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Guide to the Records of the American Institute of the City of New York for the Encouragement of Science and Invention
1808-1983 (Bulk 1828-1940)
 MS 17

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Series II: Children's Fair Years, 1921-1983

Subseries 1: Student Events and Programs, 1928-1983

Scope and Contents note

After the mid-1920's, the American Institute began to focus on science programs for children. This subseries contains information on the children's programs, workshops, and clubs that were sponsored by the American Institute.

Science Fairs - The first American Institute Children's Science Fair was held in 1928 in conjunction with the School Nature League at the American Museum of Natural History. The first fairs encouraged the study of agriculture, nature, and conservation. The fairs were held in the fall from 1928-1933. In 1934, the fair was moved to the spring and, because of the shift, there was no Children's Fair for that year. The fairs became popular and the large demand for exhibit space meant that the American Institute eventually had to limit the number of entries from each school. In 1938 the fair was renamed as the Junior Science Fair, and the name was changed to the Science and Engineering Fair in 1939. These fairs were no longer affiliated with the School Nature League and the exhibits became more technical. Although it is unclear when the American Institute fairs ended, the material documents the fairs until 1983.

The fairs from 1928-1939 are well documented but there is not much information on the fairs from 1940-1983. The material includes correspondence, judges reports, booklets, regulations, entries, vouchers, lists of prize winners, information on Parents Night, descriptions of the exhibits, and details of arrangements needed to set up the exhibits.

Science Clubs - With the success of the annual science fairs, the American Institute sought to establish a way for children to pursue their scientific interests all year round. The Institute created a Junior Science Club that consisted of existing science clubs sponsored by schools or other organizations. Children could not join individually. Members would be invited to participate in lectures, field trips, meetings, workshop courses, and museum courses. The American Institute science clubs were local to the New York City region until 1938 when the American Institute established a nationwide organization of clubs.

Material pertaining to the Science Clubs includes correspondence, reports, and membership items. There is also information on the planning of events including correspondence with speakers, course descriptions, sign-in sheets, applications, schedules, and lists of participants. There is little information on the activities of clubs outside of New York City or on any club activities after 1940. Publications of the science clubs included March of Science (1932-1937),  Science Leaflet (1934, 1939-1941),  Amateur Scientist (1937-1938), and  The Science Observer (1938-1941). These publications are located in Series 4: Pamphlets and Publications.

Science Congress - The Science Congress was an annual series of scientific meetings for members of the Junior Science Clubs. The congress was modeled on the scientific meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the adult meetings of the American Institute. Beginning in 1933, junior and senior high school students lectured, read scientific papers, and gave demonstrations of their work at the congress. In 1934, Christmas lectures modeled on the Christmas series at the Royal Institution of London became part of the congress which was held at the end of each year. Some of the Christmas Lectures were broadcast on the radio by NBC. There is no material on the Science Congress from 1940-1966. Material for a 1967 Junior Academy Science Congress is included in this subseries. It is unclear if the Science Congresses continued after that time. The Science Congress material includes applications to the congress, the topics of the talks and demonstrations of the students, ticket information, and attendance records.

Accent on Science - This was a short-lived American Institute weekly radio program that ran on WNYC in 1937. It was a fifteen-minute segment that consisted of conversations with members of the science community on various topics including chemical warfare, telescopes, the cures and causes of syphilis and gonorrhea, and the proper food to serve on airlines. The material includes transcripts of most of the shows and correspondence regarding plans for the program.

Scholastic Salon of Photography The Scholastic Salon of Photography was originally part of the Children's Science Fair, but it became a separate event in 1938 due to its popularity. Sponsored by the American Institute and several camera clubs from New York City schools, students from across the country submitted photographs to the salon and prizes were awarded to the winners. Prize winning photographs and selected entries were placed on display at the American Museum of Natural History. After the second salon, the winning photographs traveled to schools around the country for display. The Salon material includes brochures, correspondence, planning material, and publicity information for 1938-1940. Only a few photographs from the salons are in the collection.

