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Publications

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

"Knowledge: The Real Treasure," Sea History 51 (Autumn 1989) 6–7.

An article on the subject of treasure hunting vs. archaeology.

"Preliminary Report on the 1996 Excavations of the Wreck of Ha’aheo o Hawaii (ex-Cleopatra’s Barge) in Hanalei Bay, Kauai," in Denise C. Lakey (ed.), Underwater Archaeology 1997. Tucson: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1997. 113–120.

Highlights of the 1996 shipwreck excavation season.

The Maritime Administration Collection of Ship Plans (1939–1970) with Paula J. Johnson (eds.) Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

A catalog of Smithsonian ship plans available to the public.

"Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea: Archaeology and the Council of American Maritime Museums," in J. Barto Arnold III (ed.), Underwater Archaeology Proceedings from the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. Pleasant Hill, Calif.: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1989. pp. 149–150.

Museum ethics and policies regarding submerged cultural heritage.

"An Enduring Legacy," Nautical Research Journal 42.2 (June 1997) 111.
“The End of the Age of Sail: Merchant Shipping in the Nineteenth Century,” in George F. Bass (ed.), Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas. London: Thames and Hudson, 1988. Chapter 12: pp. 231–50.

An historical and archaeological synthesis, with an emphasis on the knowledge gained from period shipwrecks.

Shipwrecked in Paradise: Cleopatra's Barge
"Titanic Ethics," Museum News 76.3 (May/June 1997) 7.
"The 1824 Wreck of the Royal Hawaiian Yacht Ha ’aheo o Hawaii (ex-Cleopatra’s Barge): 1996 Preliminary Results," in Michael A. Lang (ed.), Methods and Techniques of Underwater Research: Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 1996 Scientific Diving Symposium. (Washington, D.C.: AAUS, 1996) 133–135.

Highlights of the 1996 shipwreck excavation season.

"The Wreck of America’s First Yacht: Cleopatra’s Barge (Ha ’aheo o Hawaii): 1995 Survey," in Stephen R. James, Jr. (ed.), Underwater Archaeology Proceedings from the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1996. 61–66.

Highlights of the 1995 survey for—and discovery of—the Royal Hawaiian Yacht.

Underwater Archaeology Proceedings from The Society For Historical Archaeology Conference. e.d. Washington, D.C.: Society for Historical Archaeology, 1995.

An edited volume of current (1995) underwater archaeological research (mostly fieldwork).

“Can Teenagers Save America? They’ve Done it Before,” New York Times, March 26, 2018. “Can Teenagers Save America? They’ve Done it Before,” New York Times, March 26, 2018.
“The Right to Vote is Never Safe,” New York Times, November 5, 2017. “The Right to Vote is Never Safe,” New York Times, November 5, 2017.
“The High Price of Presidential Impeachment,” The Atlantic, May 30, 2017 “The High Price of Presidential Impeachment,” The Atlantic, May 30, 2017
“Democracy Could Use a Drink,” New York Times, November 27, 2016. “Democracy Could Use a Drink,” New York Times, November 27, 2016.
“Closely Watched Ballots, New York Times, August 24, 2016. “Closely Watched Ballots, New York Times, August 24, 2016.
Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian with Steven Lubar. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

Explores changing ideas about what is worth saving from the American past through an illustrated history of the National Museum of American History's collections, featuring over 250 objects.

"Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History." with Steven Lubar. Artifact & Analysis: A Teacher’s Guide to Interpreting Objects and Writing History. Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and the National Museum of American History, 2001.

Discusses the value of artifacts in studying the past, and presents five ways to think about artifacts in history. Part of a teacher's guide developed for Advanced Placement Program U.S. History courses.

Smithsonian Treasures of American History. New York: Collins, 2006.

Companion book to the Treasures of American History exhibition, featuring more than 150 objects from the NMAH collections.

“The Material Culture of Scientific and Technical Information Systems in the United States—Patent Models to Computers,” Proceedings of the 2002 Conference on the History and Heritage of Scientific and Technical Information Systems, eds. Mary Ellen Bowden and W. Boyd Rayward, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2004.
Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000 with Amy Ackerberg-Hastings and David Lindsay Roberts, Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Surveys changes in the material culture of American mathematics teaching.  Tells stories about objects from the blackboard and the textbook to the protractor and the slide rule to the graphing calculator and computer software.

“Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug,” Annals of the History of Computing, 1998. 20: 5–9.
“'Yours for Improvement'—The Adding Machines of Chicago, 1884–1930,” Annals of the History of Computing, 2001, 23: 3–21.
Essential Jazz Editions, Set #3: Music of the 30's, Part I (cellist). The Castle Trio. Smithsonian Collection of Recordings ND 034, 1988.

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #3 includes: From A_Flat to C, John Kirby Sextet; For Dancers Only, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra; Big Jim Blues, Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds of Joyl; Lonesome Road, Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra; and Symphony in Riffs, Benny Carter & His Orchestra.

Essential Jazz Editions, Set #2: Louis Armstrong, 1926–1929

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #2 includes: Cornet Chop Suey, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Hotter Than That, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; West End Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Tight Like This, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five; and Mahogany Hall Stomp, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five.

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