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Division of Work and Industry
The Division of Work and Industry collects artifacts, documents, photographs, and oral histories relating to work and industry in America. The division’s collections, exhibitions, public programs, research, and writing put America’s agricultural, economic, engineering, industrial, and transportation heritage into historical context, exploring its role in society and culture and its impact on the lives of diverse people. The division's main areas of research, collection, exhibition, and public programming are agriculture, natural resources, timekeeping, retail, mining, engineering, industry, electricity, telephone, telegraph and transportation. For areas of specialization, please see the staff listing below, and the collections link.
The division’s agriculture and natural resources collections focus on agricultural machinery and farm life; food processing technology and food packaging; mining (especially coal mining - archival and photographic collections); fisheries, including whaling; and miscellaneous industrial machinery and products, including buttons, shoes, and brass working.