Publications

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

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.

“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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

“Duke Ellington: The Smithsonian Will Preserve and Perpetuate Duke Ellington's Legacy,” Jazz Educators Journal 22, no. 1 (January 1990), 24–27.

Describes the scope of the huge Duke Ellington Collection acquired by the NMAH in 1988, and the Museum’s plans to catalog it and present it to the public.

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.

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.

Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington; The Best of Ellington from Victor, Bluebird, and RCA, 1927–1967, (producer and annotator). Two compact discs (or cassettes) with 28-page booklet. Washington: Smithsonian Collection of Recordings; New York: BMG Records, 1994.

An anthology of the best Ellington recordings, from his Cotton Club years (Black and Tan Fantasie, Mood Indigo, and his early-1940s recordings (Ko-Ko, Concerto for Cootie), to his late-career recordings (Far East Suite, Concert of Sacred Music).

“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.

“Ellington at 100: Genius Beyond Category,” Jazz Educators Journal, March 1999, pp. 32–37, 39–40.

Discusses the genius of Ellington, his increasing recognition by colleges and concert halls, and the Smithsonian’s extensive set of initiatives to interpret his legacy, including exhibitions, fellowships, performance programs, publications, and radio broadcasts.

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.

The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (producer and annotator). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Collection of Recordings; Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society; London, England: BBC Records, 1988. Four 12" LPs, boxed, with a 64-page book, bibliog., discog., filmog., illus. Also issued on cassette and CD.

Spanning 60 years of recordings, from 1927–1987, this anthology presents 57 classic recordings of songs composed by Hoagy Carmichael, including Stardust, Skylark, Lazy River, Georgia On My Mind, and Rockin’ Chair, as recorded by Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Carmichael himself, and others.

“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.

“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.

Teacher’s Guide to Jazz: The First Century. Alexandria, Va.: The author, 2000. 64 pp., bibliog.

A guide for college professors to Jazz: The First Century, featuring 500 discussion and test questions (and answers); and chapter-by-chapter recommendations for further reading.

“Introduction” to The Stardust Road; Sometimes I Wonder: The Autobiographies of Hoagy Carmichael. New York: Da Capo Press, 1999, pp. v–xvii.

Presents a concise biography of Carmichael, provides the background for his two memoirs, and assesses his talents and contributions to American culture. With a select discography.

Ragtime: Its History, Composers, and Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1985; London: Macmillan, 1985 and 1986. Cloth and paper ed.s, x + 400 pp., bibliog., discog., illus., music, photos, tables.

An overview of ragtime, with chapters covering the history (e.g., jazz and classical music), leading figures (Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton), and its music.

“Machines for Better Bodies: The Cultural History of Exercise Machines, 1830-1950," Ph.D. diss. University of Maryland, 2001, 474 pp.

The first history of a quotidian device in America's quest for perfect bodies.

“The People’s Museum: George Brown Goode’s Collection of Sporting Goods for the Smithsonian Institution in Victorian America.” The Historian, 64:2 (Winter 2002), pp. 396–315.

Examines the history of the sports collection and its changing meanings to the collectors.

Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers. London: Scala Press, 2004.

An exhibition catalog about the athletes that have had significant impact on America.

“The Unstifled Muse: The 'All in the Family' Exhibit and Popular Culture at the National Museum of American History,” in Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian. Amy Henderson and Adrienne L. Kaeppler, eds. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp. 156–175.

Explores the history of popular culture at the Smithsonian and reactions of the visitors and the museum staff.

Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition on American History & Culture with Lonnie Bunch, Steven Lubar, and Jeff Brodie. Tokyo: American Festival, 1994. 250 pp.

Catalog of an encompasing exhibition done for a non-American audience.

“John L. Sullivan”. Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, New York: Scribner/Gale, 2001.
The Material Culture of Sport, Proceedings of the Tenth Yale-Smithsonian Seminar on Material Culture, 1997. Smithsonian Press.

Collection of essays on material aspects of sports.

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