Milestones

CINF Historical Information - Milestones

Pre-History within ACS (prior to 1948)

Year Event
1876 American Chemical Society (ACS) founded.
1877 Proceedings of the American Chemical Society started.
1879 Journal of the American Chemical Society started (Hermann Endemann, editor).
1884 ACS Committee on Nomenclature and Notation established.
1893 ACS symposium on "Bibliography", chaired by G. Thoms, presented at the World's Congress of Chemists in Chicago.
1895 Review of American Chemical Research started (Arthur A. Noyes, editor) (became part of the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1897).
1907 Chemical Abstracts started (William A. Noyes, Sr., editor).
1919 First literature-oriented symposium on "Chemical Libraries and Their Problems" presented at the 57th ACS National Meeting in Buffalo.
1937 ACS given the National Charter enacted by the 75th US Congress.
1943 First Group luncheon held at the 106th ACS National Meeting in Pittsburgh (Edward R. Weidlein, guest speaker).
1943 Symposium on "Technical Library Techniques", chaired by Norman C. Hill, presented at the 106th ACS National Meeting in Pittsburgh
1943 Chemical Literature Group (within the ACS Division of Chemical Education) founded.
1943 Paper on "Problems of the Scientific Literature Survey" (G. Egloff, M. Alexander, and P. Van Arsdell) presented at the 105th ACS National Meeting in Detroit

 

Division of Chemical Literature (1948-1975)

Year Event
1948 Division of Chemical Literature founded (Norman C. Hill, acting chairman).
1949 First Divisional symposium on "The University Library as an Aid to Scientific Work", chaired by Norman C. Hill, presented at the 115th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.
1949 First Divisional luncheon held at the 115th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco (G. Malcolm Dyson, guest speaker).
1949 First joint symposium (with Division of Chemical Education) on "Foreign Chemical Literature. Language Instruction", chaired by James W. Perry, presented at the 116th ACS National Meeting in Atlantic City.
1949 Austin M. Patterson Award for documentation of chemistry established by the ACS Dayton Local Section; first recipient, Austin M. Patterson, received the Award at a meeting of the Dayton Local Section.
1950 First elected Divisional chairman: E. J. Crane.
1950 First issue of Divisional bulletin Chemical Literature published (Ben H. Weil, editor).
1951 First ACS Advances in Chemistry Series (No. 4) based on a Divisional symposium on "Searching the Chemical Literature" published.
1953 First technical demonstration of equipment for the preparation, reproduction, and utilization of technical information sponsored at the 124th ACS National Meeting in Chicago (46 companies participated).
1955 First Divisional Regional Meeting organized in Houston on February 25.
1959 10th anniversary of the Division celebrated at the 136th ACS National Meeting in Atlantic City.
1961 First Local (Delaware Valley) Chemical Literature Group formed, cosponsored by the ACS Delaware and Philadelphia Local Sections (Carleton C. Conrad, chairman).
1961 ACS Journal of Chemical Documentation (J. Chem. Doc.) started (Herman Skolnik, editor).
1966 Documentation Abstracts (DA) started (cosponsored with the American Documentation Institute and Special Libraries Association).
1966 Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI) organized (with a CINF representative as a member of the DAI Board of Directors).
1968 First tutorial session on "Wiswesser Line Notation", sponsored by the Division, conducted at the 155th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.
1969 DA changed its name to Information Science Abstracts (ISA).
1973 25th anniversary of the Division celebrated at the 166th ACS National Meeting in Chicago.

 

Division of Chemical Information (1976-1998)

Year Event
1976 First Vendor's Seminar/Workshop, sponsored by the Division and presented by CAS, at the 171st ACS National Meeting in New York.
1976 Herman Skolnik Award established to recognize outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science; first recipient, Herman Skolnik, received the Award at the 171st ACS National Meeting in New York.
1977 Austin M. Patterson Award expanded to honor E. J. Crane and renamed Austin M. Patterson-E. J. Crane Award (cosponsored by the ACS Dayton and Columbus Local Sections; the CINF chairman is a member of the Selection Jury); first recipient of the joint Award, Ben H. Weil, received the Award at a meeting of the Columbus Local Section.
1978 First Tri-Society Symposium on "Future of Chemical Information", cosponsored with the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA), presented in conjunction with the SLA 69th Annual Conference in Kansas City. 1978 Divisional representation on the CHEMTECH Editorial Advisory Board established; first representative: Cynthia H. O'Donohue.
1979 Divisional logo introduced.
1980 Subdivision of Chemistry and the Law formed (Howard M. Peters, chairman).
1982 ACS Outstanding Intermediate Division Performance Award received.
1983 ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law formally founded (Hubert E. Dubb, chairman).
1984 First joint session with the ACS Society Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service conducted at the 188th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.
1984 Symposium on "Chemical Information Science", organized by Herman Skolnik and Kurt L. Loening, presented at the first International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies in Honolulu.
1984 Videotape on Chemical Information produced.
1985 ACS Computer Secretariat formed (CINF was a founding member).
1985 Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Silver Anniversary Issue.
1986 First teaching guide (module) for searching chemical information online produced.
1986 ACS Biotechnology Secretariat formed (CINF was a founding member).
1986 Divisional Newsletter published to provide an additional medium of communication with members (Ann P. Moffett, editor).
1987 First International Conference on Chemical Structures (Wendy A. Warr, chairman) organized at Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands (cosponsored with the UK Chemical Structure Association, the RSC Chemical Information Group, and the GDCh Fachgruppe Chemie-Information).
1987 Clearinghouse for Chemical Information Instructional Materials established (jointly with the Special Libraries Association).
1987 ACS Outstanding Intermediate Division Performance Award received for the second time.
1987 Division's formal Mission Statement published.
1988 Poster "Chemical Information in the Computer Age" created for the Journal of Chemical Education.
1989 Divisional Newsletter in a new format, CINFnews, published (Bonnie Lawlor, editor).
1989 Student Scholarship Award established to recognize chemists pursuing graduate studies in information, library, or computer science, leading to a career in chemical information; first recipient, Joan M. Evans, received the Award at a meeting of the ACS Philadelphia Local Section.
1990 Information Science Abstracts observed its 25th anniversary.
1992 Divisional Meritorious Service Award established to recognize outstanding contributions to the Division; first recipient, W. Val Metanomski, received the Award at the 204th ACS National Meeting in Washington.
1992 Salary Survey: Scientific Information Professionals with a Focus on Chemistry published (Patricia E. O'Neill and Joanne L. Witiak, editors).
1993 50th anniversary of the formation of the Chemical Literature Group in 1943 celebrated at the 206th ACS National Meeting in Chicago.
1994 First National Chemical Information Symposium (NCIS), chaired by Guenter Grethe, organized at the University of Vermont, Burlington.
1996 Divisional Web home page developed (Andrea B. Twiss-Brooks, Webmaster).
1996 Student Scholarship Award renamed as Lucille M. Wert Scholarship Award.
1997 Division recognized as one of the pioneer organizations in information science in the ASIS "Pioneers of Information Science in North America" report (Robert V. Williams, project director).
1997 Division became a cosponsor of the Chemical Information Sources Discussion List (CHMINF-L).
1998 50th anniversary of the formation of the Division in 1948 celebrated at the 216th ACS National Meeting in Boston.

 

 

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