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Institutional Histories

What is an institutional history?

Institutional histories provide detailed descriptions of a department, laboratory, school, or organization. The Niels Bohr Library & Archives holds hundreds of institutional histories. Institutional Histories may be either published or unpublished. Published histories are located in the book collection and unpublished histories are in the ICOS archival collection.

Note that the ICOS contains information about archival collections from repositories around the world; refer to the owning repository for each record.

How do I find institutional histories at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives?

To find all institutional histories:

  • To find all published institutional histories in the book catalog do a subject search for the subject term: "institutional history" (include quotation marks).
  • To find all unpublished institutional histories in the ICOS (International Archival Catalog) do a subject search for the subject term: "institutional history" (include quotation marks).
  • To find all institutional histories, both published and unpublished, in the book catalog and ICOS do a browse search in the catalog for the subject term: "institutional history" (include quotation marks).

To find institutional histories for specific organizations:

  • To find a history of a specific institution in published book form, do a title search in the book catalog for the institutionís name and limit your search to "Institutional History Books held at AIP".
  • To find an unpublished history of a specific institution, to a title search in ICOS for the institution's name and a subject search for the term: "institutional history" (include quotation marks). You may also restrict your ICOS search to histories held at AIP by using the limit, "Institutional Histories held at AIP".

Iím having trouble, what do I do?

If you need help with your search, check out our FAQs or contact our reference staff by phone at (301) 209-3177 or e-mail (nbl@aip.org). We are here 8:30am–5:00pm EST, Monday through Friday.