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Author: Jeremy Boggs
Title: History of Science and Technology: An Eclectic List
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
December 2007

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Source: History of Science and Technology: An Eclectic List
Jeremy Boggs

vol. 10, no. 3, December 2007
Article Type: Column

History of Science and Technology: An Eclectic List

Jeremy Boggs

Column Editor

America on the Move takes visitors through the history of transportation and movement in the United States. The site is replete with maps, images, documents, games, and learning resources. The exhibit has three main "routes" for exploration: Exhibition, Collection, and Themes. The Exhibition is a chronologically-ordered presentation of selected items from the collection. Each section of the Exhibition is color-coded, to provide a sense of place and time as the viewer navigations through the narrative.

History of the Button is a weblog that focuses on the historical place of the button as a interface element in various contexts.

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2004 offers visitors a fantastic look at how the use of television and commercials in presidential campaigns have changed over time. An exhibit by the Museum of the Moving Image, the site provides online video of commercials for various presidential candidates since 1952, including Lyndon Johnson's famous "Peace Little Girl" commercial from 1964. The site breaks down commercials by election year and by type (Biographical, Children, Commander in Chief, Documentary, Fear, and Real People), and provides teachers with resources for using commercials with students. An excellent resource for anyone interested in teaching about the television, media, and the American Presidency.

Folklore: Macintosh Stories provides over 100 stories from the original creators of the Macintosh computer. Individuals covered include Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, among dozens of others. Much of the material covers topics from the late 1970s and early 1980s. A remarkable and revealing resource for learning more about one of the most revolutionary personal computers ever created.

A Thin Blue Line: The History of the Pregnancy Test Kit is an online collecting site run by the National Institutes of Health. Content includes a modest timeline of pregnancy detection, sources from popular culture including advertisements and television, and a wealth of personal stories collected from the general public.

STIM - MouseSite is an online exhibit on the history of the computer mouse and other human-computer interactions. Despite clunky navigation and organization, the site contains a significant number of resources and primary sources, including the papers of the mouse's inventor, Doug Engelbart. Additionally, Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo provides footage of the first public demonstration of the computer mouse in 1968, though the files require the RealPlayer media player.

Remembering Columbia STS-107 presents documents, photos, and stories related to the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. The site includes "Biographies" of each of the Columbia crew, a detailed timeline of the events surrounding the loss of Columbia, and documents from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Drug Trade is an online exhibit by the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. The exhibit includes revealing information about the history of drugs and pharmacology from the 16th to the 18th centuries in Europe. A 6-page essay frames the collection in a historical context. The Gallery includes detailed images of drug jars adorned with detailed imagery.