Joan Boudreau

Curator

B.A., Boston College, CoA, USDA Graduate School, Natural History Field Studies

Research Specialties: 
Civil War field printing
Federal printed imagery of the American West
Patent models and the graphic arts
Printing for the U.S. government
Printing and the natural sciences
Printing in the American West
Comic Art
American conservation history
Projects: 

"A Press Pass for William Conant Church," American Printing History Association website, 2015

"So you want to curate an exhibit about the 1960s?" NMAH website blog, 2014 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2014/06/so-you-want-to-curate-an-exhibit-about-the-1960s.html

"The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement," a recap for Inside: Vanished Birds of North America, Connect, Smithsonian Libraries, 2014

The Early Sixties: American Culture physical and virtual exhibition, 2014-15 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/early-sixties-american-culture

“The Ramage Printing Press: A Confederate Mystery,” NMAH website blog, 2014

“California Mission Postcards,” NMAH website object group, 2014 http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/california-mission-postcards

Award statement 2014 Wood Engravers’ Network exhibition competition, 2014

Contributing exhibition coordinator Passionate Collectors, The Washington Print Club at 50, 2014

Invention and the Patent Model, physical and virtual exhibition, 2013 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/artifact-walls-invention-and-patent-model

"The 'Pony' Press and the Patent Model Collection," NMAH website blog, 2013

“The Portable Press and Field Printing during the American Civil War,” Printing History, July 2012

19th Century Survey Prints (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/19th-century-survey-prints

Patent Models: Graphic Arts (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/patent-models-graphic-arts

"Research raises questions about Civil War printing blocks," NMAH website blog, 2011 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2011/10/during-the-1970s-the-museum-purchased-a-small-collection-of-printing-blocks-purported-to-have-been-used-to-produce-civil-war.html

Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings, physical and virtual exhibition 2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/keeping-history-plains-indian-ledger-drawings

"Printing history and the Intertype linotype machine," NMAH website blog, 2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2009/04/printing-history-and-the-intertype-linotype-machine.html

Civil War Field Printing, physical and virtual exhibition 2008-2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/civil-war-field-printing

Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustrations, physical and virtual exhibition, 2008-2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/picturing-words-power-book-illustration

“Publishing the U.S. Exploring Expedition: The Fruits of the Glorious Enterprise” Printing History, January 2008.

“Printing Matrices for Narrative of the U.S. Exploring Expedition” (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/printing-matrices-for-narrative-of-the-us-exploring-expedition

The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement, physical and virtual exhibit 1998 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/feather-trade-and-american-conservation-movement

Professional Affiliations: 
American Printing History Association
American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter
The Printing Historical Society
The Washington Print Club

Publications

"A Press Pass for William Conant Church" American Printing History Association website at: https://printinghistory.org/, 2015.

A representation of the story surrounding the press pass printed by the Union Army of the Potomac and assigned to William Conant Church, of the New York Times, in 1862.

"The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement" Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Connect (Summer 2014)

Fashion feathers and the part they played in American Conservation history. A short recap of the story told in the physical and virtual exhibit The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement, 1998, see: http://americanhistory.si.edu/feather/index.htm.

Item 68, "Printing Presses in Action" Smithsonian Civil War, Inside the National Collection, 2013

A short recap relating to portable printing presses used by Civil War units to produce orders, and other field documents such as the Appomattox parole.

“The Portable Press and Field Printing during the American Civil War" in Printing History (July 2012)

This article discusses the invention, use, and short-lived importance of the American Civil War portable printing press to the armies and navies of the Union and Confederate forces.

"Publishing the U.S. Exploring Expedition: The Fruits of the Glorious Enterprise" in Printing History (January 2008)

This article discusses the Congressional and east coast print production and printing of the volumes describing the findings of the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-42).

 

Item 86, "Woodblock Printing" Smithsonian Civil War, Inside the National Collection, 2013

Woodblocks were used to reproduce illustrations prepared in the field. The illustration for this woodblock was prepared on what is now referred to as Teddy Roosevelt Island on the Potomac River for the New York Illustrated News, ca 1863.

Item 44, The Wartime Patent Office with Pamela M. Henson, Smithsonian Civil War, Inside the National Collection, 2013

A history of the original U.S. Patent Office building and descriptions of a sampling of patent models now represented in the some 10,000 object collection of the National Museum of American History.