Publications

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

"Locomotives." World Book Encyclopedia (1997 thru current ed.).

Article for the world’s most-used encyclopedia.

"Abandoning the Stourbridge Lion--Business Decision-Making, 1829: a New Interpretation." in M. R. Bailey, ed., Early Railways 3:  Papers from the Third International Early Railways Conference.  London:  Six Martlets Press, 2006.

A new interpretation of one of the Smithsonian's most important industrial artifacts, the remains of the Stourbridge Lion, the first locomotive to run in the Western Hemisphere.

"Evolution of Energy Use and Transportation," in Zumerchik, J., ed., Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy, v. 3. New York and London: Macmillan Reference, 2001.

Historical changes in transportation energy sources, fuels, and engines.

"Railroads and Cultural Diversity," in Miranda-Naón, Alejandra, ed., America’s Great Road. Baltimore: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 1995.

Long-term impacts of railroads on U.S. demographics: immigration patterns, employment patterns, Native American displacement, cultural mobility.

Rails Across America: A History of Railroads in North America, ed. and co-author. New York: Smithmark, 1993.

A comprehensive social history of railroads’ impact on American history, popular culture, and daily life.

The Spirit of Steam: the Golden Age of Steam Railroading. New York: Smithmark, 1995; also Erlangen (Germany): Karl Müller Verlag, 1996; also New York: Barnes & Noble, 1999.

Historic black & white photographs, 1910-1950, with interpretive essays.

"Artefacts at the Smithsonian: a New Long-term Exhibition on the History of Transport Systems," in Trischler, H. and Stefan Zeilinger, eds., Tackling Transport. Science Museum (London), Deutsches Museum, and Michigan State University Press, 2003.

The interpretive philosophy and approach of the major exhibition, America on the Move.

“Photography in the Printing Press: The Photomechanical Revolution,” and “The Material Culture of Media: Museums of Printing and Photography,” Presenting Pictures, Bernard Finn, ed., London: Science Museum, 2004.

Two essays in Volume 4 of the Artefacts series, studies in the history of science and technology, a collaboration of the Deutsches Museum (Munich), the Science Museum (London), and the Smithsonian. One discusses the role of photomechanical processes in reproducing and distributing pictures in the 19th century. The other describes selected museums that collect and exhibit visual collections and their apparatus.

“The Smithsonian in Cincinnati: Exhibiting Prints at the Ohio Valley Centennial Exposition, 1888,” in Alice M. Cornell, ed. Art as Image: Prints and Promotion in Cincinnati, Ohio (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001), pp. 131–165.

This essay discusses the Smithsonian’s participation in a national exhibition, and describes the 1000 prints on view in the graphic arts section. It provides an appendix listing all artists and publishers included in the exhibition.

Prints at the Smithsonian: the Origins of a National Collection. (Washington: NMAH, 1996)

Catalog of an exhibition celebrating 150 years of print collecting by the Smithsonian Institution. Essay examines the history of public attitudes and cultural changes that affected artists, collectors, curators, and audiences.

“Print Collecting in the Gilded Age,” Imprint: Journal of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, 29:1 (Spring 2004), pp. 2–13.

This article discusses Americans’ growing interest in prints in the last quarter of the 19th century, including exhibitions, sales, and the formation of collections.

“Slavic and Eastern European-Related Graphic Collections in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History" in Slavic & East European Information Resources, vol.11, nos. 2-3 (Apr.-Sept.2010), pp. 226-245.
History of Photography special issue: “The Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.” Guest editor, 24:1 (Spring 2000)

A special issue of the journal History of Photography featured the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History. Essays on several aspects of collection including daguerreotypes, W. H. F. Talbot, J. W. Draper, Pictorialism, color photography, and photomechanical processes.

“Publishers Wave the Flag After ‘Day of Infamy’,” Ephemera News, 21:1 (Fall 2002), pp. 18–23.

This article presents some of the magazine covers produced in 1942 to celebrate the first Fourth of July after Pearl Harbor and the related exhibition at the National Museum of American History.

“Prints in the Sartains’ Circle,” Philadelphia’s Cultural Landscape: The Sartain Family Legacy, Katharine Martinez and Page Talbott, eds., (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000), pp. 25–38.

In a volume that presents a number of conference papers, this essay discusses the importance of prints to artists and collectors in Philadelphia in relation to the Sartain family of artists and art educators.

A National Audience for Prints: The Smithsonian’s Exhibition Program, 1923-1948 pp. 26-59 in North American Prints, 1913-1947: an Examination at Century’s End. Ed. David Tatham (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2006)

This essay describes the Smithsonian’s ambitious program of loan exhibitions that included many works by living artists. These exhibits introduced many new prints and printmakers to a broad national public between 1923 and 1948. Two appendices identify traveling group shows and the printmakers featured in solo exhibitions during this period.

"Exhibiting A New Icon" with Lonnie Bunch, in Increase and Diffusion: A Smithsonian Web Magazine, 1997.

A discussion of some of the issues faced in exhibiting an icon of the American civil rights movement.

"Sitting for Justice" in Increase and Diffusion: A Smithsonian Web Magazine, 1996.

Learn how a portion of the Woolworth lunch counter from Greensboro, North Carolina, became part of the American civil rights movement collection at the National Museum of American History.

“Curating the Recent Past” in Henderson and Kaeppler, ed. Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

The article uses the acquisition and exhibition of the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter as a lens for examining, collecting, and interpreting the recent past. Explores the role of memory; meaning and representation; curatorial roles and obligations; politics; and race in doing public history at the Smithsonian Institution.

Tribute to a Generation: A Salute to the Big Bands of the WWII Era, featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, producer for the compact disc. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, May 2004.
"Smithsonian Institute Preserves Jazz Heritage," International Musician: Official Journal of The American Federation of Musicians of The United States and Canada. New York: April 2004.

An essay on the history and importance of the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program and other components of the collections and work of the Smithsonian and the National Museum of American History to preserve and promote America's jazz legacy.

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