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Curators and culture : the museum movement in America, 1740-1870

Author: Joel J Orosz
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1990.
Series: History of American science and technology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author researched ten museums founded prior to 1870, using primary sources. Those chosen comprised a geographically diverse sample of pre-1870 American museums and covered a range of disciplines,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel J Orosz
ISBN: 0817304754 9780817304751
OCLC Number: 19741546
Description: xii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Thesis, definitions, and structure --
The curio cabinet transplanted to the New World, 1740-1780 --
The moderate enlightenment, 1780-1800: the museum for the respectability --
The didactic enlightenment, 1800-1820: the decline of the respectability --
The age of egalitarianism, 1820-1840: the ideal of popular education --
The age of professionalism, 1840-1860: the scientists lead the way --
The American compromise, 1850-1870: the synthesis of popular education and professionalism --
Epilogue: The American compromise and museum historiography.
Series Title: History of American science and technology series.
Responsibility: Joel J. Orosz.

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"[Orosz's] great virtue is immersion in the records of 11 important 18th and 19th century institutions from the various Peale museums to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the academy of Natural Sciences, and Read more...

 
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