Title and Description Page
Early Years 1
Growing up in Quincy, Massachusetts. Parents. Attending Emmanuel College. Interest in chemistry. Working at DuPont and Harrington Labs.
Career Beginnings 4
Working in the High Pressure Research Lab at MIT. Beginning scientific information work with James W. Perry. Chemical notation systems. Funding. Editing Perry's punched cards book.
Information Classification 10
Compiling book of chemical abstracts, formulas, and notation schemes. Evaluating systems for IUPAC. Dyson system. Wiswesser system. Semantic factoring. Librarians vs. information specialists. Cataloguing.
Managing Information 20
Working for Battelle Memorial Institute. Aberdeen Proving Ground contract. Telegraphic abstracts. Selector equipment. Vocabulary control. Meeting Dick Henderson. Handling chemical information. Working for the National Science Foundation. Chemical Abstracts.
Politics of Information Science 35
Helen Brownson. Funding and grants. Chemical Abstracts Service. Writing abstracts. Women's position in the information world. Attending American University.
Later Career 49
Mary Elizabeth Stevens. Working for the National Bureau of Standards. Serving on the Task Force on Automation. Federal Library automation. Copyright roundtable. Consulting. Winning Watson-Davis award. Secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Final Thoughts 63
Influential people in the field of information science. Comparing searching methods. Reflections on career. Standardization.