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This collection includes history books about of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). The collection includes three books: Measures for Progress, A Unique Institution, and Responding to National Needs. These books cover the history of the agency from its creation in 1901 through 1993, with supplemental information through 2009. These volumes document some of the institution’s major achievements and contributions to the world of science and technology, U.S. industry, and the American economy.

The collection is designed to provide a better understanding of NIST for the community of scientists and engineers that it serves, the general public whose taxes support it, and Government officials who depend on the agency for services, and whose policy actions determine its destiny. The history of NIST also contributes to a better understanding of the extraordinary development of science, technology, and innovation in the 20th century.

Cover image of Measures for Progress

Measures for Progress: A History of the National Bureau of Standards (MP275), by Rexmond C. Cochrane, documents the first 50 years of the National Bureau of Standards. It provides a history of the origins and development of the institution and studies the long-debated role of science in government. The volume was published in 1966.

To download the entire volume, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.MP.275

 

Cover image of A Unique Institution 

A Unique Institution: The National Bureau of Standards, 1950-1969 (SP925), by Elio Passaglia, chronicles the expansion of NBS to Boulder, CO, and the relocation of the main site from downtown Washington, DC to Gaithersburg, MD. NBS encountered tremendous challenges during this period. When faced with extreme outside pressure, its technical integrity remained intact. This volume was published in 1999.

To download the entire volume, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.925

 


Cover image of Responding to National Needs

Responding to National Needs: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993 (SP955), by James F. Schooley, documents the organization’s new assignments and responsibilities - from fire safety to computer security - as directed by Congress during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1988, Congress changed the institution’s name and transformed it into the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Responding to National Needs was published in 2000.

To download the entire volume, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.955

 

 

Note: The appendices of Responding to National Needs were updated in Responding to National Needs: Supplement to the Appendices 1994-2009 (SP955 Suppl.) Additionally, Expanded Index was added to this volume in 2014.

All volumes were published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

 

 
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