COVID-19 Web Archive Project


This initiative seeks to gather and evaluate web content that documents the lived experience of Philadelphia communities during the pandemic.

Oral History Training Institute

Monday, August 17–Thursday, August 20

This online workshop provides training to scholars and researchers interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies.

Science History Institute Welcomes New Fellows


Our fellows come from around the world to study a vast range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Activities and Resources


Our doors may be temporarily closed but our free content is always available, including digital collections; Distillations articles, podcasts, and videos; virtual exhibitions; role-playing games; historical biographies; and more.

The Sun Queen and the Skeptic

Building the World’s First Solar Houses

In the mid-20th century, colleagues-turned-rivals Maria Telkes and Hoyt Hottel engineered new ways of heating American homes.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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