Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

“Nuclear Weapons.” In The Oxford Companion to United States History, ed. Paul S. Boyer et al., 562–63. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Overview of U.S. nuclear weapons development from World War II to the present.

"Science and Technology in the Nineteenth Century." In A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History: Supplement IV, ed.Robin Higham and Donald J. Mrozek, 82–117. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1998.

Bibliographical essay focused on recent scholarship on the interaction of science and technology with American military institutions in the 19th century.

“Military Science.” In Cambridge History of Modern Science, vol. 8, Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, ed. David Livingstone and Ronald L. Numbers et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.

Links between military and scientific institutions expanded and intensified during the 19th and 20th centuries.

“The 400–Years War: Conquest and Acculturation in the Military Struggle for North America.” In Coming to the Americas: The Eurasian Military Impact on the Development of North America, ed. John Lynn, 107–35. Wheaton, IL: Cantigny First Division Foundation, 2003.

Until the 19th century, North American Indians successfully confined European settlement to the area east of the Appalachians and south of the Great Plains by adapting European technology and exploiting European enmities.

"Industrial Armies: From Industrial Revolution to World War." Acta of the International Congress of Military History, Rabat (Morocco), August 2004, in press

On the interaction of industrial and military institutions from the 18th century to World War I

West Point in the Making of America. with Margaret Vining. Irvington, N.Y.: Hydra, 2002.

Catalog of the West Point in the Making of America exhibition.

"Military Institutions and the Labor Process: Noneconomic Sources of Technological Change, Women's Subordination, and the Organization of Work." with Sally L. Hacker. Technology and Culture 28 (1987): 743–75.

Society and economy are as much products as causes of military and technological change.

“Fast Attacks and Boomers: A Museum Presentation of Cold War Military History.” World Archaeology Congress, Washington, June 2003.

On the unusual organization of the exhibition team, stressing its efforts to display nuclear submarine development and operations in the context of the Cold War.

World Military History Bibliography: Premodern and Nonwestern Military Institutions and Warfare. History of Warfare, vol. 16. Leiden: Brill, 2003.

Annotated bibliography of works published 1967–97.

“The World of Camp and Train: The Changing Role of Women in Early Modern Armies.” with Margaret Vining. In Sovereign Arms: Armies and Fleets in the World between Lepanto and the French Revolution, 1571–1789, Rome, 2002.

On the necessary and vital roles women served in supporting the activities of early modern armies.

“A Note on Sources: Remarks upon Receiving the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, 18 October 2003.” Technology and Culture 45 (2004): 137–41.

On the author’s intellectual history.

“Western Military Technology and East Asian Modernization in the 19th Century.” In Modernization in China and East Asia, 1850–1950, ed. Edouard Vermeer and Dong Zhenghue, in press.

Adoption of Western weapons played a key role in the modernization of East Asian states.

The Boy and His Press. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American History, 1992.

Amateur and young printers in the 19th century.

Patent Models in the Graphic Arts Collection, (Washington, DC: National Museum of American History, 1997).

Lists Graphic Arts Collection patent models from the following groups: Printing presses and stamps; Press-related apparatus; Compositors' tools; Type; Plate, stone, and block making; Bookbinding; Copying and autographic printing (with stencils and pantographs); Picture framing; Miscellaneous.

“Perishable: Handle with Care.” Museum News. Vol. 56, No. 2, November/December 1977.

An article outlining guidelines for handling historic costumes delivered in a question and answer format. Also includes basics on storage, cleaning, labeling of costume as well as environmental elements.

Costume Display Techniques. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1977.

A book presenting an overview of preparing costumes for display to include selecting costumes for exhibition, conservation and treatment, methods of display, supports for display forms, dressing costumes, environmental conditions in display areas, and costume bibliographies. Includes appendixes and illustrations.

"The Evil of the Misfit Subdivisions: Creating the Permanent System of Highways of the District of Columbia," Washington History 14:1 (spring/summer 2002).

An examination of efforts in the 1880s and 1890s to create a master street plan for those parts of the District of Columbia outside the cities of Washington and Georgetown. The resulting Permanent System of Highways guided the city's growth during the twentieth century.

"Above the Boundary: The Development of Kalorama and Washington Heights, 1872–1900," Washington History 14:2 (fall/winter 2002).

The transformation of Kalorama Heights and Washington Heights from private estates into streets and houses is presented as a case study of the process, pace, and limits of Washington, D.C.'s suburban expansion in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

"A Catalog of Suburban Subdivisions of the District of Columbia, 1854–1902," with Matthew B. Gilmore. Washington History 14:2 (fall/winter 2002).

A catalog covering 176 major subdivisions of land made outside the city of Washington between 1854 and 1902, compiled out of the records of the D.C. Surveyor's Office. The information was gathered to provide modern researchers with a starting point for tracing the origins of District neighborhoods outside Florida Avenue and east of the Anacostia River.

“Launching Jazz Appreciation Month,” Jazz Education Journal, March 2002, pp. 40–42, 44–45.

Explains the origins and purposes of this international celebration, and details the cultural coalition that is supporting it.

“The Duke Ellington Renaissance: A Review of Recent Books, Recordings, and Music Editions,” College Music Symposium 40 (2000), pp. 183–89.

Reviews a spate of important publications on Ellington, whose centennial was celebrated in 1999 and whose vast archives are housed at NMAH.

Jazz: The First Century. With forewords by Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. New York: Wm. Morrow, 2000. 246 pp., bibliog., discog., illus., photos, tables. Chapter 1: “The Emergence of Jazz,” Chapter 3: “The Swing Era,” as well as “Introduction” and twenty-one sidebars.

This book marks the passage of jazz music’s first century by bringing together text by 27 experts with more than 300 images. Authors include David Baker, Bob Blumenthal, James Dapogny, Krin Gabbard, William H. Kenney, Neil Tesser, et al. With seventy concise sidebars on jazz songs, styles, techniques, repertory, landmarks, radio, television, etc., and extensive backmatter.

“All That Jazz,” in James Conaway’s The Smithsonian: 150 Years of Adventure, Discovery, and Wonder, pp. 336–37. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

This essay describes the Smithsonian’s work in jazz, including collections, oral histories, exhibitions, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Big Band Treasures, Live (annotator and assistant producer). Compact disc with 28-page booklet. Washington: Smithsonian Recordings, 1995.

The first commercially-issued recording by this important ensemble, which was established by Congress in 1990. The recorded performances were conducted by David Baker and Gunther Schuller, and feature works by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, and others.

Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington. With a Foreword by Wynton Marsalis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. Paperback ed., with revisions: New York, Da Capo Press, 1995. UK ed., London: Omnibus Press, 1996. 480 pp., appendices, bibliog., discog., filmog., index, notes, photos.

A “career biography” of Ellington, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, based in part upon the vast Duke Ellington archives at NMAH. With chapter-by-chapter sidebar essays on essential recordings. Illustrated with 130 photos.

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