Essay on the experience and utility of recording operating machinery and employee interviews for documenting technical, nonverbal thinking.
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Highlights booklet containing photos and descriptions of twenty of the most interesting clocks in the collections of the Smithsonian.
Article about the period between 1839 and 1865, when the observatory provided the U.S. federal government with observations for determining basic latitudes and longitudes and offered the local community a time service.
History of the earliest quartz watches made in Switzerland, Japan and the United States. The full text of this article has been posted on the Web site of the IEEE’s UFFC Society.
Research note describing records at the U.S. National Archives rich in information about the use of instruments during the mid 19th-century.
Essay on the history of collecting and exhibiting timepieces at the Smithsonian Institution.
Describes the 19th-century phenomenon of very large clocks depicting scenes from American history, with special emphasis on one in NMAH’s collections.
Describes the use of the telegraph and development of special technologies for sending time signals for commercial, industrial and community purposes.
Outlines the interlocking interests of a Boston watch and clock firm with the Harvard College Observatory in the mid-19th century.
Describes the growth of a time service and a standard time for New England in the mid-19th century in response to the needs of regional railroads and the availability of reliable time from the Harvard College Observatory.
Describes office furnishings and machines developed in response to the growing needs of an expanding federal bureaucracy.
Survey of historically significant typewriters and calculators in Smithsonian collections for a German audience.
Brief survey of time signals distributed by telegraph, with special emphasis on the Harvard College Observatory.
Booklet that accompanied a temporary NMAH exhibition of the same name.
Essay on the relationship of object and archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution, with special emphasis on recent collecting.
Essay on the battles involved in presenting the history of science in an exhibition at the National Museum of American History during the “culture wars.”
Book that accompanies the NMAH exhibition of the same title.
Web site article exploring the shift from pocket watches to wristwatches in the early 20th century, and the subsequent shift to electronic timekeeping in the 1970s.
Key themes and objects in NMAH exhibition Science in American Life for a German audience.
A history of society's changing perceptions, values, actions, and laws pertaining to wetland environments in the United States.
Discusses how and why environmental history should be integrated into exhibitions developed at both cultural and scientific institutions. The essay is a revised version of the author’s presidential address before the American Society for Environmental History.
A historical overview of the patterns of collaboration among investigators in different fields of science and how federal science policy has attempted to account for those changes.
A collection of essays providing a spectrum of historical perspectives on how, when, or why individuals, societies, governments, and industries have made choices regarding the use of technologies. The essays offer historical accounts, some recent and some from several centuries ago, of the invention, dissemination, adoption, or rejection of technologies that range in complexity from electrical plugs to nuclear power plants.