Publications

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

“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.

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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"The Pharmacy Collections" with Diane L. Wendt. Caduceus. (Winter 1997, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp.33–42).

A brief history of the pharmacy collections at the Smithsonian Institution.

"The Portable Press and Field Printing During the American Civil War" in Printing History (July 2012)

This article discusses the invention, use, and short-lived importance of the American Civil War portable printing press to the armies and navies of the Union and Confederate forces.

On the Water: Engaging the Public in America's Maritime Past . . . and Present," Defense Transportation Journal, Dec. 2005, pp. 9-13.
“Boat Models, Buoys and Board Games: Reflecting and Reliving Watermen’s Work.” Special maritime issue of the Material History Review Vol. 48 (Fall 1998), pp. 89–100.
The Workboats of Smith Island. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Working the Water: The Commercial Fisheries of Maryland's Patuxent River, volume editor and chapter author. (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1988).
“To the Bay in Boats,” Defense Transportation Journal, Dec. 2005, pp. 9-13.
"Beyond the Boat: Documenting the Cultural Context," with David A. Taylor. In Boats—A Manual for Their Documentation. (Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History and the Museum Small Craft Association, 1994), 337–356.
"An Enduring Legacy," Nautical Research Journal 42.2 (June 1997) 111.
The Maritime Administration Collection of Ship Plans (1939–1970) with Paula J. Johnson (eds.) Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

A catalog of Smithsonian ship plans available to the public.

“A Million Pounds of Sandalwood: The History of Cleopatra’s Barge in Hawaii” The American Neptune 63.1 (Winter 2002) 5-45.

The history of America’s first ocean-going yacht from 1820–1824, after it was purchased by Hawaiian King Kamehameha II and used as his royal yacht.

"Titanic Ethics," Museum News 76.3 (May/June 1997) 7.
“The End of the Age of Sail: Merchant Shipping in the Nineteenth Century,” in George F. Bass (ed.), Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas. London: Thames and Hudson, 1988. Chapter 12: pp. 231–50.

An historical and archaeological synthesis, with an emphasis on the knowledge gained from period shipwrecks.

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