Barbara Suit Janssen

Barbara Suit Janssen

Associate Curator

B.S. University of Maryland (1972)

Research Specialties: 

19th Century American patent models, sewing machines, trade literature and textile machinery.


Current Projects:

  • Finder's Guide to NMAH's Patent Model Collection

Past Projects:

Curated the following exhibitions

  • America's Clothespins
  • Patent Pending: Models of Invention
  • American Invention (the Museum's first traveling exhibition to seven cities in Japan)
  • Icons of Invention: American Patent Models (NPG)
  • Industrial Design: An American Case History (Evolution of Singer Sewing Machine Design)
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Association of Museums
  • American Association of State and Local History
  • Society of the History of Technology