Science Laboratory - After the success of the student laboratory at the 1939-1940 World's Fair, the American Institute started a permanent laboratory where students could experiment on their own outside of school. The lab was located in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue. By late December of 1941, the lab was closed due to a lack of funds. The material includes administrative information, correspondence, photographs, and examples of experiments performed in the laboratory.

Crime Prevention Bureau Courses - In 1933, the American Institute sponsored courses to officers of the Crime Prevention Bureau of the New York Police Department on establishing science clubs. The NYPD hoped that establishing science clubs, similar to their establishment of athletic activities, would help prevent juvenile delinquency. There is administrative material on the planning of these courses and events, with evaluations on of their progress.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 140 Children's Science Fair
1928
Offsite-Box: 141 Children's Science Fair
1928-1929
Offsite-Box: 142 Children's Science Fair
1929
Offsite-Box: 143 Children's Science Fair
1930
Offsite-Box: 144 Children's Science Fair
1931
Offsite-Box: 145 Children's Science Fair
1931-1932
Offsite-Box: 146 Children's Science Fair
1932
Offsite-Box: 147 Children's Science Fair
1932
Offsite-Box: 148 Children's Science Fair
1932
Offsite-Box: 149 Children's Science Fair
1932
Offsite-Box: 150 Children's Science Fair, Junior Science Club
1932
Offsite-Box: 151 Junior Science Club
1932
Offsite-Box: 152 Junior Science Club
1932
Offsite-Box: 153 Children's Science Fair
1933
Offsite-Box: 154 Children's Science Fair
1933
Offsite-Box: 155 Children's Science Fair
1933
Offsite-Box: 156 Children's Science Fair
1933
Offsite-Box: 157 Children's Science Fair, Junior Science Club
1933
Offsite-Box: 158 Junior Science Club
1933
Offsite-Box: 159 Junior Science Club
1933
Offsite-Box: 160 Junior Science Club- Bronx
1933
Offsite-Box: 161 Junior Science Club- Brooklyn-Queens
1933
Offsite-Box: 162 Junior Science Club- Queens-Staten Island, Science Club Course for Police Officers
1933
Offsite-Box: 163 Junior Science Club, Science Club Course for Police Officers, Club Membership
1933-1934
Offsite-Box: 164 Junior Science Club- Membership
1934
Offsite-Box: 165 Junior Science Club- Membership, Science Congress
1934
Offsite-Box: 166 Junior Science Club- Science Congress, Museum Courses
1934
Offsite-Box: 167 Junior Science Club- Museum Courses, Christmas Lectures
1934
Offsite-Box: 168 Junior Science Club- Christmas Lectures, Junior Activites
1934
Offsite-Box: 169 Junior Science Club- Junior Activites
1934
Offsite-Box: 170 Junior Science Club- Workshop Courses, Zone Meetings
1934
Offsite-Box: 171 Junior Science Club- Zone Meetings, Other
1934
Offsite-Box: 172 Childrens' Science Fair
1935
Offsite-Box: 173 Childrens' Science Fair
1935
Offsite-Box: 174 Childrens' Science Fair
1935
Offsite-Box: 175 Childrens' Science Fair
1935
Offsite-Box: 176 Student Science Clubs
1935
Offsite-Box: 177 Student Science Clubs- Membership
1935
Offsite-Box: 178 Student Science Clubs- Membership, Junior Activities, Central Meeting
1935
Offsite-Box: 179 Student Science Clubs- Planetarium Visit, Christmas Lectures
1935
Offsite-Box: 180 Student Science Clubs- Science Congress, Bibliography
1935
Offsite-Box: 181 Student Science Clubs- Bibliography, Workshop Courses
1935
Offsite-Box: 182 Student Science Clubs- Workshop Courses
1935
Offsite-Box: 183 Childrens' Science Fair
1936
Offsite-Box: 184 Childrens' Science Fair
1936
