Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - History - 177 pages

This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She focuses on the OSS unit supplying copy for the US government's wartime program to reprint current German scientific journals. She describes as well the methods used by the OSS to spirit individual journal issues from inside the Reich to microfilm squads on Germany's periphery, and gives special attention to the Allied quest for information about the mythical German atomic bomb. Richards also describes the supply system set up by the Nazi government, and how its increasing desperation for Allied scientific news led in the last year of the war to a submarine landing of Abwehr agents on the U.S. coast to microfilm periodicals at the New York Public Library. The final chapter of her book looks at how the wartime experience with scientific information influenced postwar patterns of scientific documentation and librarianship in each country.

 

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Contents

The Internationalization of Science and Scientific Information in the Twentieth Century
1
National Government Support for Scientific Information in Great Britain and the United States before World War II
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National Government Support for Scientific Information in Germany before World War II
43
The Allied Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information
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Germanys Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information
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Postwar Consequences
125
List of Journals Available in Reprint from the Office of Alien Property Custodian
139
Title Page Prefatory Material and First Contents Page of the First Issue of the Referatenblatt Issued Collaboratively by the Information Centers of the ...
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References
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Index
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About the author (1994)

PAMELA SPENCE RICHARDS is Professor of Library and Information Studies at Rutgers University. The author of four books, she has had many articles published in German and English journals and has lectured widely in both countries.

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