The Michigan Tech Inventory of Historic Scientific Instruments (IHSI) is a collaboration between professors Steve Walton (Social Sciences) and Andrew Fiss (Humanities). The goal of the project is to catalogue and document all the historic instruments in all departments across campus. The initial website was developed between February and April 2017.

As a service to our users, this is also a place that we have uploaded a full table of contents for Rittenhouse, the Journal of the American scientific instrument enterprise, which ran in 70 issues from 1989–2003.  We do not post any of the articlse, and the journal is only avaiable as far as we know in paper form and in a limited number of libraries, but we hope that this will let people find these important but less-than-visible articles.

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