Offsite-Box: 185 Childrens' Science Fair
1936
Offsite-Box: 186 Childrens' Science Fair, Junior Science Clubs- Membership
1936
Offsite-Box: 187 Student Science Club- Membership, Central Meeting
1936
Offsite-Box: 188 Student Science Club- Science Congress, Christmas Lectures
1936
Offsite-Box: 189 Student Science Club- Workshop Courses
1936
Offsite-Box: 190 Student Science Club- Workshop Courses
1936
Offsite-Box: 191 Children's Science Fair
1937
Offsite-Box: 192 Children's Science Fair
1937
Offsite-Box: 193 Children's Science Fair
1937
Offsite-Box: 194 Children's Science Fair
1937
Offsite-Box: 195 Children's Science Fair
1937
Offsite-Box: 196 Student Science Club- Membership
1937
Offsite-Box: 197 Student Science Club- Science Congress
1937
Offsite-Box: 198 Student Science Club- Workshop Courses
1937
Offsite-Box: 199 Student Science Club- Workshop Courses, "Accent on Science" Radio Programs
1937
Offsite-Box: 200 "Accent on Science" Radio Programs
1937
Offsite-Box: 201 "Accent on Science" Radio Programs, Children's Science Fair
1937-1938
Offsite-Box: 202 Children's Science Fair
1938
Offsite-Box: 203 Children's Science Fair
1938
Offsite-Box: 204 Children's Science Fair
1938
Offsite-Box: 205 Student Science Clubs
1938
Offsite-Box: 206 Student Science Clubs- Science Congress, Salon of Photography
1938
Offsite-Box: 207 Student Science Clubs- Salon of Photography, Workshop Courses
1938
Offsite-Box: 208 "Accent on Science" Radio Programs
1938
Offsite-Box: 209 "Accent on Science" Radio Programs, Children's Science Fair
1938-1939
Offsite-Box: 210 Children's Science Fair
1939
Offsite-Box: 211 Children's Science Fair
1939
Offsite-Box: 212 Children's Science Fair
1939
Offsite-Box: 213 Children's Science Fair Floor Plans, Student Science Clubs
1939
Offsite-Box: 214 Student Science Clubs
1939
Offsite-Box: 215 Student Science Clubs, Photography Salon
1939
Offsite-Box: 216 Student Science Clubs- Workshop Courses, Science Congress
1939
Offsite-Box: 217 Student Science Clubs- Science Congress
1939
Offsite-Box: 218 Student Science Clubs- Workshop Courses, Photography Salon
1939-1940
Offsite-Box: 219 Student Science Clubs- Photography Salon
1940
Offsite-Box: 220 Student Science Clubs- Photography Salon
1940
Offsite-Box: 221 Student Science Clubs- Workshop Courses
1940
Offsite-Box: 222 Student Science Clubs- Workshop Courses, Student Laboratory
Offsite-Box: 223 Applications for Student Laboratory
1940-1941
Offsite-Box: 224 Student Science Clubs- Science Congress, Student Laboratory
1941
Offsite-Box: 225 Student Fairs, Science Congress
1942-1967
Offsite-Box: 226 Student Fairs, Science Congress
1967-1893
Box: 430 Junior Science Clubs from NYC Boroughs- Index Cards
1934-1935
Box: 431 Children's Science Fair- Card List
1932
Box: 432 Children's Science Fair- Card List
1933
Box: 433 Children's Science Fair- Card List
1935
Box: 434 Children's Science Fair- Card List
1935
Box: 435 Science and Engineering Fair- File Cards
1939
Box: 436 Science and Engineering Fair- File Cards
1939-1940
Box: 437 Photographic Salon- Index of Entries
1939
Box: 438 Third Scholastic Salon of Photography- Entry Blanks
1940
Box: 456 "Red Magic Page" from The World (oversize)
1927-1928

Subseries 2: Adult Programs, 1921-1941

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains material relating to the American Institute's adult programs from 1921 to 1941, which included lectures, exhibitions, luncheons, demonstration lectures, science roundtables, medal award (for scientific achievement) and other dinners, forums, 'get-togethers,' field trips, picnics, and movie nights (scientific topics).

