Publications

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

"Handcraft to Industry, Philadelphia Ceramics in the First Half of the Ninteenth Century." Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, No. 43. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980.
"Marketing American Pottery: Maulden Perine in Baltimore." Winterthur Portfolio 19 (1984).
"The Business of Potting, 1780–1840" in The Craftsman in Early America, edited by Ian M.G. Quimby. (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1984.)
"Preserving Women: Refrigerator Design as Social Process in the 1930s." Technology and Culture. October 2002.

Examines the marketing strategies designers used to appeal to the middle-class consumer and the ways manufacturers, advertisers, designers, and government agencies constructed ideas about women, family, and society in the 1930s. Includes illustrations of trade literature in the NMAH library collections.

"More is Better: Gender, Class Identity, and Mass Consumption in Postwar America," American Quarterly, Dec. 2002.

Offers a reconsideration of postwar class relations by exploring the influence of working-class women on American social life and culture.

"Preserving Women: Refrigerator Design as Social Process in the 1930s," Technology and Culture, Oct. 2002.

Analyzes the design and acceptance of new domestic technologies in the 1930s as part of defining a modern American social order.

"A History of Clean," pamphlet co-authored with Barbara Clark Smith, National Museum of American History, 1999.

Examines the social history of housework in America through artifacts used to clean the home.

"The Bryn Athyn Cathedral Project: Craft, Community and Faith" in Bert Denker, ed. The Substance of Style:Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Winterthur, 1996.

Explores the relationship between religion and craft in an early twentieth-century community.

Historic Furnishings Report, Building 34/35, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, co-authored with Carol Petravage and Patricia Craig, National Park Service, 1995.

Illuminates the influence of martial law on civilian life during the Civil War in Harpers Ferry.

"The Bryn Athyn Cathedral Project: Craft, Community and Faith" in Bert Denker. Ed. The Substance of Style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1996.

Focuses on the creation of the stained glass windows for the Bryn Athyn Cathedral to explore the relationship between a religious community and the arts and crafts movement in the early twentieth century.

"More is Better: Mass Consumption, Gender, and Class Identity in Postwar America," American Quarterly. December 2002.

Explores the influence of working-class women on suburban life and the design of household goods in post-World War II America.

No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai`i during WWII. Philadelphia: Temple U. Press, 2004.
The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience. e.d. N.Y.: Columbia U. Press, 2002.
"Maps on My Past: Race, Space, and Place in the Life Stories of Washington, D.C. Area Teenagers," Oral History Review 22/2 (Winter 1995) pp. 33–53.

Using mental mapping to frame teen memories of personal past and knowledge of those beyond their communities.

A Woman's Place: The Maine Point of View. (Augusta: Maine State Museum, 1976).

Catalog for exhibition and bibliographical guide on Maine women's history.

Charlotte Cramer Sachs in the Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present

The collaborative research project Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present sheds new light on the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of immigrants by investigating the German-American example in the United States. It traces the lives, careers and business ventures of eminent German-American business people of roughly the last two hundred and ninety years, integrating the history of German-American immigration into the larger narrative of U.S. economic and business history.

"William Frederick Friedman, A Pictorial Essay" Cryptologia 16, no. 3 (July 1992).

Illustrates and provides a brief overview of the life of William F. Friedman.

"Mr. Darby Goes to Washington," American Windsurfer no. 5 (1998).

Discusses the donation and significance of the Newman Darby archives to the Archives Center.

"Making Disability Public: An Interview with Katherine Ott" Interview by David Serlin, Radical History Review 94 (Winter 2006) pp. 197-211.

Discussion of issues that underpin the collecting and exhibiting of the history of disability and people with disabilies.

“The Iron Lung in History and Cultural Memory,” in Mary Jo Arnoldi, ed., Engaging Smithsonian Objects through Science, History, and the Arts  (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2016):192-205.

Explains how understanding the history of the tank respirator, or iron lung, relates to its interpretation in a museum exhibit.

Scrapbooks In American Life, with Susan Tucker, Patricia Buckler, eds. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006).

A collection of essays examining the origins and different uses of scrapbooks through analysis of a variety of albums.  Winner of the Allen G. Noble Book Award for best edited volume on material culture.

“Contagion, Public Health, and the Visual Culture of Nineteenth Century Skin,” in David Serlin, ed. Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010): 85-107.

Analyzes the relationship of the graphic representations of the dermatological conditions of scabies and favus (ringworm) to the beginning of professional public health work.

“The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prosthetics,” in Katherine Ott, David Serlin, Stephen Mihm, eds., Artificial Parts, Practical Lives; Modern Histories of Prosthetics (New York: New York University Press, 2002): 1-42.

An overview of the evolution of understanding of prosthetics.

"Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes," in Katherine Ott, David Serlin, Stephen Mihm, eds., Artificial Parts, Practical Lives; Modern Histories of Prosthetics (New York: New York University Press, 2002): 147-170.

Examines development of the making of artificial eyes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including discussion of techniques, materials, training of the makers, and the internal politics of eye-making.

"Between Person and Profession: the Scrapbooks of 19th-Century Medical Practitioners," in Katherine Ott, Susan Tucker, and Patricia Buckler, eds., Scrapbooks in American Life (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006): 29-41.

Examines the role of scrapbooks in the lives of physicians and nurses.

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