Recently Processed: Knight Science Journalism Program records (AC 552)

Over the summer, the IASC received a new accession of materials from the Knight Science Journalism Program. This program was originally founded in 1983 as the Vannevar Bush Fellowship Program in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology. It was created for mid-career journalists in all media reporting in the areas of science, technology, medicine, and the environment. Fellows spend an academic year at MIT to improve their personal understanding of science research. The broader goal of the program is to improve public understanding of science .

Larry Gonick caricature of Victor McElheny as a knight

Larry Gonick caricature of Program Director Victor McElheny as a knight.

While the Archives had previously received 2 cubic feet of material, it had only been described in aggregate. Materials in the collection are now described at a folder level, and are arranged into four series: Records of the Director, Program Records, Photographs and Drawings, and Scrapbooks.

Materials in the collection include correspondence, writings on science reporting, promotional materials, course materials, evaluations, publications, photographs, and scrapbooks. They were created between 1965 and 2014, with the bulk of the material dating between 1983 and 2012. Much of the material documents the founding and funding of the fellowship program. Materials related to fundraising are restricted for 75 years by Institute policy.

One fun find in the collection was a signed photograph of Ethel Merman filed away in a folder of correspondence.

Signed photograph of Ethel Merman filed amongst correspondence.

Signed photograph of Ethel Merman filed amongst correspondence.

– Chris Tanguay

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