Publications

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

“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.

“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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

"Addressing External Change for Internal Transformation: Strategy and Practice," in Joanne S. Hirsch and Lois H. Silverman., eds. Transforming Practice (2002): 50–54.

An introduction to articles on museum practice selected from the Journal of Museum Education.

"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.

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