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Grover C. Sherlin Washington Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.) records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2210

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting minutes, the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, proceedings, financial records, membership records, fellowship publications, committee records, and personal papers belonging to Grover C. Sherlin. Sherlin was past president of the Washington Academy of Sciences. These records date from 1898-2002.

Dates

  • 1898-2002

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical note

In 1882, a federation of the Philosophical, Anthropological, and Biological societies in Washington gathered to form a joint venture titled The Washington Academy of Sciences. The purpose of this formation was to promote joint publications, periodic meetings of these three societies, and to manage courses of popular lectures. The Washington Academy of Sciences formally filed articles of incorporation in 1898. The articles were filed by J.R. Eastman, F.W.Clarke, G.K. Gilbert, Arnold Hague, L.O. Howard, C. Hart Merriam, J.W. Powell, George M. Sternberg, H.N. Stokes, Charles D. Walcott, Lester F. Ward, W. J. McGee, Frank Baker, and Bernard R. Green.

The articles defined the promotion of science as the primary function of the Academy and the specifics discussed the publishing and distributing documents for conducting lectures, conducting, endowing, and assisting investigations in any department of science.

The 21st century objectives of the Washington Academy of Sciences mirror those 19th Century goals and are defined as working to stimulate interest in the sciences and to promote the advancement and the development of the philosophical aspects of science by the Academy membership and through cooperative action by the Affiliated Societies.

Membership in the Washington Academy of Sciences is open to all individuals with an interest in science and concerned with the affairs of science and technology. The Academy is managed by a Board of Managers.

The Academy brings together the entire panoply of local scientific societies and provides individual members the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with a wide variety of scientists and organizational members society-to-society interaction.

Extent

27.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

In 1882, a federation of the Philosophical, Anthropological, and Biological societies in Washington gathered to form a joint venture titled The Washington Academy of Sciences. The purpose of this formation was to promote joint publications, periodic meetings of these three societies, and to manage courses of popular lectures. The Washington Academy of Sciences formally filed articles of incorporation in 1898. The 21st century objectives of the Washington Academy of Sciences mirror those 19th Century goals and are defined as working to stimulate interest in the sciences and to promote the advancement and the development of the philosophical aspects of science by the Academy membership and through cooperative action by the Affiliated Societies. Membership in the Washington Academy of Sciences is open to all individuals with an interest in science and concerned with the affairs of science and technology.

This collection contains meeting minutes, the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, proceedings, financial records, membership records, fellowship publications, committee records, and personal papers belonging to Grover C. Sherlin. Sherlin was past president of the Washington Academy of Sciences. These records date from 1898-2002.

Arrangement

Organized into eight series: Grover C. Sherlin personal papers, Presidents' records, Board of Managers records, Committee records, Financial records, Joint Board on Science Education records, Membership and fellowship records, and Publications

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Allen Barwick, 2001. Dr. Barwick was president of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Separated Materials

The Journals (1944-1959) found in original boxes 40-43 that were part of Series 8 had water damage and mold. Because these volumes are found at other libraries including at the WRLC consortium the decision was made to remove these boxes from the collection and safely discard.

Source

Title
Guide to the Grover C. Sherlin Washington Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.) records, 1898-2002
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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