The amount and type of material for each program or event varies. Common items include correspondence, speeches or lectures, invites and invite lists, announcements, work requisitions, cash statements, mailing lists, calendars, press releases, ticket records, regrets, and menus.

General subjects of various adult programs and events ranged from science and technology to health and medicine. Biology, astronomy, and psychology were also broad areas of study. From 1921 to 1929, lectures discussed agriculture, electricity, aeronautics, anatomy and health, energy, astronomy, and radiation. Some annual fair material, and items pertaining to the Centenary Dinner (1928) can also be found here.

Lecture and roundtable topics from 1930 to 1932 included criminology, aviation, monorails, heredity, animal virus diseases, rocketry, birth control, eugenics, relativity, t.v. and radio, cancer, cosmic rays, x-rays, vitamins, biology, and sterility. Programs from 1933 to 1934 discussed vitamins, geology, cells, science education, mental disorders, aviation, geometry, physics, farming, chemical engineering, crime, oxygen, population, radioactivity, and weather forecasting.

1935 demonstration meetings presented experiments with liquid air and chemicals, electricity, and steel alloys. Roundtables discussed botany, deep sea fish life, the social philosophy of race survival, chemical engineering, animal behavior, the Hayden Planetarium, insect control, and telescopes. Field trips were made to New York City subway car shops, and the American Museum of Natural History for a behind the scenes tour.

Topics for 1936 events included the scientific method, research, biology, television, telescopes, prefabricated houses, gases, cellulose, genes, blood tests and parentage, x-rays, insanity, and earthquakes. Programs and events during 1937 included discussions of mental hygiene, allergies, radioactivity, vitamins, radio, hormones, color photography, ESP, aviation, and organic chemistry. 1938 meetings dealt with air conditioning, isotopes, radio, meteors, patents, and photography.

From 1939 to 1941, a program entitled Short Courses in Science covered such topics as flying, neuroses, patents and inventions, atoms, genetics, psychiatry, bridge building, hormones, and insects. Demonstration meeting topics included lie detectors tests and roundtables discussed caffeine. Field trips were made to the Dept. of Agriculture and Western Union.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 227 Exhibitions, Dinners
1921-1929
Offsite-Box: 228 Luncheons, Medal Award Dinners
1930-1932
Offsite-Box: 229 Round Tables
1932
Offsite-Box: 230 Round Tables, Medal Award Dinners
1932-1933
Offsite-Box: 231 Round Tables
1933
Offsite-Box: 232 Round Tables
1933-1934
Offsite-Box: 233 General Meeting, Medal Award Dinner
1934
Offsite-Box: 234 Medal Award Dinner
1934
Offsite-Box: 235 Medal Award Dinner
1934-1935
Offsite-Box: 236 Medal Award Dinner
1935
Offsite-Box: 237 Lectures
1935
Offsite-Box: 238 Round Tables
1935
Offsite-Box: 239 Round Tables, Medal Award Dinners
1935-1936
Offsite-Box: 240 Anniversary and President's Dinner
1936
Offsite-Box: 241 Meetings, Lectures
1936
Offsite-Box: 242 Meetings, Round Tables
1936
Offsite-Box: 243 Round Tables, Medal Awards Dinner
1936-1937
Offsite-Box: 244 Dinners, General Meetings
1937
Offsite-Box: 245 Meetings, Lectures
1937
Offsite-Box: 246 Meetings, Lectures
1937
Offsite-Box: 247 Medal Award Dinner, General Meeting
1938
Offsite-Box: 248 Meetings
1938
Offsite-Box: 249 Meetings, Round Tables
1938
Offsite-Box: 250 Meetings, Forums
1938
Offsite-Box: 251 Medal Awards
1938-1939
Offsite-Box: 252 Medal Awards, Courses in Science
1939
Offsite-Box: 253 Round Table, Members' Night
1939
Offsite-Box: 254 Medal Awards Dinner, Science Courses
1940
Offsite-Box: 255 Science Courses, Medal Awards Dinner
1940-1941
Offsite-Box: 256 Members' Night, Science Courses
1941

Subseries 3: Administrative, 1921-1983

Scope and Contents note

Most of the material in the this Administrative subseries consists of bills, receipts, accounts, correspondence, reports, and membership lists. The material from the period after 1980 consists almost entirely of cancelled checks, deposit lists, and bills.

