|ORGANIZATION:||Smithsonian Institute (Science Service)|
|PERSONS INVOLVED:||Watson Davis; Edwin Slosson|
|MAJOR PROJECTS:||Bibliofilm Service|
Science Services was created in 1920 to popularize science. It was sponsored by AAAS, NAS, and NRC and funded by E.W. Scripps, a newspaper publisher. Edwin Slosson was the first editor of Science Services and became director in 1925. Watson Davis became director in 1928. Science Services offered a weekly science page, daily feature articles, short news items, and a feature series to newspapers and magazines. It started several publications including Science News. It also had a radio program series. It had a big impact from WWI-WWII but then began to fade.
In 1926, Slosson and Davis wrote "Plan for Film Record" discussing the possibilities for 3 new services utilizing microfilm technology. One of these services focused on using microfilm copies to fulfill ILL requests. This idea was expanded and became Bibliofilm Service in 1934. In 1936, Science Services took over operation of the Bibliofilm Service from the USDA. In 1941, Bibliofilm Service came to an end.
|Smithsonian Archives, Washington, DC.|
|PAPERS DATES:||ca 1910 - 1963|
|SIZE:||183 cubic feet|
|INCLUDES:||Consists of records documenting the daily activities of Science Service and the professional activities of Edwin E. Slosson and Watson Davis; Unarranged, with the following apparent divisions: 1. Daily Mail Reports-Science Page; 2. Executive Committee minutes and reports, 1923-1942; 3. Edwin E. Slosson, personal files, circa 1910-1920; 4. Director's files, circa 1921-1928; 5. Managing editor, circa 1922-1925; 6. Watson Davis, personal files; 7. Manager of Science Service, circa 1921-1925; 8. General correspondence, 1927-1963; 9. American Documentation Institute, circa 1938-1946; 10. Syndicated correspondence, circa 1954; 11. Latin American translations, circa 1940-1950; 12. National Inventor's Council, circa 1940-1949; 13. Interlingua files; 14. Knud Rasmussen Expedition, 1920; 15. UNESCO, 1948-1951; 16. Rockefeller Foundation Survey and Conferences; 17. Photographs, posters, and cartoons; 18. CBS radio talks, circa 1939-1959; No finding aid.|
|SOURCE:||Guide to the Smithsonian Archives. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978, pp. 228-229.|