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NIST Digital Archives

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The NIST Digital Archives (NDA) include collections of images and publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its predecessor, the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). NIST is a non-regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. These collections continue to grow as more images and full-text publications are digitized.

 

Featured Collection

Building and Fire Research Photographic Collection

Materials in this collection are from the Fire Research Photograph Collection, and the Structural Testing Photograph Collection. Due to the soaring volume of testing in 1909, the equipment and staff of the structural materials laboratories of the Geological Survey were transferred to the Bureau of Standards on July 1, 1910. Well before this augmentation of the Bureau, its test program had already crowded into the last of the laboratories available at the Bureau.
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NDA Collections News

Over the past year we have added over 50 more photographic collections to this archive. These are a treasure trove of information, documenting research facilities and activities at NIST's former downtown Washington, D.C. campus, (e.g. the hydraulics laboratory), and the Gaithersburg Campus (e.g. user facilities).

The collections also include a precursor to the Apple Watch in NBS' work on miniature radios and a wrist watch style radio from the 1940s. Along the same vein of "serious fun" the collection related to NBS Director Lyman Briggs' research on baseballs is also available to view as part of the Historic Photographs Collection.

Watch this space for more additions to the archives.

Updated October 2014

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