Perspective” Mott Linn, Clark University, “Photographic record of Clark’s new laboratories in 1892” Dalibor Voboril and Petr Kveton (NC), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, “Collections of historical psychological devices in Czech universities”

Session 2b: Using university collections for research (papers)

12:00 Catered buffet lunch and poster session

Anna Giatti, Fondazione scienza e tecnica, Florence: “The heritage of the Instituto Tecnico Toscao of Florence”

14:00 Session 3: Collection management (workshop)

Sara Schechner, Harvard University, Chair Kellen Haak, Registrar, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College Sofia Talas, Curator, Museo di Storia della Fisica, University of Padua James M. Edmonson, Chief Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University Topics to include: –organizing and cataloguing collections –storage, proper handling, conservation, security –environmental safety –creating policies for on-going acquisition and de-accession –dealing with large objects

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Session 4a: Can university collections survive their founders? (papers)

Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum (Chair) M. Eugene Rudd, University of Nebraska, “The making of a collection: Historic scientific instruments at the University of Nebraska” Norman Heckenberg, University of Queensland, “Avoiding infant mortality” Joseph Bellina, St. Mary’s College, “Does St. Mary’s collection have a future?” Sebastian Soubiran, University of Strasbourg, “Getting started: Preservation and valorisation of scientific instruments at the University of Strasbourg”

Session 4b: Curatorial challenges (papers)

Ben Weiss, Dibner Institute for the History of Science (Chair) Aysen Savan, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, “Cataloguing and classifying: From a gyroscope to a mission statement” David Brock and Robert Lukens, Chemical Heritage Foundation, “Chemistry’s revolutionary tools: Collecting and interpretating post-war chemical instrumentation” Jim Moss, Horological conservator, “The mercurial relationship between David and Goliath” Yaakov Zik, University of Haifa, “Instrument: An interaface among theory, symbolic representation and the real world”

18:00 Dinner, organized by participants in area restaurants

20:00 Session 5: Digital projects and exhibitions (workshop)

Stephen Johnston, Curator, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University, Chair Francis Moon (NC), Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell John M. Saylor, Director, National Science Digital Library, Cornell Kizer Walker, Digital Projects Librarian, Cornell Science Libraries Steve Turner, Specialist in the Physical Sciences Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, 26 June

9:00 Session 6: Teaching with university collections (workshop)

Jean Francois-Gauvin, Harvard, Chair David Hammond, Robert Arns, Thomas Warnock, Department of Physics, University of Vermont Sara Schechner, Curator, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Daina Taimina, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University Libraries Liba Taub, Director & Curator, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge

10:15 Coffee break

10:45 Session 7a: Introducing hidden collections (papers)

Elizabeth Hanson, Rockefeller University (Chair) Jose Bertomeu, University of Valencia, “Scientific Instruments at Secondary Schools in Spain, 1845-1939” Thomas B. Greenslade, Keynon College, “Hidden collections” Anne McMahon, Santa Clara University, and Dana Freiburger, University of Wisconsin, “The Santa Clara Scientific Instrument Collection” Jean-Francois Loude (NC), University of Lausanne, “Historic physics instruments at the University of Lausanne” Frank Winkler and Matthew W. Motley, Middlebury College, “Scientific instruments at Middlebury College”

Session 7b: Introducing hidden collections (papers)

Jean Barrette, McGill University (Chair) Richard Paselk, Humboldt State University, “From virtual to reality: The making of the Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum” Bernard Ziomkiewicz, Queen’s University, “The physics collection of Queen’s University” Michael Littman (NC), Princeton, “Joseph Henry’s artifacts at Princeton” Andrew Bell, private scholar, “Skeletons in the closet: Optical artifacts from the Dartmouth King Collection”

12:00 Lunch in local restaurants

14:00 Session 8: Whither university astronomical observatories? (workshop)

Owen Gingerich, Harvard (chair) John Briggs, National Solar Observatory and Yerkes Observatory Jerome Lamy (NC), Centre Alexandre Koyre, EHESS, Paris David Targan, Director, Ladd Observatory, Brown Unversity Colleen Gino, Executive Director, Dudley Observatory

15:15 Coffee break

19:00 Cocktails and closing banquet, with music of New England (Montshire Museum of Science)

Sunday, 27 June

9-17 Optional excursion to the American Precision Museum, Windsor, Vt, and to the Russell Porter Museum and turret telescopes in Springfield, VT, with lunch at the Hartness House Planned excursions

We plan to have a day of optional field trips. In the morning we will visit the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT where we can inspect two floors of precision machines. We hope to make special arrangement to visit the stores, which are filled with additional machines. Of special interest are several ruling engines.

The American Precision Museum

We will then travel to Springfield, VT and lunch at the Hartness House. An underground tunnel connects the Hartness House with the Hartness Turret Telescope (refractor) which will be open for our inspection.

The Hartness Turret Telescope

We are making arrangements to visit the restored Porter Turret Telescope (reflector) located on a nearby hill. The building is large enough to accommodate several people and the instrument is used in the daytime to project the solar image.

The Porter Turret Telescope