Publications

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

<em>Steam and the Sea</em>. 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.

“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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

<em>Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian</em> 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.

<em>Smithsonian Treasures of American History.</em> New York: Collins, 2006.

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

“Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug,” Annals of the History of Computing, 1998. 20: 5–9.
“'Yours for Improvement'—The Adding Machines of Chicago, 1884–1930,” Annals of the History of Computing, 2001, 23: 3–21.
Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000 with Amy Ackerberg-Hastings and David Lindsay Roberts, Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Surveys changes in the material culture of American mathematics teaching.  Tells stories about objects from the blackboard and the textbook to the protractor and the slide rule to the graphing calculator and computer software.

“The Material Culture of Scientific and Technical Information Systems in the United States—Patent Models to Computers,” Proceedings of the 2002 Conference on the History and Heritage of Scientific and Technical Information Systems, eds. Mary Ellen Bowden and W. Boyd Rayward, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2004.
<em>Essential Jazz Editions, Set #3: Music of the 30's, Part I</em> (cellist). The Castle Trio. Smithsonian Collection of Recordings ND 034, 1988.

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #3 includes: From A_Flat to C, John Kirby Sextet; For Dancers Only, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra; Big Jim Blues, Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds of Joyl; Lonesome Road, Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra; and Symphony in Riffs, Benny Carter & His Orchestra.

<em>Essential Jazz Editions, Set #2: Louis Armstrong, 1926–1929</em>

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #2 includes: Cornet Chop Suey, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Hotter Than That, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; West End Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Tight Like This, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five; and Mahogany Hall Stomp, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five.

<em>Essential Jazz Editions: Set #4: Music of the 1930s, Part II</em>

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #4 includes: Avalon, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra; Sweet Sue, Just You, Don Redman & His Orchestra; Swingtime in the Rockies, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; King Porter Stomp, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; and South Rampart Street Parade, Bob Crosby & His Orchestra.

<em>Essential Jazz Editions: Set #1, New Orleans Jazz, 1918–1927</em>

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #1 includes: Black Bottom Stomp, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; The Chant, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; Grandpa's Spells, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger), the Original Dixieland Jazz Band; and Potato Head Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven.

<em>History of Medical Ultrasound</em> CD compiled in 2003 by B. B. Goldberg, P. N. T. Wells, M. Claudon, and R. Kondratas and distributed by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (Laurel, MD).

A selection of key historical papers published in the journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, books, reports, and other journals as well as the lecture presented by R. Kondratas during the 10th Congress of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 2003, Montreal, Canada.

“Prototype Thermal Cycler for PCR, ‘Mr. Cycle’ (1985).” Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, no. 63 (December, 1999): 22.

Short description of the prototype thermal cycler built in 1984–85 by the scientists and engineers at Cetus Corporation (Emeryville, Calif.), where Kary Mullis conceived the idea for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), and Perkin-Elmer Corporation (Norwalk, Conn.). This instrument was collected for the NMAH collections and placed on display in the Science in American Life exhibition.

“Polymerase Chain Reaction.” In Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Bud and Deborah J. Warner, 481–483. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Short history of the concept and the instrument that embodied it.

<em>The History of Pharmacy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography</em>, associate editor. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995. Section on “Equipment and Museology,” 254–285.

114 annotated bibliographic entries on pharmaceutical equipment and historical pharmaceutical displays, mainly Europe
and the United States.

<em>Caduceus: A Humanities Journal for Medicine</em>, 13, no. 3 (Winter, 1997), guest editor. “150 Years of Collecting Medical History at the Smithsonian Institution.” Wrote “Introduction” (2-12), “Medical Imaging” (23-26), and “Scientific Medicines” (43-46).

The whole issue, devoted to the history of the Medical Sciences Division and its collections, is written by the current
staff working with those collections and includes many photographs of objects and exhibitions.

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