Publications

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

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).

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 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.

“John L. Sullivan”. Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, New York: Scribner/Gale, 2001.
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.

“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 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.

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.

“The National Puppet Collection,” in American Puppetry: Collections, History and Performance. Eds. Phyllis Dircks, Steve Abrams. New York: American Theater Library Association, 2004.

Chapter explains the Museum's collection, its history and rationale.

Patent Models Index: Guide to the Collections of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution – Volume 1, Listings by Patent Number and Invention Name, Number 54 v.1, Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology. Washington, DC:  Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2010.

This two-volume catalog consists of four indexes providing information on more than ten thousand patent models housed throughout the National Museum of American History’s collections. These nineteenth century artifacts are the original models submitted to the United States Patent Office by their inventors.

In Volume 1, the Listing by Patent Number sorts the NMAH patent models chronologically by the issued patent number. The Listing by Invention Name organizes the patent models alphabetically by the name of the invention.

Patent Models Index: Guide to the Collections of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution – Volume 2, Listings by Inventor and Residence of Inventor, Number 54 v.2, Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology. Washington, DC:  Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2010.

This two-volume catalog consists of four indexes providing information on more than ten thousand patent models housed throughout the National Museum of American History’s collections. These nineteenth century artifacts are the original models submitted to the United States Patent Office by their inventors.

In Volume 2, the Listing by Inventor organizes the NMAH patent models alphabetically by the inventor’s last name. The Listing by Residence sorts the patent models by residence of the inventor at the time of patent issue by country, state, and city. The patent number is a unique number that ties all of the indexes together. Issued by the Patent Office at the granting of a patent, the number links the model to its patent specification. The terminology used is consistent with the Subject-Matter Index of Patents for Inventions Issued by the United States Patent Office from 1790 to 1873, compiled by Mortimer D. Leggett, Commissioner of Patents in 1874.

Icons of Invention: American Patent Models. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1990.

An exhibition catalog with staff essays about the American Patent System and the Museum's patent model collection. Color photographs of the models and illustrations from the 19th century are featured.

Technology in Miniature: American Textile Patent Models 1819–1840. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.

This catalog presents a sampling of 19th textile technology by illustrating the earliest models in the Textile Collection. It begins the systematic documentation of the patent model collection.

Smithsonian Institution Library. Sewing Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Institution Collections. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 2001.

Contains, as part of the Guide, an explanation of the Textile Collection of Sewing Machine Trade Literature and a Bibliography on the history and development of the sewing machine. This is a guide to the Museum's Sewing Machine Trade Literature Collections and Website maintained by the Smithsonian Libraries.

"The ABCs of Community Collaboration," Hand to Hand, 11.1 (1996): pp. 1, 7.

Discussion of challenges of creating and sustaining museum-community partnerships.

"PlaySpace: Involving Very Young Children in the Museum Experience," Hand to Hand, 9.1 (1995): pp. 1–2, 6.

Discusses theory and stratgies for creating developmentally appropriate museum experiences for very young children.

"Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other," in Kathleen McLean and Catherine McEver, eds., Are We There Yet? Conversations about Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development (2004): pp. 55–59.

Chapter in a book on best practices in developing science exhibitions; describes one of twelve “noteworthy science exhibitions” selected by museum peers.

"Time to Listen," Curator, 46.4 (2003): pp. 371–384.

Describes the development of the exhibition Invention at Play and raises questions about the exhibition development process.

"Museums and the Aging Revolution," ed. Journal of Museum Education 26.1 (2001).

An edited volume of the Journal of Museum Education devoted to the United States’s growing aging population and the implications for museums.

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