The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
Describes office furnishings and machines developed in response to the growing needs of an expanding federal bureaucracy.
Survey of historically significant typewriters and calculators in Smithsonian collections for a German audience.
Brief survey of time signals distributed by telegraph, with special emphasis on the Harvard College Observatory.
Booklet that accompanied a temporary NMAH exhibition of the same name.
Book that accompanies the NMAH exhibition of the same title.
Essay on the relationship of object and archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution, with special emphasis on recent collecting.
Web site article exploring the shift from pocket watches to wristwatches in the early 20th century, and the subsequent shift to electronic timekeeping in the 1970s.
Essay on the battles involved in presenting the history of science in an exhibition at the National Museum of American History during the “culture wars.”
Key themes and objects in NMAH exhibition Science in American Life for a German audience.
Essay on the experience and utility of recording operating machinery and employee interviews for documenting technical, nonverbal thinking.
Highlights booklet containing photos and descriptions of twenty of the most interesting clocks in the collections of the Smithsonian.
A history of society's changing perceptions, values, actions, and laws pertaining to wetland environments in the United States.
A historical assessment of President Ronald Reagan’s environmental record.
Examines the various ways in which the U.S. Congress has used hearings to receive, question, and debate scientific and technical information.
Reflections on how popular opinions about the appropriate role of public enterprises have devolved since the founding of the American Public Works Association in 1937, and how historical inquiry can contribute to society’s understanding of this trend and its consequences.
A biographical sketch of the civil engineer involved in the design and construction of several major suspension bridges in the United States, including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
An evaluation of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ sesquicentennial exhibition, which explores the profound—and frequently unappreciated—contributions of public works to the functioning of modern society.
A historical overview of the U.S. Congress’s growing dependency on scientific and technical advice, and the methods by which it has sought to obtain reliable, independent information.
Discusses how and why environmental history should be integrated into exhibitions developed at both cultural and scientific institutions. The essay is a revised version of the author’s presidential address before the American Society for Environmental History.
An examination of the policy issues and debates that shaped the relationship between government and science in the United States since 1940. Special attention is paid to the evolution of science policy planning mechanisms, along with the ongoing development of Executive agency science programs and the periodic attempts to coordinate the nation’s overall research efforts.
A review essay of Dennis L. Soden’s edited book, The Environmental Presidency, which deals with the changing attitudes and actions toward natural resources among America’s chief executives.
A history of the evolving instrumentation needs of science and the various programs proposed and/or put in place by the federal government to help meet those needs.
A biographical sketch of the civil engineer best known for his work on the Panama Canal.