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History Committee Report- July 2007
John Hare, Chair

I.           Function of the Committee:
The History Committee and the Historian have traditionally solicited and maintained materials relevant to the history of ISPE/IPS.  This compilation is known as the IPS Archives.

II.          Accomplishments of the Committee:
Early on, Paul Engle, the first Historian of IPS, compiled an archive of the Organization.  The Archives have been utilized by several researchers to compile particular histories of the planetarium profession.

III.        Future Goals of the Committee:
To continue digitizing a wealth of photographic information that has been accumulated in the IPS Archives.  Along with this task is the task of identifying persons and events contained in the images.

IV.        Budget Requirements:
No budget requirements exist at this point.

V.            Committee Members (include name, affiliation, addresses/contact info): 
IPS Historian is John Hare <johnhare@earthlink.net>.  Hare has been Historian since taking over the position from the original Historian, Paul Engle.  Committee members, in what is a very loosely structured committee, include Norm Sperling, Don Knapp, Loris Ramponi, Dennis Simopoulos, and Steve Craig. 

VI.            Comments:
Scanning of slides and other printed materials continued this past year.  I had, and continue to have, access to a Nikon Coolscan 5000 slide scanner.  The scanner will be available to me for another three months.  Scanning will continue until all of the slides are scanned (or three months has elapsed).  Currently there are 1862 scanned slides with an estimated 2000 additional to be scanned. 

Labels are being applied gradually using the iView software that was purchased last year using IPS funds.

Before next summer’s IPS conference I want to distribute images via DVD to selected IPS members who could be of assistance to identify events and names.

The printed materials section of the IPS Archives was further organized this past spring.  I integrated my personal collection of Regional newsletters and conference materials, with existing files.  The result is that there is now an extensive catalog of Regional materials.  There are newsletters and journals from all seven US Regionals, some nearly complete and scattered documents from APLF, BAP, and JPS.

Another document of note was added to the Archives.  "Voyaging Among Stars”, an autobiographical compendium by Von Del Chamberlain, was donated by the author.  The book contains 577 pages with almost 100 pages devoted directly to planetariums.  There are scattered references throughout other chapters that note events of historical interest to IPS.  At one point Chamberlain chronicles the origin of the "IPS Bird”.  It was given to him in Borlange by the director of the Moscow Planetarium who told him to blow into it every day between then and the 1992 IPS Conference that Chamberlain hosted.  He thought it was appropriate that it be passed on to future hosts and thus gave it to Mike Hutton, and a tradition was born.  I will pursue obtaining a digital copy since scanning such a lengthy document would be difficult at best.

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