Guide to the American Institute Science Laboratory Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1380
Creators:
Arias, Irwin M.
American Institute Science Laboratory
Dates:
1939-2006
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1 Cubic Feet
2 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents the American Institute Science Laboratory and the students who conducted research in it.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection includes a written history of the laboratory, photographs of students conducting experiments, lists of students, letters, resumes, descriptions of the students' research projects, a magazine, articles about the participants, and a report written by one of them on the subject of plastics. Also included are videocassettes of interviews of some former students in a film project titled
Gifted Children
.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The American Institute Science Laboratory, grew out of the Westinghouse Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair, when the "Junior Hall of Science" was moved to an IBM lab on 5th Avenue in New York. Thomas J. Watson of IBM approved it and Dr. Henry Platt ran it. It enabled young aspiring scientists (aged 13-15) to conduct their own laboratory research during after school hours and weekends. Between 30 and 40 students participated, many of them later describing the experience as one of the highlights of their lives. Most went on to have distinguished careers in science and medicine. It closed after 18 months due to World War II. A later iteration of it was started in Boston in 1998, and was named for Henry Platt.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2018.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Irving Arias, 2016.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
American Institute Science Laboratory Collection, 1939-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Social Security numbers are present and have been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Histories Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videocassettes -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laboratories Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Resumes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Science -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magazines (periodicals) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1930-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watson, Thomas J., 1914-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Platt, Henry, -1999 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives