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NIST Digital Archives

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Welcome to the NIST Digital Archives. These Archives showcase digitized and born digital items, including photos from the NIST archives, agency publications, and images of NIST museum artifacts. Founded in 1901, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

These digital archives showcase digitized and born-digital items, including:

Photos from the Archives

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Photo of Wilmer Souder


Featured: Wilmer Souder Notebooks
A collection of nine notebooks of Wilmer Souder, a National Bureau of Standards scientist in the early part of the 20th century. The notebooks are high-level summaries of his forensic science activities including handwriting, typewriting, and bullet analysis.

Agency Publications

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Cover of a volume of the Journal of Research of NIST


Featured: The Journal of Research of NIST
The Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) dates back to 1928 and reports on the agency's research and development in metrology and related fields.

Images of Museum Artifacts

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Wooden Heads - Artifacts within the NIST Museum


NIST Museum Artifacts
This collection of museum artifact images includes some of the scientific instruments held by the NIST Museum located on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD.

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