Correspondence - Most of the correspondence is to and from officers and employees of the American Institute, and concerns the everyday business of the Institute, such as finances, membership, letters of thanks to speakers, etc. Some of the topics addressed throughout the period 1921 - 1940 are: the future and purpose of the American Institute, the status of the Institute's investments and its solvency, relations with the state and municipal governments, rentals of venues for events, and publications of the American Institute. Specific topics include the merger of the American Institute with the New York Electrical Society in 1930; a conflict during the same period over control of the Institute; the Chicago World's Fair of 1932; a dispute by the Institute with the American Institute for the Scientific Care of the Hair over the name of the latter organization; and the affiliation school science clubs with the Institute.

Persons represented in the correspondence include trustees and officers of the Institute, such as Dr. Morris Meister, H.T. Newcomb, L.W. Hutchins, and Dr. H.H. Sheldon. Also represented throughout the 1930s is Frances Flanagan, the Institute's secretary.

Reports - Includes Treasurers' Reports, and reports of various committees, such as the Membership Committee, and Committee on Elections.

Business and Financial Records - Includes bills, vouchers, and cancelled checks, usually for everyday expenses of the American Institute. Some material, primarily from the 1930s, deals with the investments of the Institute, and for some years, primarily in the 1930s, the material includes ledger sheets documenting the Institute's finances. Also included are time sheets of various employees of the Institute.

Minutes - Most of the minutes are of Trustees meetings. Other minutes include those of specific committees of the American Institute, such as the Finance Committee.

