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It’s been a long time coming. But, you know how the saying goes—good things come to those who wait.

The American Ceramic Society is excited to announce that the entire library of past ACerS Bulletin issues—97 volumes, dating all the way back to 1922—is now available online in a fully searchable and downloadable Bulletin Archive Online digital database.

The ACerS Bulletin—the official membership magazine of The American Ceramic Society—highlights the industry’s latest news and trends, with brief research updates, captivating feature articles, in-depth industry news, and more.

And with more than 8,300 technical articles, the Bulletin Archive Online is a vast resource for all things ceramic and glass, from slip casting to sanitaryware to superconductors—no matter what your interest in ceramics and glass, there’s something in the archive for you. Articles cover topics related to the science, theory, process, and manufacturing of ceramic and glass materials, which have evolved considerably throughout this rich history.

So digging into the more than 1,100 issues in this online archive is like entering into a time capsule—past Bulletins encapsulate an entire history of the Society, along with development of the ceramic and glass industry in America and beyond.

In the archive, you can search for a particular article, topic, or author of interest, or you can browse articles in individual issues that are broken down by decade. Even a quick overview of these decades provides a snapshot of how the industry evolved with the changing times.

For example, topics like clay, brick, efflorescence, and porcelain insulators are predominant in the first issues of the Bulletin in the 1920s, when the industry was just establishing itself. In the 1930s, the focus turned to manufacturing, while the electronics era began in the 1940s.

New tools to measure material properties emerged in the 1950s, opening up vast new areas for research and characterization. And then, in the 1960s, science-driven discovery brought new research findings on structure models, kinetics, carbides, nitrides, and bioglass.

Characterization inspired new applications to emerge in the 1970s, while Space Age ceramics dominated the 1980s. Environmental influences shaped the 1990s, and nanotechnology arrived in the 2000s. Now, in the 2010s, research continues to push boundaries in new directions with advances in additive manufacturing, modeling, simulation, biomaterials, engineered refractories, and beyond.

Flipping through the 100,000+ pages of digital content in the archive lets you explore the state of affairs and state of the art in the ceramic and glass industry throughout the years. It’s even interesting to see how advertisements have changed over time. Want ads, such as this one from 1955, assumed an all-male profession. Today, just under half our profession is women. Also in this ad, we see that some companies, such as Harrop and Monofrax, have been steady members of our community for a long time.

So step back in time with the Bulletin Archive Online—we invite you to explore this informational and historical archive of valuable content.

The Bulletin Archive Online is now available to ACerS members. Not a member? Access to the new digital archive is one of many good reasons to join us today

(Updated ad image 26 Jan 2018)