Publications

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

“The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.,” in Peter Neill (ed.), Great Maritime Museums of the World. New York: Harry Abrams and Balsam Press, 1991. pp. 278–89

An overview of the 19th century origins of the Smithsonian’s maritime collections and a discussion of its highlights.

"Escape by Water: The Smithsonian Institution’s Ship Plans Catalogs," Seaways IV.3 (May/June 1993) 32–35. Reprinted in Messing About in Boats 11.18 (1 Feb. 1994) 6–8.

Description of the Smithsonian’s three ship plans catalogs.

“Preliminary Report on the 1998 Excavations of the 1824 Wreck of the Royal Hawaiian Yacht Ha‘aheo o Hawaii (ex-Cleopatra’s Barge)," in A.A. Askins and M.W. Russell (eds.), Underwater Archaeology 1999. Tucson: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1999. 107–114.

Highlights of the 1998 shipwreck excavation season.

"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.
"Treasure Salvage, Archaeological Ethics and Maritime Museums," International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 22.1 (1993) 53–60. Reprinted in Prott et al., Background Materials on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris: UNESCO, 2000) 393–401.

A discussion of the ethics of collecting artifacts from shipwrecks.

“SMITHSONIAN World Ocean Report: Underwater Archaeology,” Dive Training 9.6 (June 1999) 92–93.
Proceedings of the Sixteenth Conference on Underwater Archaeology, (ed.). Pleasant Hill, Calif: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1986. SHA Special Publications Series No. 4.

An edited volume of underwater archaeological research (mostly fieldwork).

"Maritime Museum Policy and the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials," Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 16.1 (1992) 15–18.

A discussion of the ethics of collecting artifacts from ship wrecks.

“Gibbs, William Francis,” in Garraty, John A. et al.(eds.), American National Biography. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Vol. 8, pp. 923–925.
Ship and Boat Models in Ancient Greece. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985.

A study of some of the world’s earliest ship models.

"Is it Treasure or a Worthless Piece of Ship?" Historical Archaeology 26.4 (1992) 119–123.

A discussion of the ethics of collecting artifacts from ship wrecks.

The New England Fisheries: A Treasure Greater than Gold. Salem: Peabody Museum, 1984. Received Award of Merit, American Association of Museums 1985 Museum Publications Competition.

An exhibition catalog and historical treatment of early and modern regional fisheries.

"The Duty to Save Sunken Booty," Business and Society Review 73 (1990) 18–21.

The business of treasure hunting.

Steam and the Sea. Salem: Peabody Museum, 1983.

An exhibition catalog and historical treatment of the origins and development of steamships from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

"The Philadelphia Steamboat of 1796," (ed.), Melvin H. Jackson. The American Neptune L.3 (1990) 201–210.

Article about Philadelphian Griffin Greene and a failed steamboat venture; the original materials are in the Smithsonian’s transportation collections.

"Do They Really Pay You To Do That?" Increase & Diffusion: A Smithsonian Web Magazine 1 (September 1996).

A general-interest article on shipwreck archaeology and what is required behind the scenes.

“1997 Excavations of the Royal Hawaiian Yacht Ha‘aheo o Hawaii in Hanalei Bay, Kauai: Preliminary Report,” in Lawrence E. Babits et al. (eds.), Underwater Archaeology 1998. Tucson: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1998. 96–103.

Highlights of the 1997 shipwreck excavation season.

"Knowledge: The Real Treasure," Sea History 51 (Autumn 1989) 6–7.

An article on the subject of treasure hunting vs. archaeology.

"Hanalei Redux" Increase & Diffusion: A Smithsonian Web Magazine 3 (March 1997).

A general-interest article on shipwreck archaeology and what is required behind the scenes.

"Preliminary Report on the 1996 Excavations of the Wreck of Ha’aheo o Hawaii (ex-Cleopatra’s Barge) in Hanalei Bay, Kauai," in Denise C. Lakey (ed.), Underwater Archaeology 1997. Tucson: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1997. 113–120.

Highlights of the 1996 shipwreck excavation season.

“The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.,” in Peter Neill (ed.), Great Maritime Museums of the World. New York: Harry Abrams and Balsam Press, 1991. pp. 278–289

An overview of the 19th century origins of the Smithsonian’s maritime collections and a discussion of its highlights.

"Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea: Archaeology and the Council of American Maritime Museums," in J. Barto Arnold III (ed.), Underwater Archaeology Proceedings from the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. Pleasant Hill, Calif.: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1989. pp. 149–150.

Museum ethics and policies regarding submerged cultural heritage.

"Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History." with Steven Lubar. Artifact & Analysis: A Teacher’s Guide to Interpreting Objects and Writing History. Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and the National Museum of American History, 2001.

Discusses the value of artifacts in studying the past, and presents five ways to think about artifacts in history. Part of a teacher's guide developed for Advanced Placement Program U.S. History courses.

Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian with Steven Lubar. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

Explores changing ideas about what is worth saving from the American past through an illustrated history of the National Museum of American History's collections, featuring over 250 objects.

Smithsonian Treasures of American History. New York: Collins, 2006.

Companion book to the Treasures of American History exhibition, featuring more than 150 objects from the NMAH collections.

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