Membership information - This material includes applications and proposals for membership, lists of lapsed, deceased, or delinquent members, and material relating to membership drives.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 257 Correspondence,Vouchers and Checks
1921-1922
Offsite-Box: 258 Checks and Vouchers, Old Information Files
1923
Offsite-Box: 259 Reports, Checks, and Vouchers
1924
Offsite-Box: 260 Reports, Checks, and Vouchers
1924-1925
Offsite-Box: 261 Correspondence
1925
Offsite-Box: 262 Correspondence, Speeches, Old Information Files
1925
Offsite-Box: 263 Speeches, Vouchers
1925-1926
Offsite-Box: 264 Board of Membership Meetings, Correspondence
1926
Offsite-Box: 265 Bank Information, Correspondence, Old Information Files
1926
Offsite-Box: 266 Old Information Files, Correspondence
1926-1927
Offsite-Box: 267 Vouchers and Checks, Correspondence
1927
Offsite-Box: 268 Correspondence, Reports
1927
Offsite-Box: 269 Old Information Files
1927
Offsite-Box: 270 Old Information Files
1927
Offsite-Box: 271 Old Information Files
1927
Offsite-Box: 272 Old Information Files, Annual Report
1927
Offsite-Box: 273 Vouchers for Cash Paid
1928
Offsite-Box: 274 Vouchers for Cash Paid, Resigned Members' Files (A-D)
1928
Offsite-Box: 275 Resigned Members' Files (E-P)
1928
Offsite-Box: 276 Resigned Members' Files (S-Z), Deceased Members' Files
1928
Offsite-Box: 277 Correspondence
1928
Offsite-Box: 278 Correspondence
1928
Offsite-Box: 279 Annual Reports, Activities Committee
1928
Offsite-Box: 280 Old Information Files
1928
Offsite-Box: 281 Expense Vouchers
1929
Offsite-Box: 282 Financial Information
1929
Offsite-Box: 283 Correspondence, Annual Reports, Meetings
1929
Offsite-Box: 284 Membership, Old Information Files, Vouchers
1929-1930
Offsite-Box: 285 Vouchers, Membership Committee, Ballots
1930
Offsite-Box: 286 Ballots, Correspondence
1930
Offsite-Box: 287 Correspondence, Annual Report
1930
Offsite-Box: 288 Correspondence
1930
Offsite-Box: 289 New York Electrical Society, Vouchers and Checks
1930-1931
Offsite-Box: 290 Checks and Vouchers, Financial Statements
1931
Offsite-Box: 291 Membership, Correspondence
1931
Offsite-Box: 292 Correspondence
1931
Offsite-Box: 293 Correspondence, Dinners, Annual Reports
1931
Offsite-Box: 294 Duplicate Checks
1932
Offsite-Box: 295 Financial Statements
1932
Offsite-Box: 296 Investment Records, Time Sheets
1932
Offsite-Box: 297 Time Sheets
1932
Offsite-Box: 298 Time Sheets, Deceased and Resigned Members
1932
Offsite-Box: 299 Deceased and Resigned Members, Correspondence
1932
Offsite-Box: 300 Correspondence, Finance, Investments
1932
Offsite-Box: 301 Correspondence, Meetings, Associations
1932
Offsite-Box: 302 March of Science Files, Annual Reports
1932
Offsite-Box: 303 Checks and Vouchers
1933
Offsite-Box: 304 Checks, Records of Requisitions
1933
Offsite-Box: 305 Investment Records, Time Sheets
1933
Offsite-Box: 306 Resigned Members' Files
1933
Offsite-Box: 307 Resigned Members' Files
1933
Offsite-Box: 308 Membership Programs and Committees
1933
Offsite-Box: 309 Correspondence
1933
Offsite-Box: 310 Correspondence
1933
Offsite-Box: 311 Annual Reports, Memorandums
1933
Offsite-Box: 312 Board Meetings, Quarterly Meetings
1933
Offsite-Box: 313 Subject Information, March of Science Files, Annual Report
1933
Offsite-Box: 314 Checks and Vouchers
1934
Offsite-Box: 315 Record of Requisitions
1934
Offsite-Box: 316 Finances, Time Sheets, Record of Requisitions
1934
Offsite-Box: 317 Associate Memberships, Other Files
1934
Offsite-Box: 318 Associate Memberships, Correspondence
1934
Offsite-Box: 319 Program Committees, Quarterly Meetings
1934
Offsite-Box: 320 Demonstration Meetings, Committes, Other Meetings
1934
Offsite-Box: 321 March of Science Files, Annual Reports, Checks and Vouchers
1934-1935
Offsite-Box: 322 Checks and Vouchers
1935
Offsite-Box: 323 Work Requisitions
1935
Offsite-Box: 324 Financial Reports, Time Sheets, Membership
1935
Offsite-Box: 325 Membership
1935
Offsite-Box: 326 Resigned and Associate Membership (A-P)
1935
Offsite-Box: 327 Resigned and Associate Membership (Q-Z)
1935
Offsite-Box: 328 Membership Campaign, Correspondence
1935
Offsite-Box: 329 Annual Reports, Dinners, Committees
1935
Offsite-Box: 330 Committees and Events
1935
Offsite-Box: 331 Committees and Fellowships
1935
Offsite-Box: 332 Checks and Vouchers
1936
Offsite-Box: 333 Checks and Vouchers, Requisitions
1936
Offsite-Box: 334 Requisitions, Financial Statements
1936
Offsite-Box: 335 Membership Committees
1936
Offsite-Box: 336 Medal Awards and Committees
1936
Offsite-Box: 337 Membership, Awards, Dinners
1936
Offsite-Box: 338 March of Science Files, Annual Reports, Checks and Vouchers
1936-1937
Offsite-Box: 339 Checks and Vouchers
1937
Offsite-Box: 340 Membership
1937
Offsite-Box: 341 Requisitons, Purchase Orders
1937
Offsite-Box: 342 Annual Reports, Committees
1937
Offsite-Box: 343 Awards, Meetings, Committees
1937
