January 19, 2022

History: Science: Harvard Releases Version 2.0 of Waywiser Database of Historical Scientific Instruments

We learned about the release Version 2.0 of Waywiser, a database featuring items from Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments via a recent tweet.

The database now provides access to about 24,000 entries with images and data about each scientific instrument with more entries coming soon. This resource comes from Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

From the Waywiser Info Page

Harvard University has been acquiring scientific instruments on a continuous basis for teaching and research since 1672. The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, which was established in 1948 to preserve this apparatus as a resource for teaching and research in the history of science and technology, has become one of the three largest university collections of its kind in the world. Originally associated with the Harvard library system, the Collection was placed under the stewardship of the Department of History of Science in 1987.

An advanced search interface is available along with the opportunity for registered users (free) to curate their own collections.

Direct to Waywiser 2.0

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.