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Museums and American intellectual life, 1876-1926

Author: Steven Conn
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Conn's study includes familiar places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences, but he also draws attention to forgotten ones, like the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, once the repository for objects from many turn-of-the-century world's fairs. What emerges from Conn's analysis is that museums of all kinds shared a belief that knowledge resided in the objects themselves. Using what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Conn
ISBN: 0226114929 9780226114927 0226114937 9780226114934
OCLC Number: 38879287
Description: 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Museums and the Late Victorian World 2. "Naked Eye Science": Museums and Natural History 3. Between Science and Art: Museums and the Development of Anthropology 4. The Philadelphia Commercial Museum: A Museum to Conquer the World 5. Objects and American History: The Museums of Henry Mercer and Henry Ford 6. From South Kensington to the Louvre: Art Museums and the Creation of Fine Art 7. 1926: Of Fairs, Museums, and History.
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Examining various museums, this text argues that Americans built the institutions with the confidence that they could collect, organize, and display the sum of the world's knowledge. It discovers how  Read more...

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