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History Publications

This page provides links to the official NBS/NIST history books: Measures for Progress, A Unique Institution, and Responding to National Needs. It also includes links to articles relating to NBS/NIST history that were published in the Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other publications.

Official NIST Histories

Measures for Progress: A History of the National Bureau of Standards. (1966)

A Unique Institution: The National Bureau of Standards, 1950-1969.  (1999)

Responding to National Needs: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993. (2000)

 

Journal of Research of NIST

A Tale About the First Weights and Measures Intercomparison in the United States in 1832, p. 31
Albert C. Parr

http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/jres.111.003

 

"A Doubt is at Best an Unsafe Standard": Measuring Sugar in the Early Bureau of Standards, p. 53
David Singerman

http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/jres.112.004

 

WWVB: A Half Century of Delivering Accurate Frequency and Time by Radio
Michael A. Lombardi and Glenn K. Nelson

http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/jres.119.004

 

The NIST Length Scale Interferometer, p. 225
John S. Beers and William B. Penzes

http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/jres.104.017

 

NIST Connections

These articles originally appeared in NIST Connections, the NIST employee newsletter. All of the articles listed here are written by Information Services Office Staff.

Dinner Is on Us: NIST and the Creation of Fiestaware
By Keith Martin, Librarian

The Rediscovery of the NBS Crime Lab Or How an NBS Dental Materials Researcher Became ‘Detective X’

By Kristen Frederick-Frost, Museum Curator

 

By Kristen Frederick-Frost, Museum Curator
 
By Keith Martin, Librarian
 
By Keith Martin, Librarian
 
By Katelynd Bucher, Librarian
Created September 22, 2016, Updated February 22, 2017