| by Wendy Shook
The Antique Scientific Instruments Collection captures the history of laboratory science at Middlebury College, from the early 19th to the early 20th century. Beautiful examples of workmanship, these pieces are still used in classes, both in labs and increasingly in humanities courses. They represent a bridge between science and humanities, linking the nineteenth century’s rapid rise of scientific inquiry and understanding with the evolving esthetics, innovations, and philosophical trends of the time.
For many years, the Antique Instrument Collection was hidden in a storage room, then a study room. Now it has moved to the main floor of Armstrong Library, in MBH204, where it can be easily viewed and enjoyed.
Questions about the Antique Scientific Instrument Collection should be directed to Wendy Shook, Science Data Librarian.