“In Pursuit of the Labor Vote: Presidential Campaign Material at the National Museum of American History,”
Labor's Heritage, Summer 1996.
“Political Repression in New Mexico: The Destruction of the National Miners' Union, 1933 1935,”
in Labor in New Mexico: Strikes, Unions and Social History Since 1881, edited by Robert Kern, University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
"Lifting As We Climb': Black Women and the Preservation of African American History and Culture."
Gender and History. Vol. 6, No. 3. November, 1994.
Analysis of the special role that Black women have played in the preservation of African American history.
Co-author with Paul Ruffins. Black Issues in Higher Education. Vol. 13, No.25 February 2, 1997.
Brief history of Black efforts to preserve African American history in collections.
"Mythos, Memory, and History: African American Preservation Efforts, 1820-1990."
Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture. Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Steven D. Lavine, eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
Detailed analysis of the preservation of objects, folklore, music, governmental records over the 19th and 20th centuries.
"A Faithful Witness': Afro-American Public History in Historical Perspective,"
with Jeffrey Stewart. Presenting the Past: Critical Perspectives on History and the Public. Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, eds. Temple University Press, 1986.
Detailed analysis of the relationship between professional historians and "organic historians" of the African American experience.
"The Politics of Cultural Ownership."
AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Vol. 14, No. 1. January, 1996. (American Institute of Graphic Arts.)
Brief analysis of the struggles over control of ethnic images in 20th century U.S.A.
"Culture Wars Won and Lost: Ethnic Museums on the Mall,"
in Radical History Review. Two-part article. No. 68, Spring, 1997 and No. 70 Winter, 1998. (Part One: The Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. Part Two: The African American Museum on the Mall Project.)
Comparison of the work in the 1980s and 1990s to found the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and the earlier unsuccessful attempt to pass legislation to put an African American Museum on the Mall.
"Reflecting on Ethnic Imagery in the Landscape of Commerce 1945–1975"
in Getting and Spending: American and European Consumption in the Twentieth Century. Charles McGovern, Susan Strasser, and Matthias Judt, eds. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Analysis of the images of ethnicity in American advertising,both television and print, between World War II and the Vietnam War.
“Sites of Memory, Sites of Struggle: The ‘Materials’ of History”
in Major Problems in African American History. Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619–1865 . Thomas Holt and Elsa Barkley Brown eds. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.
Brief analysis of issues involved in earlier attempts to put an African American museum on the mall.
"Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery.”
Museums Frictions ed. by Ivan Karp and Corrine Kratz. In press.
Comments on emerging museums of slavery and their efforts to put that history on exhibition.
"Four African American Women on the National Landscape"
in Restoring Women's History through Historic Preservation. Gail Dubrow, ed. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Analyzes the preservation history of four African American women: Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Maggie Walker, and Madame C. J. Walker.
“The Promise of Gene Medicine,”
The World & I (a publication of the Washington Times) 15:5 (May 2000) 147–149.
“Breaking Down Cancer,”
The Scientist, 14:4 (February 21, 2000) 39.
"Farming, Disease, and Change in the Chesapeake Ecosystem,"
Chapter 14 in Discovering the Chesapeake: The History of an Ecosystem, edited by Philip D. Curtin, Grace S. Brush, and George W. Fisher. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
“Livestock and the Disease Crisis of the Civil War,”
Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Roundtable (UK), 64 (December 2000) 31â€“37.
A Kind of Fate: Agricultural Change in Virginia, 1861–1920.
(Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2000).
“Biological Thought in Eighteenth-Century Agriculture,”
Magnolia (Bulletin of the Southern Garden History Society) XVI:2 (Winter 2000-2001): 1-7.
"Measuring Infinity: Jose de Rivera's Smithsonian Sculpture on the National Mall"
Curator:The Museum Journal, Vol. 51 No. 2, April 2008, pp 179-185.
Recounts the origins, fabrication, and varied meanings of Infinity, the sculpture created for the museum in 1967 by Jose de Rivera.
"Artifacts of Disaster: Creating the Smithsonian's Katrina Collection"
Technology and Culture, April, 2006, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 357–368.
Surveys the process undertaken to collect museum objects from the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, what was collected, and the rationale behind their selection.
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Industrial Archaeology,
contributing editor, author of essays on American industrial sites and history, Barrie Trinder, editor-in-chief (Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell Publishers, 1992).
State-by-state entries list and describe industrial tourism sites, industrial museums, and historic factories
throughout the fifty states.
“Keeping Time in Guyana,”
with W. David Todd. Americas, Vol. 49 No. 6 (Nov–Dec 1997), pp. 6–13.
Encapsulates several years of work in the Republic of Guyana studying, repairing, and recording 19th-century tower clocks and bells. Addresses Guyanese perceptions of public timekeeping and time consciousness.
“Elephant Under Glass: The Piano Key Bleach House of Deep River, Connecticut,”
in IA, Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 19 No. 2 (1992), pp. 37–59.
Uses the only surviving piano key bleach house to describe and illustrate the stages of manufacture from elephant tusks to finished piano keys, 1800–1950.
“Footpower in the Developing World: An American Precedent?”
in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, Vol 2 No. 1 (1986), pp. 45–54.
Examines the rise of early American foot-powered machinery in the woodworking and metalcutting industries, speculating
on the transferability of such innovation to the modern developing world.
“Problems and Solutions at a Company Museum,”
Curator, Vol. 21 No. 2 (June 1978), pp. 168–173.
Recounts the author's rehabilitation of the packaging collection at the Landor Museum of Packaging Antiquities in San