History of Science and Technology Resources

Database Machine Drawings

Database Machine Drawings (DMD) was developed by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and makes available more then 1600 high quality digital images of Medieval and Renaissance (1235-1650) mechanical drawings. Users can make use of either simple or advanced search parameters for finding images, and the metadata is extremely thorough from image to image.

Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Epact is an electronic catalogue of medieval and renaissance scientific instruments from four European museums: the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford; the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence; the British Museum, London; and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden. It consists of a browsable and searchable digital catalogue with 520 objects ranging from astrolabes to nocturnals to surveying instruments. And while the catalogue entries are of principle interest, the site includes valuable accessory information such as a glossary and maker biographies. Images are of consistently good quality.

Google Patents

Google, in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, makes available for full-text searching approximately 7 million patents and 1 million patent applications. Patents are available to view in their original form, which can also be downloaded in PDF format, and many patents include accompanying documentary drawings. Users can search for patents using keywords or advanced options. Thanks to Tom in the library for finding this.

Images from the History of Medicine

Images from the History of Medicine provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic arts illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine from the 15th to 21st century. The collection uses the Luna interface to browse, search, and download images, which are of excellent quality and which have excellent metadata.

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