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Diane Wendt


B.A., College of William and Mary, 1982

Research Specialties: 

History of pharmacy, vaccines and biologicals, contraception, botanical drugs, patent medicines, consumer health products, manufacturing and advertising.


Current Projects:

  • Antibodies Initiative, web catalog exploring antibody technologies including vaccines, diagnostics and drugs, associated programs and new collecting
  • In Sickness and In Health, exhibition in progress, opening Summer 2021

Past Projects:

  • Modern Medicine and the Great War, exhibition, April 2017- January 2019
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products in the Medicine and Science Collections, web catalog
  • Science Under Glass, exhibition, September 2015-September 2016
  • From DNA to Better Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, collaborative exhibition with the National Library of Medicine, opening Oct 2013 at NLM
  • The Birth of Biotech, exhibition, opening October 2013
  • "So Much Need of Service" The Diary of a Civil War Nurse, exhibition, 2011
  • Marketing Medicines, 1880-1930, exhibition, 2008
  • Whatever Happened to Polio? exhibition, 2005
  • Balm of America, web catalog of patent medicine collection
  • History of the Sterling Drug Company
  • History of the G.W. Aimar Drug Company of Charleston, S.C.
  • Pharmaceutical archival collections at the Smithsonian
  • Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 20th Century exhibition, 1996-7
Professional Affiliations: 

American Association for the History of Medicine
American Institute for the History of Pharmacy


"The Pharmacy Collections" with Eric W. Jentsch. Caduceus. (Winter 1997, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp.33–42).

A brief history of the pharmacy collections at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Changing in Place: Public Spaces on the National Mall" companion piece to the exhibition "Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 20th Century" (1996).

This brochure, based on an 1875 panoramic photo, provides a brief history of the design of the National Mall.