Offsite-Box: 344 Correspondence of Various Subjects
1937
Offsite-Box: 345 Amateur Scientist Papers
1937
Offsite-Box: 346 Amateur Scientist Papers
1937
Offsite-Box: 347 Amateur Scientist Papers
1937
Offsite-Box: 348 Amateur Scientist Papers
1937
Offsite-Box: 349 Amateur Scientist Papers
1937
Offsite-Box: 350 Checks and Vouchers
1938
Offsite-Box: 351 Checks and Vouchers, Financial Statements
1938
Offsite-Box: 352 Financial Papers, Membership
1938
Offsite-Box: 353 Membership
1938
Offsite-Box: 354 Membership, Correspondence
1938
Offsite-Box: 355 Committees, Club Activities
1938
Offsite-Box: 356 Adult Education, Clubs
1938
Offsite-Box: 357 Meetings, Special Interest Groups, Checks and Vouchers
1938
Offsite-Box: 358 Science Observer Papers
1938
Offsite-Box: 359 Science Observer Papers
1938
Offsite-Box: 360 Science Observer Papers and Amateur Scientist Papers
1938
Offsite-Box: 361 Checks and Vouchers
1939
Offsite-Box: 362 Checks and Vouchers
1939
Offsite-Box: 363 Checks and Vouchers
1939
Offsite-Box: 364 Checks and Vouchers
1939
Offsite-Box: 365 Checks and Vouchers, Purchase Orders
1939
Offsite-Box: 366 Requisitions for Purchases, Dues, Budgets, Subscriptions
1939
Offsite-Box: 367 Finances, Membership
1939
Offsite-Box: 368 Membership Applications, Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 369 Membership Applications, Correspondence, Associate Members Program
1939
Offsite-Box: 370 Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 371 Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 372 Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 373 Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 374 Science Centers
1939
Offsite-Box: 375 Science Centers
1939
Offsite-Box: 376 Correspondence, Annual Reports
1939
Offsite-Box: 377 Annual Reports, Meetings, Awards, Board of Membership
1939
Offsite-Box: 378 Members, Sponsors
1939
Offsite-Box: 379 Articles, Science Center
1939
Offsite-Box: 380 Science Observer Papers
1939
Offsite-Box: 381 Checks and Vouchers
1940
Offsite-Box: 382 Checks and Vouchers
1940
Offsite-Box: 383 Checks and Vouchers, Time Sheets, Budget Statements
1940
Offsite-Box: 384 Membership
1940
Offsite-Box: 385 "Clubs Dropped from Affiliation"
1940
Offsite-Box: 386 Correspondence on Various Subjects
1940
Offsite-Box: 387 Annual Report, Meetings
1940
Offsite-Box: 388 Marconi Memorial Scholarship
1940
Offsite-Box: 389 Science Observer Correspondence (A-P)
1940
Offsite-Box: 390 Science Observer Correspondence (R-Z)
1940
Offsite-Box: 391 Science Observer Reports and papers
1940
Offsite-Box: 392 Science Observer Papers
1940-1941
Offsite-Box: 393 Clubs, Publications, Meetings
1941
Offsite-Box: 394 Membership Applications and Correspondence
1941
Offsite-Box: 395 Membership Applications and Correspondence, Science Observer Papers
1941
Offsite-Box: 396 Science Observer Papers
1941
Offsite-Box: 397 Adult Members, Resigned/Dropped (A-H)
1941
Offsite-Box: 398 Adult Members, Resigned/Dropped (I-T)
1941
Offsite-Box: 399 Adult Members, Resigned/Dropped (W-Z)
1941
Offsite-Box: 400 Invoices, Bids, Accounts
1942-1944
Offsite-Box: 401 Central Files, Annual Reports
1944-1952
Offsite-Box: 402 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)`
1952-1961
Offsite-Box: 403 Central and General Files
1962-1966
Offsite-Box: 404 General Files, AAAS Grants
1966-1973
Offsite-Box: 405 Annual Reports, Accounts, General Files
1974-1978
Offsite-Box: 406 Annual Meeting, Cancelled Checks
1978-1981
Offsite-Box: 407 Deposits, Checks, General Files
1981-1983
Box: 427 Checks
[1930-1939]
Box: 428 Checks and Deposit Slips
[1930-1939]
Box: 429 Member Index Cards
[1930-1939]
Box: 439 General Mailing List (A-C), Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 440 General Mailing List (C-G), Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 441 General Mailing List (G-K), Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 442 General Mailing List (K-M), Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 443 General Mailing List (M-S), Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 444 General Mailing List (S-Z), and Businesses and Clubs, Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 445 General Mailing List of Businesses and Clubs, Index Cards
[1933]
Box: 446 Letter File of Names and Companies, Index Cards
[1844-1936]
Box: 447 Letter File of Names and Companies, Index Cards
[1844-1936]
Box: 448 The Science Observer, Expirations, Index Cards
[1930-1941]
Box: 449 The Science Observer, Subscriptions, Index Cards
[1930-1941]
Box: 450 The Science Observer, Subscriptions and Expirations, Index Cards
[1930-1941]
Box: 451 Science Leaflet, Subscriptions, Index Cards Vol. 13
1939-1940
Box: 452 Science Leaflet, Subscriptions, Index Cards Vol. 13
1939-1940
Box: 453 Science Leaflet, Subscriptions, Index Cards Vol. 14
1940-1941
Box: 454 Science Leaflet, Subscriptions, Index Cards Vol. 14
1940-1941
Box: 455 Science Leaflet, Subscriptions, Index Cards Vol. 14
1940-1941

