Publications

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

“Can Museums Allow Online Users to Become Participants?” In The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, ed. Herminia Din and Phyllis Hecht. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2007.
"Get Real! The Role of Objects in the Digital Age." In Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, ed. Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski. Philadelphia: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011.

Examines the respective merits of physical and digital museum objects for purposes of research, education, and emotional connection.

“Web 2.0 and Museums.” History News (American Association for State and Local History), Autumn 2007.

Explains the basics of Web 2.0 and what benefits user participation might hold for museums.

“Building a Robust and Fully-Integrated Web Program.” In Museums and the Web 2006: Proceedings, ed. J. Trant and D. Bearman. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, 2006. http://www.archimuse.com/mw2006/papers/macarthur/macarthur.html.

Describes the factors involved in building a successful online strategy and designing a museum Web site.

"Museums Remixed." Exhibitionist (National Association for Museum Exhibition), Fall 2007.

Recaps and restates principles discussed in two "Museums Remixed" sessions presented at the 2007 AAM annual conference.

“Electronic Outreach at the National Museum of American History.” The Federalist (Society for History in the Federal Government), Fall 2006.

A summary of electronic outreach offerings at the Museum.

"Collecting the Twentieth Century." Museum Curatorship: Rhetoric vs. Reality. University of Delaware, 1987.

The importance of 20th-century collecting to museums and the new angles of vision needed to build a contemporary collection.

"Eleanor Roosevelt's Clothing." The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press, 2001.

Explores Eleanor Roosevelt's style and approach to fashion and dress.

The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times and Issues. Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Explores the lives and impact of First Ladies in the contexts of the presidential administrations and the issues of the day.

"First Ladies." ed. (Special Issue) Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 3, Spring, 2001.

A collection of essays that explores teaching American history with a First Ladies curriculum with suggested approaches, resources, lesson plans.

"Be a Party Girl: Campaign Appeals to Women." Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Explores how national political parties crafted voting appeals to women before and after the passage of suffrage. How
women's voting patterns affected elections.

First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image. with Denise D. Meringolo. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 1994.
"Party Politics: The Political Impact of the First Ladies' Social Role." The Social Science Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, Elsevier Science Inc., 2000.

This article examines how First Ladies have used social entertaining to advance their husbands' political agendas and how they have "imaged" presidential administrations.

"Introduction to Woman Suffrage." Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote. New Sage Press, 1995.

Explores the tactics, strategies, and imagery women used in their struggle to win the right to vote.

"Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis." Notable American Women. Vol. 5, forthcoming. Harvard University Press.

A biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis examining how her earlier life prepared her for social entertaining and restoration of the White House. Her role in crafting the image of the Kennedy administration.

American Material Culture: The Shape of Things Around Us, ed. Bowling Green University Press, 1984.

A collection of essays exploring the use of material culture artifacts as primary resources for scholarly research.

Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert H. Kargon) Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2008

A study of cities centered on large technological projects

The Longue Duree of Abbott Payson Usher: A History of Mechanical Inventions Technology and Culture, October 2005, 46: 779-96 

A Study of a pioneer in the history of technology and invention

“Electromagnetic Induction,” “Perpetual Motion,” in Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, ed. Rudi Volti, 1999.

Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.

"Clio in Museum Garb" Science Museum Papers in the History of Technology, no. 4, April 1997: 36-46.

The emergence of an academic ethos at the Smithsonian

“Culture, Technology, and Constructed Memory in Disney’s New Town; Techno-Nostalgia in Historical Perspective,” with Robert Kargon. In Miriam Levin, ed., Cultures of Control (London: Harwood, 2000), pp. 135–150.
“Exhibiting Atomic Culture: The View from Oak Ridge" in  “Vision of the Atomic Age: Towards a Comparative Perspective,” special issues of History and Technology, ed. Morris Low and Robert Kargon, vol. 19, September, 2003, pp. 211-226.

Examination of atom bomb exhibitions at the American Museum of Science and Energy

“‘Science in American Life,’ National Identity, and the Science Wars: A Curator’s View,” Curator: The Museum Journal, vol. 42-2, April 1999, pp. 108–116.

A perspective on sponsorship issues in the mounting of a major science exhibition.

“The Eco-City as Urban Technology: Perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China)” with Simon Joss, in ed. Simon Joss, Robert Kargon, Arthur Molella, Journal of Urban Technology, Vol 20 Number 1 January 2013. Special Issue: Eco-Cities in Pan-Asia: International Discourses, Local Practices, pp.115-135.

Ideologies of technological progress in the planning of the first Chinese "Eco-City"

“The Modenist Impulse: Culture, Invention and the Environment” Printed text of lecture at Westminster University, London, Wednesday, 5 May 1999.

A study of contradictory tendencies in modernism toward modern science and technology.

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