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Some Essential Texts on the History of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council

Cochrane, Rexmond C., The National Academy of Sciences: The First Hundred Years, 1863-1963 (Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences, 1978).

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Dupree, A. Hunter, Science in the Federal Government: A History of Policies and Activities to 1940 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard U Press, 1957)

Hale, George Ellery. “National Academies and the Progress of Research.” Science 38, no. 985 (1913): 681-698.

Hale, George Ellery. “National Academies and the Progress of Research. II.” Science 41, no. 1044 (1915): 12-23.

Holley, Irving B. Jr., Ideas and Weapons: Exploitation of the Aerial Weapon by the United States during World War I: A Study in the Relationship of Technological Advance, Military Doctrine, and the Development of Weapons (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953).

Kevles, Daniel .J., The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Millikan, Robert A., Autobiography (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1950).

Yerkes, Robert M. editor, The New World of Science: Its Development during the War (New York: The Century Company, 1920).


The website of the Archives of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is  A finding aid for period materials related to the NAS/National Research Council is available at