miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is a dynamic destination which celebrates science, invention, and imagination. miSci explores the area's rich technological heritage, with some of the region's finest interactive exhibits and a research archive; a must-see for families, tourists, area residents, and other visitors.
The miSci Archives contains manuscript collections, photographs, trade literature, and other materials relating to the history of General Electric and Schenectady. The Archives was formed in 1997 through the merger of miSci and the Hall of Electrical History and is open to the public Monday through Friday. A highlight of the collection is the General Electric Photograph Collection, a collection of nearly 2 million images that depicts the development of the electrical industry and 20th century American life.
The Archives is more than just photographs. There are manuscript collections highlighting Thomas Edison and the founding and early history of GE. Papers from Gerard Swope and Owen D. Young, President and Chairman of GE from 1922-1939 and 1942-1944, highlight the welfare capitalism of the 1920s. Other collections highlight the GE Research Laboratory and radio station WGY. There are also books and periodicals, including a complete run of the GE Schenectady Works News, the employee newsletter for GE's Schenectady Works, as well as a collection of 1,500 motion picture films created by GE.