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.

Ship Plans

Vineyard Sound Boat

Vineyard Sound Boat
Detail of Ship Plan ASSC-62

Division of Work and Industry: Collections

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.


Project Associate, American Food History Project

Greg Kenyon

Project Assistant

Kaili Lockbeam

Collections Management Assistant

Cassie Mancer

Project Assistant

Mark Mullen

Project Assistant

James Smailes

Ship Plans Manager
Acting Chair and Curator
Collections Manager
Deputy Chair and Curator
Associate Curator