Publications

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

The Papers of Joseph Henry edited with Nathan Reingold, et al. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press. Vols. 1-4, 1972-1981.

Edited volumes of the manuscripts of Joseph Henry, American physicist and first Secretary of the Smithsonian.

"Mumford in Historiographical Context" In  Lewis Mumford, Public Intellectual, edited by Thomas P. Hughes and Agatha C. Hughes, ), 21-42. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, l990.  

Examination of the influences on the historian of technology Lewis Mumford.

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

Brief articles in the history of electricity and science.

“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.
“‘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 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.

From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism. Oxford University Press, 2016.
The Promise of a New Life: Jewish Immigrants in America, 1820–1880. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, 2003.

Expands on the exhibition of similar name.

"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.)
"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: 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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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 Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience. e.d. N.Y.: Columbia U. Press, 2002.
No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai`i during WWII. Philadelphia: Temple U. Press, 2004.
"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.

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