In 2005, SPIE celebrated 50 years of activity. For this occasion, a myriad of articles were written about the Society's formation, its early years of activity, and beyond into present day SPIE. Here are the collected articles written about the history of SPIE.
This history of the Society's early years was put to paper by Robert L. Woltz for the SPIE Journal in 1967. Woltz, SPIE President 1958-59, was a founding member and instrumental to the beginnings of the Society.