Subseries 4: World's Fair, 1935-1940

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains information on the American Institute's children's exhibit in the Westinghouse Pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair, which was co-sponsored with the Board of Education of the City of New York. The activities were meant for children 12-18 years of age and included science laboratory workshops, Junior Science Congress lectures, a photography laboratory, and an amateur radio station. The exhibition consisted of a rotation of science exhibits (generally exhibits from previous science fairs) and live experiments being conducted before spectators. The American Institute created the exhibits to promote interest in the American Institute Student Science and Engineering Clubs and to generate support for science education. The theme of the exhibition was "Science Makes the World of Tomorrow."

The subseries consists of many different types of material relating to the planning, design, and running of the American Institute's exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair. The subseries contains correspondence, student applications, budget information, planning notes, reports, and photographs. It also contains two World's Fair scrapbooks containing clippings, pamphlets, letters, and photographs documenting the American Institute exhibit at the Fair. Films about the fair are also in this subseries.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 408 World's Fair Committee, General Files
1935-1938
Offsite-Box: 409 Students
1939
Offsite-Box: 410 Students
1939
Offsite-Box: 411 Students
1939
Offsite-Box: 412 Students
[1939]
Offsite-Box: 413 Students
[1939]
Offsite-Box: 414 Students
[1939]
Offsite-Box: 415 Students, Sponsors, Budget
1939
Offsite-Box: 416 Accounts, Exhibits
1939
Offsite-Box: 417 Exhibits, Publicity, Lists, Membership
1939
Offsite-Box: 418 Dr. Alexander Efron's Files, Correspondence
1939
Offsite-Box: 419 General Files, Thank You Letters
1939
Offsite-Box: 420 Students
1940
Offsite-Box: 421 Students
1940
Offsite-Box: 422 Sponsor, General Files
1940
Offsite-Box: 423 General Files
1940
Offsite-Box: 424 Equipment Files, Correspondence
1940
Box: 425 World's Fair Films and Pins
1939-1940
Box: 426 World's Fair Scrapbooks
1939-1940

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