Anyone in the D.C. area should stop by the Arlington library book sale (open through Sunday). I just picked up:
- The Economy of British America, 1607-1789, by John McCusker and Russell Menard.
- Science in the Federal Government: A History of Policies and Activities to 1940, by A. Hunter Dupree
- The Patomac Route to the West, by Corra Bacon-Foster
I had a bigger stack, but I really don't need to be buying books I don't have any time to read right now.
The Dupree book was commissioned by the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1957 as a project to take stock of the history of science policy in the United States. So it's very much a volume of introspection at the inauguration of this new period in the history of American science. The Potomac book is just a collection of soure material from the Ohio Company and the Patowmack Company. You can find this stuff scattered around, but usually the material you always see is too or from Washington (and always selectively from that material). This looks like much more, and it reviews a broader period of the companies' histories.