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    Museum Origins Readings in Early Museum History and Philosophy

    ISBN-10: 1598741977
    ISBN-13: 9781598741971
    Author(s): Hugh H. Genoways, Mary Anne Andrei
    Description: With the development of institutions displaying natural science, history, and art in the late 19th century came the debates over the role of these museum in society. This anthology collects 52 of the most important writings on museum philosophy  More...
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    Publisher: Left Coast Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 344
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.254
    Language: English

    With the development of institutions displaying natural science, history, and art in the late 19th century came the debates over the role of these museum in society. This anthology collects 52 of the most important writings on museum philosophy dating from this formative period, written by the many of the American and European founders of the field. Genoways and Andrei contextualize these pieces with a series of introductions showing how the museum field developed within the social environment of the era. For those interested in museum history and philosophy or cultural history, this is an essential resource.

    Hugh H. Genoways is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska State Museum, former editor of the journals Collections and Current Mammology, and past president of American Society of Mammologists.Mary Anne Andrei is Lecturer, Department of History, University of Virginia and a specialist in the history of science. Genoways and Andrei are the founding editors of the journal Museum History.

    Preface
    About the Editors
    Museum Origins
    Geography
    Rerum Rusticarum Libri Tres
    The Life and Times of Anthony Wood, Antiquary, of Oxford, 1632-1695, described by Himself, Collected from his Diaries and Other Papers
    My Design in Forming this Museum
    The Mount Vernon Association
    A Word About Museums
    The History of the Origin and Development of Museums
    Museum Philosophy
    An Address on the Practical Value of the American Museum
    Purposes and Aims of Modern Museums
    The Functions of Museums
    War Museums
    Museums and the People
    State and Local Historical Societies
    On the Ideal Relations of Public Libraries, Museums, and Art Gallery to the City
    The Art Museum and the Public
    English Art Connoisseurship and Collecting
    The New Museum
    The Use and Abuse of Museums
    The Relationships and Responsibilities of Museums
    Modern Museums
    Museum Ideals of Purpose and Method
    The New Museum
    The Museum Conscience
    Museum Ethics
    Museum Education
    The Children's Museum as an Educator
    The Relation of the Museum to the Schools
    If Public Libraries, Why Not Public Museums?
    The Museum in Educational Work
    The Museum, the Original Exponent of Visual Education
    The Function of the Museum Instructor
    Museums and Other Classified Collections as Instruments of Education in Natural Science
    The Place of Museums in Education
    The Museum's Part in the Making of Americans
    The Museum's Educational Credo
    Museum Exhibition
    Museum for the People
    The Improvements Effected in Modern Museums of Europe and Australia
    The Dulness of Museums
    The Anthropological Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History
    Some Principles of Museum Administration
    Modern Exhibitional Tendencies of Museums of Natural History and Ethnology Designed for Public Use
    Museums and Universities
    On the Educational Uses of Museums
    The Social Museum as an Instrument of University Teaching
    The Relation of the Art Museum to a University
    Training Museum Workers
    Museums and Their Purpose
    Philosophy of Museums with Living Collections
    Botanical Gardens
    The Missouri Botanical Garden
    The Arnold Arboretum: What it is and Does
    Zoological Gardens, a Critical Essay
    The Making of a Zoological-park Masterpiece
    Administration of the Public Aquarium
    References
    About the Authors
    Index

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