This accession consists of photographs, captions, and press releases related to modern physics, with emphasis on atomic physics and accelerators. These files were originally part of the research files compiled by and for journalists who worked at Science Service from the 1920s through the 1960s.
The informational "morgue" files were organized according to the Library of Congress classification scheme. Most folders contain a mix of editorial correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, brochures, and photographs. Folders on physics facilities built in the 1950s and 1960s tend to contain primarily news releases, clippings, and copies of Science Service stories. Many folders assembled during the 1930s contain issues of the Daily Mail Report which are not preserved in Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7091, Series 8.
Some of the photographs in these files were taken by members of the Science Service staff, especially Fremont Davis; most were supplied by companies, universities, and government agencies. If a photograph was used by Science Service, it was given an index number and a tracking sheet. Other related Science Service news files are in Record Unit 7091, Accessions 01-122, 01-243, 90-068, 90-105, and 93-019 and in curatorial collections in Smithsonian Institution museums.