Science Gets Organized

Today we continue our series on science and technology related archival materials (as part of the North Carolina Science Festival) by turning our attention to Organization Records. The Organization Records group consists of the records of many of the state’s private, professional, or civic organizations judged to be relevant to the history of the state. This list of suggested collections was provided by Gwen Mays, our Organization Records Archivist.

Agricultural Society of North Carolina Paper, 1871

A report delivered at the eleventh annual meeting of the Agricultural Society of North Carolina by Andrew A. Scroggs, M.D. on medicinal plants, roots, etc., on October 18, 1871. (Call number:  ORG.2; Size of collection: 1 item)

American Chemical Society-NC Section Records, 1896-1986

Minutes and newsletters from the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. (Call number: ORG.9; Size of collection: 3 volumes)

North Carolina Medical Society Related Materials, 1910-1938

Volumes of materials collected or created by the North Carolina Medical Society. (Call number: ORG.181; Size of collections: 12 volumes)

H. H. Brimley Collection

Although this does not relate to the Organization Records, now is a perfect time to mention that Kim Cumber has added a selection of photos from the  H. H. Brimley Collection (PhC.42) to our Flickr account. The set of images deal with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, of which Herbert Hutchinson Brimley was the first curator back when it was called the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. The Museum of Natural Sciences has been in the news a lot recently since opening its Nature Research Center this past Friday as part of the NC Science Festival, which makes this set of photographs of the museum’s history especially timely. The second set that she recently added is called ““Trouble” a Whale“; it documents the story of a sperm whale that beached itself near Wrightsville Beach in 1928 and eventually became the symbol for the Museum of Natural Sciences. Read more about that story on the News and Observer’s Past Times blog.

A finding aid for the Herbert Hutchinson Brimley Photograph Collection (1880 – 1977) is available online.