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PROJECT OVERVIEW

Fuel Cells:
Collecting History with the World Wide Web

HERE IS YOUR CHANCE to help the Smithsonian make history!

On this website, we hope to use the Internet to gather – as well as present – history. With your help, we want to explore the history of fuel cells, especially developments of the past 40 years.

Anyone involved with fuel cell technology can participate. We are seeking information from a broad range of people, including inventors, researchers, manufacturers, electricians, marketers, and users.

Brief, illustrated essays outline different types of fuel cells, their applications and recent history, and help show what we are after. Please read any or all of these essays, and then, most importantly, answer the questions on the Collecting History questionnaire accessible via the link near the top of each essay page.

Your participation will help us better understand the history of this important technology. And if you have pertinent documents, photographs, objects, or other historical materials, you may be able to help us build a more complete collection to pass on to future generations.

The National Museum of American History (NMAH), in association with several universities and professional institutes, is gathering material on the interaction of technology and society. At NMAH, we are studying the development of fuel cells and energy-efficient electric lighting. Other participants are studying other aspects of the history of science and technology; you can link to their sites from the Credits section of this site. The overall project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and seeks to provide data on how the Internet can contribute to historical scholarship.

If you have any questions about the project please send an e-mail to the box below or send a letter to:

Fuel Cell History Project
National Museum of American History
Room 5128, MRC631
Washington, DC 20013-7012

E-Mail: Fuel Cell History Project

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