Publications

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

“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.
Essential Jazz Editions, Set #3: Music of the 30's, Part I (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.

Essential Jazz Editions, Set #2: Louis Armstrong, 1926–1929

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.

Essential Jazz Editions: Set #4: Music of the 1930s, Part II

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.

Essential Jazz Editions: Set #1, New Orleans Jazz, 1918–1927

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.

History of Medical Ultrasound 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.

The History of Pharmacy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 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.

Caduceus: A Humanities Journal for Medicine, 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.

"Death Helped Write the Biologics Law." FDA Consumer, 16 (1982): 23–25.

A more popular version of the “Biologics Control Act of 1902” paper.

Images from the History of the Public Health Service. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1994.

Catalog of a photographic exhibit, which consists of 165 photographs depicting people involved in the work of the
Public Health Service over much of its long history. The organization is thematic: disease control and prevention, biomedical research, pure food and drugs, mental health and drug abuse, health care delivery, and international health.

Smithsonian Visual Timeline of Inventions, editorial team. New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., 1994.

A heavily illustrated history of invention and innovation, primarily for children that includes many photographs of objects.

“The Preservation and Disposition of Hazardous Substances and Controlled Drugs in Museum Collections.” Caduceus 7 (1991): pp. 55–62.

What to do with the nasty stuff in your collections—definitions, suggestions, guidelines, resources.

“The Artifactual Legacy of AIDS.” in AIDS and the Historian, edited by Victoria A. Harden and Guenter B. Risse, pp. 142–147. Washington, D.C.: NIH Publication No. 91-1584, 1991.

What to collect to document the history of AIDS.

"Public Health." Academic American Encyclopedia 15:608-609. Danbury, CT: Grolier Inc., 1988.

A general description of the field of public health and its evolution.

"Samuel Clagett Busey," "Charles R. Drew," "George Martin Kober," "George Lloyd Magruder," "Frederick May," "Thomas Miller," "Mary Almera Parsons," "Robert Reyburn," and "George Tully Vaughan." Dictionary of American Medical Biography, edited by Martin Kaufman, et al., 2 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Biographical sketches of mainly early Washington, D.C. area physicians.

"Public Health Service." in Government Agencies, edited by Donald R. Whitnah , 450–458. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.

A short history of the U.S. Public Health Service.

“Biologics Control Act of 1902.” in The Early Years of Federal Food and Drug Control, edited by Glenn Sonnedecker, 8–27. Madison, Wisc.: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 1982.

A history of the first federal law regulating the interstate and foreign sale of a specific class of drugs in the United States. Illustrations of objects and trade literature in the NMAH collections.

The Internet as Tool for the Social Construction of Knowledge Farquhar, John, Carrie Kotcho, and Brendan McGinty. The Internet as a Tool for the Social Construction of Knowledge. Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1996 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. 18th, Indianapolis, IN: 1996.

An early exploration of how Internet technologies might be used to promote learning through socially-mediated interactions. Identifies potential use of the Web for social networking and learning as well as naming bandwidth as a major factor in the quality of interactions.
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"Exploring Virtual History at the National Museum of American History," 2002, International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia.
Who’s in Charge: Constructed Realities, et al, SITES, Washington, D.C. 1992.

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