Survey of historically significant typewriters and calculators in Smithsonian collections for a German audience.
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Brief survey of time signals distributed by telegraph, with special emphasis on the Harvard College Observatory.
Booklet that accompanied a temporary NMAH exhibition of the same name.
Essay on the relationship of object and archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution, with special emphasis on recent collecting.
Essay on the battles involved in presenting the history of science in an exhibition at the National Museum of American History during the “culture wars.”
Key themes and objects in NMAH exhibition Science in American Life for a German audience.
Essay on the experience and utility of recording operating machinery and employee interviews for documenting technical, nonverbal thinking.
Highlights booklet containing photos and descriptions of twenty of the most interesting clocks in the collections of the Smithsonian.
A history of society's changing perceptions, values, actions, and laws pertaining to wetland environments in the United States.
Examines the various ways in which the U.S. Congress has used hearings to receive, question, and debate scientific and technical information.
Discusses how and why environmental history should be integrated into exhibitions developed at both cultural and scientific institutions. The essay is a revised version of the author’s presidential address before the American Society for Environmental History.
Reflections on how popular opinions about the appropriate role of public enterprises have devolved since the founding of the American Public Works Association in 1937, and how historical inquiry can contribute to society’s understanding of this trend and its consequences.
A historical overview of the U.S. Congress’s growing dependency on scientific and technical advice, and the methods by which it has sought to obtain reliable, independent information.
A review essay of Dennis L. Soden’s edited book, The Environmental Presidency, which deals with the changing attitudes and actions toward natural resources among America’s chief executives.
A discussion of two prize-winning documentaries—Kelly Duane’s Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America and Bonnie Kreps’s Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story—and the contributions of film biographies to the teaching of environmental history.
An examination of the policy issues and debates that shaped the relationship between government and science in the United States since 1940. Special attention is paid to the evolution of science policy planning mechanisms, along with the ongoing development of Executive agency science programs and the periodic attempts to coordinate the nation’s overall research efforts.
A biographical sketch of the civil engineer best known for his work on the Panama Canal.
A collection of essays addressing the history of tunnels and tunneling from ancient times to the present, including discussions of the politics and construction of the Channel Tunnel and the ill-fated Super-conducting Super Collider. This richly illustrated volume also includes a detailed account of the Smithsonian’s Tunnels! exhibition.
A compilation of books, articles, government reports, newspaper stories, and unpublished items that address the environmental implications of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and regulatory activities.
Reflections on the expansion and internationalization of environmental justice as a field of study.
A history of the evolving instrumentation needs of science and the various programs proposed and/or put in place by the federal government to help meet those needs.
A historical assessment of President Jimmy Carter’s environmental record. Recipient of the Society for History in the Federal Govern-ment’s 1999 Charles Thomson Prize.
A history of how the federal government came to regulate the destruction of wetlands in the United States and the unsuccessful efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restrict the new police responsibilities entrusted to it. Recipient of the Forest History Society’s 1984 Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Award.
A compilation of works addressing the history of U.S. federal agency efforts to advance scientific research since World War II.