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Engineering in History

This guide provides an assortment of print and electronic materials to get you started in your research of the histories of various engineering disciplines.


Detail view of approach span deck arch at south abutment - Golden Gate Bridge, Spanning mouth of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Photos from Survey HAER CA-31
Historic American Engineering Record, creator.Golden Gate Bridge, Spanning mouth of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA. Documentation compiled after 1968. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The history of engineering is incredibly rich and vast. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive, but a starting point for further research on the history of engineering and some of its most popular disciplines.

Included in this guide are books that focus on a variety of general and subject-specific engineering history. Given the length of time it takes to publish books and the fact that information is constantly evolving, it is important to supplement books with journal articles and other sources as a way to keep up-to-date.

The following materials include links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are included when available. Lists of books are grouped under the following sections:

Additional resources include a selection of engineering databases and external websites.

About the Science Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Science Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of science, medicine and engineering. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of science and engineering  assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of science, medicine, and engineering materials.