Science History Institute, Othmer Library
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Documents from the Othmer Library, Science History Institute
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About the Othmer Library, Science History Institute
The Science History Institute's Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials relating to the history of science, technology, and medicine with an emphasis on chemical and material sciences and technologies from ancient to modern times. The Othmer Library was founded in 1988 when Dr. and Mrs. Othmer announced their challenge grant to be given for the creation of a library which would work to preserve the history of the chemical sciences. The Othmer Library now houses approximately 160,000 print and microform volumes, rare books & manuscripts, significant archival materials, and historical photographs of great value to researchers and our cultural heritage. Together these collections form an unrivaled resource for the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries.
OPenn includes some of the items from the Othmer Library. For more information on all of the special collections available at the Othmer Library see:
Image standards and specifications
Images from the Othmer Library were shot and processed by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image. In general, The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image follows the NISO standards as articulated in A Framework for Building Good Digital Collections, 3rd Edition:
The following represents specific standards adopted by SCETI in their capture of digital images.
- Archival Masters: 600 ppi 24-bit raw TIFF image, 600 ppi 24-bit LZW color image
- "Golden Thread" color target is used for every exposure. Target also includes interference pattern and inch/centimeter markings. Target is also used to check focus.
Imaging and processing equipment
- Cameras: Two auto-focus, 39 megapixel, Phase One P45 digital cameras.
- Lenses: Schneider Kreuznach lenses
- Software: Phase One Capture One Pro; Photoshop CS3
Master images are captured at a resolution of at least 600 pixels per inch of the image subject. Once all of the images for a manuscript have been captured they are color-corrected, deskewed, and cropped.
The documents on OPenn
Othmer MS 1:
Recipes and extracts on alchemy, medicine, metal-working, cosmetics, veterinary science, agriculture, wine-making, and other subjects
(Bergamo?, Milan?, Pavia?, Como?, Northwestern Italy)
Othmer MS 2:
Othmer MS 3:
Pretiosa margarita novella
Othmer MS 4:
Ars brevis; Ars abbreviata praedicanda
Othmer MS 5:
Othmer MS 6:
(Northern Italy? Germany?)
Othmer MS 7:
Liber de secretis naturae seu de quinta essentia
Othmer MS 8:
Opera, including Lucidarium artis transmutationis metallorum; extracts from the Sommeta and Violetta; and Epistola
Othmer MS 9:
Le petit rosaire; Extract on Alchemy from the Roman de la Rose