The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
An article that explores the use of American manifest records to record the history of trade with China.
A short review of objects on view at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art that explicate the idea of home.
A history of collecting and exhibiting art photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations highlight objects and past exhibitions from the NMAH collections.
Summary of the exhibition of the first photographic salon in the United States, and the beginnings of the national collection of photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations of images shown at the 1896 salon now in the NMAH collections.
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.
Popular interest news feature on the public reaction to digital watches when they were first introduced in the 1970s.
Survey of three independent teams in the United States, Switzerland and Japan that invented the first electronic quartz wristwatches.
Web site exploring the global competition to develop the first quartz electronic wristwatches in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Sidebar article on the application of liquid crystal display technology in digital watches in the 1970s.
An analysis of the Lemelson Center's Nobel laureate video history documentation project (2000-2003) which explores laureates' youthful inspirations, views on creativity and innovation, and social visions.
This is an anlaysis of the symbolic use of the incandescent lamp in religious writings, cartoons, art (including Picasso's Guernica).
There are over 1500 entries in this international survey, with author and subject indexes.
Edison was supported in his work at Menlo Park by a number of assistants. This is an analysis of their backgrounds and their reasons for coming and leaving.
These are short, pointed essays in a book that provides a definitive account of Edison's invention.
A discussion of the history of these museums, followed by a bibliography (partially annotated).
Comments on ways that private collections have affected the development of public institutions.
Experiments with Bell's instruments (and reproductions of them), combined with remarks made in his notebooks, provide fresh insights into the origins of his invention.