Harold D. Wallace Jr.

Associate Curator

Ph.D. (in progress), University of Maryland, Baltimore County M.A. (1994), University of Maryland, Baltimore County B.A. (1982), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Research Specialties: 

History of electric power and lighting


Current Projects: Exhibitions:

  • Holograms: 1964's Toy Train
  • Artifact Walls: Glass Tubes
  • Lighting a Revolution 2
  • An Electric Breeze: Fans for Consumers


  • Virtual exhibition: Lighting a Revolution

Research Projects:

  • Powering A Generation (electric power deregulation)
  • Lighting The Way (energy efficient lighting)
  • Collecting the History of Fuel Cells

Past Projects: Exhibitions:

  • Lasers:  The First 50 Years (February 2010 - March 2012
  • Recent Acquisitions: Citizens Band Radio (2004 - 2005)
  • Lighting The Way (March 2000 - June 2001).
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Historical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project, Smithsonian Representative
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry, Collections Committee
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, History and Heritage Committee (1999-2001)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engeineers History Committee (2007-2010)


Great Inventions: The Light Bulb. assoc. ed. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press, 2004.

Written for second-grade students, this book introduces both how light bulbs work and their history.

“A Different Kind of Chemistry: a History of Tungsten Halogen Lighting.” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 7 (November–December 2001).

A look at the invention and development of this energy-efficient light source.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. assoc. ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.

A wide range of energy technologies are covered in this 3 volume set. Though primarily devoted to the current state of the technologies, a substantial amount of historical background (including many brief biographical sketches) is included.

Wallops Station and the Creation of an American Space Program. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office, 1997.

This master's thesis explores the social and administrative history of the Wallops Island, V.A. launch facility during the early years of NASA.