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Othmer Library of Chemical History: Oral Histories

The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library is an independent research library.

General Information

Othmer Library of Chemical History

Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Oral Histories

The Science History Institute conducts Oral history interviews with women and men who have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The oral histories are available to anyone interested in learning more about the history of science, medicine, and technology from the women and men who have practiced and are practicing in these fields. Our collection includes, but is not limited to, material on such topics as World War I and World War II Science, Laboratory Accidents, Polymer Chemistry, Mass Spectroscopy, Hungarian Scientists, Nobel Laureates, and National Medal of Science Recipients.

The Oral Histories are cataloged, searchable and requestable through the Othmer Library catalog.

To request an oral history for research -- search the library's online catalog.

Purchasing a Transcript

You can purchase transcripts of most of our Oral Histories. The link below will take you to the Oral History Center's webpage. Search for the transcript you want and select "Order Transcript."