Profile profile for ruffinsf
A.B.D., History of American Civilization, Harvard University, 1979
A.B., American History and Literature, Radcliffe College, 1976
- African American history and culture
- Ethnicity and commercial imagery
- 20th-century urban history
- Writing a book on African American collections and museums nationwide. Working title: Finding our Story in the History of the Nation for Smithsonian Press.
Recent selected exhibitions:
- Ralph J. Bunche, NMAH, 2004
- Guest Curator: From Slavery to Freedom, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 2004
- Co-curator: A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico, NMAH, 1998
- Curator: 1848: New Border, New Nation, NMAH, 1998
- Guest curator: From Victory to Freedom, National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio, 1988
- Gave the Frederic Miller Memorial Lecture on Public History, Philadelphia 2003
- American Studies Association: elected National Council Member 2000-2003
- Award for Contribution to Scholarship from the Society of Women and Historic Preservation, 2000
- Twentieth Anniversary Aware from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, 1997
- "Historian: Keeper of the Culture," awarded by the American Women's Heritage Society, 1997
American Studies Assocation, Organization of American Historians, Association of African American Museums, American Association of Museums
Comments on emerging museums of slavery and their efforts to put that history on exhibition.
Analyzes the preservation history of four African American women: Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Maggie Walker, and Madame C. J. Walker.
Brief analysis of issues involved in earlier attempts to put an African American museum on the mall.
Analysis of the images of ethnicity in American advertising,both television and print, between World War II and the Vietnam War.
Comparison of the work in the 1980s and 1990s to found the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and the earlier unsuccessful attempt to pass legislation to put an African American Museum on the Mall.
Brief history of Black efforts to preserve African American history in collections.
Brief analysis of the struggles over control of ethnic images in 20th century U.S.A.
Analysis of the special role that Black women have played in the preservation of African American history.
Detailed analysis of the preservation of objects, folklore, music, governmental records over the 19th and 20th centuries.
Detailed analysis of the relationship between professional historians and "organic historians" of the African American experience.