University of Arizona

History of Science

The development and transmission of key scientific ideas is contained in a dynamic selection of titles documenting advances in many branches of science starting with the 16th century.

The collection features landmark volumes and manuscript collections in the fields of optics, astronomy and physics.

Highlighted Collections

Papers of Andrew Ellicott Douglass

Contains materials related to A.E. Douglass' astronomical and tree-ring research, and administration, at the Harvard College Observatory, Lowell Observatories, Steward Observatory, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and University of Arizona.

Bart Bok Collection

Documents his astronomical research, instruction and administration at Harvard University, the Australian National University, the University of Arizona and associated observatories.

Gerard P. Kuiper Papers

The Gerard P. Kuiper Papers are comprised of the personal and professional papers of astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper.

Ewen Whitaker Papers

Papers of astronomer Ewen Whitaker (1922-2016), expert on the geography of the moon (selenography).

Merlin Kearfott DuVal, Jr. Papers

This collection contains materials which span DuVal’s career beginning with the planning of the UA’s College of Medicine and continuing throughout the rest of his professional life and into his ret

Elizabeth Roemer papers

Papers of astronomer Elizabeth Roemer (1929-2016), specialist in astrometry of comets, asteroids, and minor planets, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laborato

Minutes: Pima County Medical Society

Spanning half a century, this collection begins during the Arizona Territorial period and continues through the era of the polio epidemic, the Korean War and the birth of television.The minutes of