Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926 / Edition 1

Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926 / Edition 1

by Steven Conn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226114937

ISBN-13: 9780226114934

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


During the last half of the nineteenth century, many of the country's most celebrated museums were built. In this impressive study, Steven Conn argues that Americans, endowed with the belief that knowledge resided in objects themselves, built these institutions with the confidence that they could collect, organize, and display the sum of the world's knowledge.…  See more details below

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During the last half of the nineteenth century, many of the country's most celebrated museums were built. In this impressive study, Steven Conn argues that Americans, endowed with the belief that knowledge resided in objects themselves, built these institutions with the confidence that they could collect, organize, and display the sum of the world's knowledge. Conn describes how museums gave definition to different areas of scholarship, and how they occupied a central place in America's intellectual life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226114934
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
746,993
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Museums and the Late Victorian World3
2"Naked Eye Science": Museums and Natural History32
3Between Science and Art: Museums and the Development of Anthropology75
4The Philadelphia Commercial Museum: A Museum to Conquer the World115
5Objects and American History: The Museums of Henry Mercer and Henry Ford151
6From South Kensington to the Louvre: Art Museums and the Creation of Fine Art192
71926: Of Fairs, Museums, and History233
Notes263
Index295

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