Publications

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

“Gunpowder and the Changing Military Order: The Islamic Gunpowder Empires, ca. 1450–ca. 1650.” In The Heirs of Archimedes: Technology, Science and Warfare, 1350–1800, ed. Brett D. Steele and Tamera L. Dorland. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, in press.

The adoption of gunpowder weapons tended to strengthen central governments against regional powers.

"Women and Military Institutions in Early Modern Europe: A Reconnaissance." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 6 (1981): 643–71.

Women played important and indispensable military support roles in European and American armies from the 15th through the early 19th centuries.

"Uniforms Make the Woman." with Margaret Vining. In Materializing the Military. Artefacts VI: Military Technology, ed. Bernard Finn and Barton C. Hacker. London: Science Museum Press, in press

In the 1920s, a Smithsonian exhibition of women's uniforms validated women's World War I contributions and expanded political roles.

“Military Science.” In Cambridge History of Modern Science, vol. 8, Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, ed. David Livingstone and Ronald L. Numbers et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.

Links between military and scientific institutions expanded and intensified during the 19th and 20th centuries.

"Engineering a New Order: Military Institutions, Technical Education, and the Rise of the Industrial State." Technology and Culture 33 (1993): 1–27.

Military concerns greatly influenced the development of engineering and engineering education in the 18th and 19th centuries, with important consequences for 19th-century industrialization.

"Military Institutions, Weapons, and Social Change: Toward a New History of Military Technology." Technology and Culture 35 (1994): 768–834.

On the historiography of military technology, including the role of museums.

West Point in the Making of America. with Margaret Vining. Irvington, N.Y.: Hydra, 2002.

Catalog of the West Point in the Making of America exhibition.

“Western Military Technology and East Asian Modernization in the 19th Century.” In Modernization in China and East Asia, 1850–1950, ed. Edouard Vermeer and Dong Zhenghue, in press.

Adoption of Western weapons played a key role in the modernization of East Asian states.

Bataan Survivor: A POW's Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II Edited by Frank A. Blazich, Jr. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2016.

The personal memoir of Colonel David L. Hardee, first drafted at sea from April-May 1945 following his liberation from Japanese captivity, is a thorough treatment of his time in the Philippines. A career infantry officer, Hardee fought during the Battle of Bataan as executive officer of the Provisional Air Corps Regiment. Captured in April 1942 after the American surrender on Bataan, Hardee survived the Bataan Death March and proceeded to endure a series of squalid prison camps. A debilitating hernia left Hardee too ill to travel to Japan in 1944, making him one of the few lieutenant colonels to remain in the Philippines and subsequently survive the war. As a primary account written almost immediately after his liberation, Hardee’s memoir is fresh, vivid, and devoid of decades of faded memories or contemporary influences associated with memoirs written years after an experience. This once-forgotten memoir has been carefully edited, illustrated and annotated to unlock the true depths of Hardee’s experience as a soldier, prisoner, and liberated survivor of the Pacific War.

Patent Models in the Graphic Arts Collection, (Washington, DC: National Museum of American History, 1997).

Lists Graphic Arts Collection patent models from the following groups: Printing presses and stamps; Press-related apparatus; Compositors' tools; Type; Plate, stone, and block making; Bookbinding; Copying and autographic printing (with stencils and pantographs); Picture framing; Miscellaneous.

The Boy and His Press. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American History, 1992.

Amateur and young printers in the 19th century.

“Perishable: Handle with Care.” Museum News. Vol. 56, No. 2, November/December 1977.

An article outlining guidelines for handling historic costumes delivered in a question and answer format. Also includes basics on storage, cleaning, labeling of costume as well as environmental elements.

Costume Display Techniques. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1977.

A book presenting an overview of preparing costumes for display to include selecting costumes for exhibition, conservation and treatment, methods of display, supports for display forms, dressing costumes, environmental conditions in display areas, and costume bibliographies. Includes appendixes and illustrations.

"Above the Boundary: The Development of Kalorama and Washington Heights, 1872–1900," Washington History 14:2 (fall/winter 2002).

