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David J. Rhees, Chapel Hill - 1979
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Manuscript Sources

Science Service, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Corporate Records.

Smithsonian Archives, Washington, D.C.

Science Service Records.

Primary Published Sources - Books

Caldwell, Otis W., and Slosson, Edwin E., eds. Science Remaking the World. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1924.

Davis, Watson. The Advance of Science. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1934.

Gruenberg, Benjamin. Science and the Public Mind. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1935.

Krutch, Joseph W. The Modern Temper. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1929.

Lippman, Walter. Drift and Mastery. Mitchell Kennerly, 1914; reprint ed., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1961.

McCabe, Charles R., ed. Damned Old Crank, A Self-Portrait of E. W. Scripps. New York: Harper and Bros., Publishers, 1924.

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Creative Chemistry. 1919; new ed., rev. And enl. by Harrison E. Howe, New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1930.

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