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The objectives of the American Association for the Advancement of Science are to further the work of scientists, to facilitate cooperation among them, to foster scientific freedom and responsibility, to improve the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and to increase public understanding and appreciation of the importance and promise of the methods of science in human progress. Cf. Kohlstedt, Sally G. The Formation of the American Scientific Community: The American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1848-1860. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1965, 1976.
OLDER HISTORICAL MATERIALS
Portrait in Oil of William C. Redfield, first president of the AAAS, 1848-49. Painted ca. 1840. Loaned to the AAAS by the Redfield Family. "Record Book of the Names of Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Containing their Signatures to the Rules of the Association at the First Meeting Convened in the City of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 20th, 1848." AAAS Miscellaneous Papers, 1846-1856, with materials to 1870. 1 bound volume. Contains printed circulars, signatures of members in attendance, and minutes of meetings.
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE
The AAAS Office of International Science (OIS) administers programs and activities related to international science and engineering. These include bilateral and multilateral projects and exchanges with scientific and engineering organizations in the U.S. and other countries.
CORPORATE RECORDS OF THE OIS (10 BOXES)
These records were generated by Dave Burns, Program Director (Climate) of the Office of International Science. They were transferred to the AAAS Archives on March 28, 1988 (10 Boxes). Most of the records document the activities of the AAAS COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE. The Committee on Climate organizes meetings of scientists and public officials with the aim of an improved understanding of the impacts of climate change and variability on human affairs, and the resulting public policy implications. Activities include meetings and publications cosponsored under the U.S. National Climate Program, the World Climate Program of the WMO, and the Carbon Dioxide Research Division of the U.S. Department of Energy. Special initiatives include studies of the effect of climatic change and variability on water resources and food production.
Folder headings include: American Geophysical Union, Climate modeling, Climatic history, CO2 and Climate Change, CO2 Newsletter, DOE proposals, Drought, Food & Climate, History of Agriculture, Impacts (5 folders), National Climate Program, NCAR Networkshop, Oceans, Ozone, Paleoclimatology, Water and Climate.
COMMITTEE ON ARID LANDS (COAL), 1976-83, 7 boxes.
COAL coordinates scientific symposia and workshops, sends representatives to national and international conferences, and provides documentation and advice on the status of current research and results from workshops and meetings. See UN Conference on Desertification.
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON DESERTIFICATION, 1977-78, 5 boxes.
These records pertain to an international desertification seminar in Africa held in conjunction with the West African Science Association, the East African Academy, and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment. Finding aid available. See also COAL.