The transformation of Kalorama Heights and Washington Heights from private estates into streets and houses is presented as a case study of the process, pace, and limits of Washington, D.C.'s suburban expansion in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

"The Evil of the Misfit Subdivisions: Creating the Permanent System of Highways of the District of Columbia," Washington History 14:1 (spring/summer 2002).

An examination of efforts in the 1880s and 1890s to create a master street plan for those parts of the District of Columbia outside the cities of Washington and Georgetown. The resulting Permanent System of Highways guided the city's growth during the twentieth century.

"A Catalog of Suburban Subdivisions of the District of Columbia, 1854–1902," with Matthew B. Gilmore. Washington History 14:2 (fall/winter 2002).

A catalog covering 176 major subdivisions of land made outside the city of Washington between 1854 and 1902, compiled out of the records of the D.C. Surveyor's Office. The information was gathered to provide modern researchers with a starting point for tracing the origins of District neighborhoods outside Florida Avenue and east of the Anacostia River.

Teacher’s Guide to Jazz: The First Century. Alexandria, Va.: The author, 2000. 64 pp., bibliog.

A guide for college professors to Jazz: The First Century, featuring 500 discussion and test questions (and answers); and chapter-by-chapter recommendations for further reading.

Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington; The Best of Ellington from Victor, Bluebird, and RCA, 1927–1967, (producer and annotator). Two compact discs (or cassettes) with 28-page booklet. Washington: Smithsonian Collection of Recordings; New York: BMG Records, 1994.

An anthology of the best Ellington recordings, from his Cotton Club years (Black and Tan Fantasie, Mood Indigo, and his early-1940s recordings (Ko-Ko, Concerto for Cootie), to his late-career recordings (Far East Suite, Concert of Sacred Music).

The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (producer and annotator). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Collection of Recordings; Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society; London, England: BBC Records, 1988. Four 12" LPs, boxed, with a 64-page book, bibliog., discog., filmog., illus. Also issued on cassette and CD.

Spanning 60 years of recordings, from 1927–1987, this anthology presents 57 classic recordings of songs composed by Hoagy Carmichael, including Stardust, Skylark, Lazy River, Georgia On My Mind, and Rockin’ Chair, as recorded by Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Carmichael himself, and others.

“Duke Ellington: The Smithsonian Will Preserve and Perpetuate Duke Ellington's Legacy,” Jazz Educators Journal 22, no. 1 (January 1990), 24–27.

Describes the scope of the huge Duke Ellington Collection acquired by the NMAH in 1988, and the Museum’s plans to catalog it and present it to the public.

“All That Jazz,” in James Conaway’s The Smithsonian: 150 Years of Adventure, Discovery, and Wonder, pp. 336–37. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

This essay describes the Smithsonian’s work in jazz, including collections, oral histories, exhibitions, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

“Ellington at 100: Genius Beyond Category,” Jazz Educators Journal, March 1999, pp. 32–37, 39–40.

Discusses the genius of Ellington, his increasing recognition by colleges and concert halls, and the Smithsonian’s extensive set of initiatives to interpret his legacy, including exhibitions, fellowships, performance programs, publications, and radio broadcasts.

Ragtime: Its History, Composers, and Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1985; London: Macmillan, 1985 and 1986. Cloth and paper ed.s, x + 400 pp., bibliog., discog., illus., music, photos, tables.

An overview of ragtime, with chapters covering the history (e.g., jazz and classical music), leading figures (Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton), and its music.

Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington. With a Foreword by Wynton Marsalis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. Paperback ed., with revisions: New York, Da Capo Press, 1995. UK ed., London: Omnibus Press, 1996. 480 pp., appendices, bibliog., discog., filmog., index, notes, photos.

A “career biography” of Ellington, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, based in part upon the vast Duke Ellington archives at NMAH. With chapter-by-chapter sidebar essays on essential recordings. Illustrated with 130 photos.

“Introduction” to The Stardust Road; Sometimes I Wonder: The Autobiographies of Hoagy Carmichael. New York: Da Capo Press, 1999, pp. v–xvii.

Presents a concise biography of Carmichael, provides the background for his two memoirs, and assesses his talents and contributions to American culture. With a select discography.

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