AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Huntington’s book collection, most notable for its British and American history holdings, draws about 1,700 visiting scholars a year. Less well known are its books recording the history of science. But “when you put the two collections together, you probably have one of the great research collections in that field,” said the Huntington’s library director David Zeidberg. The books will travel across the country in six carefully guarded 55-foot tractor trailers, Zeidberg said. At Caltech, there was great excitement about the opportunities for collaboration with the Huntington that the Burndy library would foster. “Caltech has always been looking for a nice connection, and this is going to forge it,” Buchwald said. “We think between the two of us it will make Pasadena the major center for the history of science in the U.S.” Dibner, the collection’s founder, was a Ukrainian emigrant, the youngest of eight children and the only one to attend college. He achieved fame and fortune by inventing the first solderless electrical connector (a new way to join wires). After achieving business success, he developed an interest in Leonardo da Vinci, of whose accomplishments he was skeptical. That skepticism led to the study and eventually the start of his great collection of scientific literature through the ages. Bern Dibner died in 1988, but his family carried on his legacy, first by setting up the Dibner Institute at MIT, and recently by arranging for the gift to the Huntington. “We kind of grew up with it as a special family trust,” said Bern’s grandson Brent Dibner, who in his youth helped out at the library cataloging books, assembling boxes and cleaning. Along with the books, 22,000 of which are rare, the gift includes a collection of scientific instruments and innovations (including some of Thomas Edison’s early lightbulbs) and $11.6 million for conservation, research fellowships and exhibitions. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN MARINO – From papers scrawled in Newton’s own hand to the science books owned by famed microbiologist Louis Pasteur, the Burndy Library is an astounding collection of scientific history. The 67,000 volumes representing science and technology through the ages reside at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Starting this fall, though, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens will be their new home. The Huntington announced Monday that the collection – established more than 60 years ago by businessman and scholar Bern Dibner – was being donated by the Dibner family, a gift that will make Southern California one of the main centers for the study of the history of science in North America. “This \ library’s absolutely fantastic, it’s got amazing things in it,” said Caltech humanities professor Jed Buchwald, also the library’s former director.