200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 26: “Academy Hosts Founding of Important Science Association ”

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portraits of some of the founders of the AAAS
Some of the founding members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: (clockwise from top) Joseph Henry, Benjamin Silliman, Jr., Louis Agassiz, James Dwight Dana, William Redfield, and Joseph Leidy. The portraits for Agassiz, Dana, and Leidy are from the Ewell Sale Stewart Library & Archives (Coll. 9 and 457). The others are from the Library of Congress.

Academy Hosts Founding of Important Science Association

On September 20, 1848, 87 distinguished members of the American scientific community and the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists gathered at Broad and Sansom streets, where the Academy was located from 1840–1876. They came together to establish the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Held in the institution's library, this meeting marked an important turning point in the formation of the American scientific community, bringing cohesion to a world of scattered scientists. Over the years, the association has grown to include some 138,000 members worldwide.

Exciting things are still happening in our Ewell Sale Stewart Library & Archives, located within our current building at 19th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Library is internationally recognized for its extraordinarily rare and historic books, journals, art, artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, and the unique papers and research of Academy members and staff. It is open to visitors by appointment and offers a daily public showing of John James Audubon's masterwork The Birds of America

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