Publications

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

"Maryland History in Film," with Leith Johnson in Filming Maryland. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society Press, 2000.

Discusses the role of feature films as historical documents.

"Marylanders in Portraiture," Annapolis, Maryland: Government House, State of Maryland, 1999.

Presents a broad view of those who contributed to the state’s heritage.

"Exhibition review: Making Washington City: Proprietors, Dreamers and Builders, exhibition at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.," The Public Historian, Spring, 1992.
"The Celestial Empire and the Early American Republic," Asian Studies Association Bulletin, Spring, 1989.

A discussion of trade issues between China and America in the early 19th century.

"Cargo Manifests and Custom Records from the American China Trade," Committee on East Asian Library Bulletin, February, 1989.

An article that explores the use of American manifest records to record the history of trade with China.

"Book review: Old Dominion New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 by Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent, Jr., and William G .Shade (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007)," Maryland Historical Society Magazine, Spring 2008.
“A View of the American Home at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art,” Smithsonian Museum of American Art Bulletin, Summer 2007.

A short review of objects on view at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art that explicate the idea of home.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier New York: Smithsonian Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
“Collecting Pictorialism at the Smithsonian 1896-1959,” The History of Photography Journal, National Museum of American History edition, Spring 2000.

A history of collecting and exhibiting art photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations highlight objects and past exhibitions from the NMAH collections.

“The 1896 Washington Salon and Art Photography,” American Art Review, January–February 1997.

Summary of the exhibition of the first photographic salon in the United States, and the beginnings of the national collection of photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations of images shown at the 1896 salon now in the NMAH collections.

“Engineering Time: Inventing the Electronic Wristwatch,” British Journal for the History of Science, No. 4, Vol. 33, Dec. 2000, pp. 477–497.

Survey of three independent teams in the United States, Switzerland and Japan that invented the first electronic quartz wristwatches.

“The Quartz Watch,” with Carlene Stephens. Lemelson Center for Study of Invention and Innovation Web site. 1997.

Web site exploring the global competition to develop the first quartz electronic wristwatches in the late 1960s and 1970s.

“Time’s New Face: Liquid Crystals in Your Wristwatch,” with Carlene Stephens. Invention and Technology, Spring 2002, p. 27.

Sidebar article on the application of liquid crystal display technology in digital watches in the 1970s.

“Revolution on Your Wrist” with Carlene Stephens and Amanda Dillon. Increase and Diffusion Web site. 1997.

Web site article exploring the shift from pocket watches to wristwatches in the early 20th century, and the subsequent shift to electronic timekeeping in the 1970s.

“We Are Living in a Digital World, but Not Always,” Newsday, Section B, September 30, 2001, p. B8.

Popular interest news feature on the public reaction to digital watches when they were first introduced in the 1970s.

"Access Denied: Asbestos Contamination as Catalyst and Hindrance to Collection Retrieval and Preservation" Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Spring 2000 Vol.39 Number 1 pp. 75–84.
“Airplanes, Balloons, and Cartridge Bags: A Few Fabrics of WWI,” the proceedings of the Textile History Forum, Cooperstown, New York, 2003.
“The Cow the Milkmaid and the Chemist”, the proceedings of the Ars Textrina conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 2000.
“Documenting the Spirit of Innovation: The Nobel Voices Video History Project.” Kultur und Technik 4 (October 2001).

An analysis of the Lemelson Center's Nobel laureate video history documentation project (2000-2003) which explores laureates' youthful inspirations, views on creativity and innovation, and social visions.

"Telegraph Practice in the 19th Century." Actes du XIIIe Congrès International d'Histoire des Sciences (1975).

A look at how practice was determined (or not determined) by the design of the instruments.

A Retrospective Technology Assessment: Submarine Telegraphy. with Vary Coates, et al. San Francisco: San Francisco Press, 1979.

A history of submarine telegraphy with emphasis on the period from the 1850s to the 1950s, including speculation about what people in the 1860s might reasonably have projected the impact of the cables to be.

"The Incandescent Electric Light." in Margaret Latimer and Brooke Hindle (eds.), Bridge to the Future, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 424 (1984), pp. 247–263.

This is an anlaysis of the symbolic use of the incandescent lamp in religious writings, cartoons, art (including Picasso's Guernica).

The History of Electrical Technology: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Press, 1991.

There are over 1500 entries in this international survey, with author and subject indexes.

"Working at Menlo Park." in William S. Pretzer (ed.), Working at Inventing: Thomas A. Edison and the Menlo Park Experience. Dearborn, MI: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1989 (reprint 2002), pp. 32–47.

Edison was supported in his work at Menlo Park by a number of assistants. This is an analysis of their backgrounds and their reasons for coming and leaving.

"The Search for a Vacuum," "Carbon and the Incandescent Lamp," "Who Invented the Incandescent Lamp?," "The Menlo Park Mystique." in Robert Friedel, Paul Israel, Bernard Finn, Edison's Electric Light: Biography of an Invention. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1985.

These are short, pointed essays in a book that provides a definitive account of Edison's invention.

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