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NIST/NBS History

The NIST/NBS history volumes are a 3-volume set that traces the history of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), from its creation in 1901 through 1993. The volumes are available as searchable PDF files in entirety, and as individual chapters below.

Measures for Progress: A History of the National Bureau of Standards (MP275)

A Unique Institution: The National Bureau of Standards, 1950-1969 (SP925)

Responding to National Needs:The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993 (SP955)

Responding to National Needs: Supplement to Appendices 1994-2009 (SP955 Suppl.)

Measures for Progress: A History of the National Bureau of Standards(MP275)

Front Cover
Foreword
Preface
Author's Introduction
Contents
Chapter I. At the Turn of the Century p. 1-48
Chapter II. Founding the National Bureau of Standards (1901-10) p. 49-102
Chapter III. Electricity, Railroads, and Radio (1911-16) p. 103-158
Chapter IV. The War Years (1917-19) p. 159-220
Chapter V. The Tide of Commerce and Industry (1920-30) p. 221-298
Chapter VI. The Time of the Great Depression (1931-40) p. 299-364
Chapter VII. World War II Research (1941-45) p. 365-426
Chapter VIII. The New World of Science (1946-51) p. 427-494
The Crucial Decade--An Envoi p. 495-514
Appendices
Index 

A Unique Institution: The National Bureau of Standards, 1950-1969 (SP925)

Front Cover
Title Page
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Contents
Chapter One: The National Bureau of Standards at Mid-century p. 1-70
Chapter Two: Testing Can Be Troublesome p. 71-136
Chapter Three: Divestiture and Reaffirmation, 1950-1957 p. 137-286
Chapter Four: Reorientation and Reconstitution, 1958-1964 p. 287-452
Chapter Five: Technological Triumph: Social Turmoil, 1964-1969 p. 453 - 600
Appendices
Bibliographic Note and References
Index

Responding to National Needs:The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993 (SP955)

Front Cover
Inside Front Cover
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Contents
Chapter One: A Unique Institution p. 1-150
Chapter Two: Bright Prospects for NBS (August 1969--May 1972) p. 151-322
Chapter Three: A Nation in Trouble; An Agency in Change (May 1972--June 1975) p. 323-440
Chapter Four: A Durable Director (July 1975--March 1989) p. 441 - 612
Chapter Five: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Public Law 100-418, August 23, 1988 p. 613-640
Chapter Six: Metrology Makes Room for Industrial Productivity (February 1990--Aprll 1993) p. 641 - 788
Appendices
Index
Responding to National Needs Expanded Index

Responding to National Needs: Supplement to the Appendices 1994-2009 (SP955 Suppl.)

Foreword
Contents
Appendix A: Legislation Relating to the Organization, Functions, and Activities of the National Institute of Standards and Technology 1993-2009 p. 1-72
Appendix B: Histories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Bureau of Standards p. 73-84
Appendix C: NIST in the Federal Administration p. 86-86
Appendix D: Site Information and Maps: Gaithersburg and Boulder p. 87-90
Appendix E: NIST Staff, 1996-2007 p. 91-94
Appendix F: NIST Postdoctoral Research Associates, 1994-2009 p. 95-118
Appendix G: Scientific Awards Given by the Department of Commerce and NIST to Staff Members, 1994-2009 p. 119 - 128
Appendix H: Members of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology p. 129-132
Appendix I: NIST Actual Obligations, 2000-2009 p. 133-134
Appendix J: NIST Publication Series p. 135-138
Appendix K: Structure and Leadership of NIST p. 139-140

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