Projects, Collections, and Exhibits
Below is a list of all active projects at the Center for Contemporary History and Policy.
Resources for Education and Action for Community Health in Ambler (REACH Ambler) brings into focus the history of Ambler, Pennsylvania, a town long affected by exposure to asbestos from the former Keasbey and Mattison asbestos plant. A 5-year project aimed for completion in August 2017, it will encompass exhibits, online resources, and related public programs that will use the community’s stories to understand differing perspectives on risk, health, and the environment.
Sensing Change, a joint initiative of the Policy Center and the Roy Eddleman Institute for Interpretation and Education, invites us to explore and respond to daily shifts in our environment as well as long-term climate change. An exhibit inspired by this project is on display at CHF through May 2014.
Based on collected archival documents and oral-history interviews, CHF has begun a full-length biography of the Silicon Valley pioneer Gordon E. Moore. As part of this project, we are currently digitizing Moore’s personal professional papers from Intel Corporation.
This project encompasses the state of sustainability reporting standards and metrics among chemical, petroleum, and pharmaceutical companies.
Oral History Collections
These oral histories document and explore the contributions of chemists, chemical engineers, metallurgists, and materials scientists to the development of modern electronics.
An exploration of the complex realities of innovation, discovery, development, marketing, and management in the chemical industries. Many of the interviewees have been awarded the prestigious Perkin Medal.
A record of the human dimensions of the growth of mass spectrometry in academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories during the 20th century.
This set of oral histories documents the growth of polymer research in the United States throughout the 20th century, focusing on World War II and the transformation of industrial and academic institutions.
These oral histories focus on women and men who advanced the classification, manipulation, dissemination, storage, and retrieval of information; who developed new information systems in the 20th century; and especially who focused on scientific knowledge.
Women have been central to the production of science, medicine, and technology since antiquity, though their role has been—intentionally or not—obscured or missing in the annals of history. The purpose of our Women in Chemistry oral-history project is to preserve the history of women’s contributions to science, medicine, and technology in their own words.
Through in-depth oral-history interviews with individuals involved in the process of writing and negotiating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), we gain their perspective on the law, its impact, and whether or not it will continue to be effective in the 21st century.
Mass spectrometry has made many scientific achievements possible—from the Manhattan Project to proteomics. Explore the history of this unsung hero of instrumental analysis, through oral histories, images, and archives from CHF’s collections.
This online exhibit tells the story of the U.S. Synthetic Rubber Program of World War II from the perspective of CHF’s oral history interviewees.
These video clips from the Women in Chemistry oral-history collection show female scientists discussing their experiences in such areas as teaching, work-life balance, and mentoring.
With a generous grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, CHF has launched the Arnold O. Beckman Legacy Project. This four-year project seeks to raise understanding and awareness of the ongoing significance of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman as a scientist-entrepreneur and, with his wife, Mabel, as a philanthropist.