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History of Science, Technology, & Medicine

Interdisciplinary topics

Multidisciplinary collections

Sample Collections in the Bancroft Library


Provides a fairly complete history of this innovative museum from its founding in 1969 through the present. The records reflect the central role founder Dr. Frank Oppenheimer played in developing the Exploratorium and sustaining it until his death in 1985. The collection includes Oppenheimer's correspondence and writings related to the museum, board of director minutes, exhibit development materials, publicity, grant proposals, reports and chronological files, records of subsequent directors, notably Goery Delacote, as well as departmental records documenting the evolution of the museum.

BANC MSS 87/148 c