Project Proposal: The Thordarson Collection and the University Community
Question 1: For which campus communities did the university library purchase the Thordarson Collection?
Question 2: How has the Thordarson Collection benefited the History of Science program at UW-Madison?
To answer Question 1 I will need to find correspondence, meeting minutes, and other records that discuss purchasing the collection. I will visit the University Archives tomorrow to see what records I will be able to examine. The History of Science department also has various files about the department that might talk about purchasing the collection. There are articles that were published about the collection purchase in The Daily Cardinal and the U. W. Library News.
To answer Question 2 I will need a list of the volumes in the Thordarson collection and then will compare sources cited in the PhD dissertation in History of Science to see if they used the collection. I should be able to obtain a list of the volumes in the Thordarson collection. A list of the PhD dissertation in History of Science should be available from the History of Science department. From the list of dissertations, I will need to probably decide on a subset to compare their sources with items within the Thordarson collection. In addition to the sources directly related to my questions, I hope to talk with the former History of Science departmental bibliographer about the Thordarson collection and its role in the Department.