Museum Origins: Readings in Early Museum History and Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-15
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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
About the Editorsp. 11
Museum Originsp. 13
Geographyp. 15
Rerum Rusticarum Libri Tresp. 17
The Life and Times of Anthony Wood, Antiquary, of Oxford, 1632-1695, described by Himself, Collected from his Diaries and Other Papersp. 19
My Design in Forming this Museump. 23
The Mount Vernon Associationp. 29
A Word About Museumsp. 33
The History of the Origin and Development of Museumsp. 39
Museum Philosophyp. 49
An Address on the Practical Value of the American Museump. 51
Purposes and Aims of Modern Museumsp. 57
The Functions of Museumsp. 61
War Museumsp. 65
Museums and the Peoplep. 69
State and Local Historical Societiesp. 73
On the Ideal Relations of Public Libraries, Museums, and Art Gallery to the Cityp. 79
The Art Museum and the Publicp. 83
English Art Connoisseurship and Collectingp. 91
The New Museump. 97
The Use and Abuse of Museumsp. 99
The Relationships and Responsibilities of Museumsp. 111
Modern Museumsp. 125
Museum Ideals of Purpose and Methodp. 129
The New Museump. 137
The Museum Consciencep. 143
Museum Ethicsp. 147
Museum Educationp. 153
The Children's Museum as an Educatorp. 155
The Relation of the Museum to the Schoolsp. 161
If Public Libraries, Why Not Public Museums?p. 165
The Museum in Educational Workp. 171
The Museum, the Original Exponent of Visual Educationp. 175
The Function of the Museum Instructorp. 179
Museums and Other Classified Collections as Instruments of Education in Natural Sciencep. 183
The Place of Museums in Educationp. 187
The Museum's Part in the Making of Americansp. 191
The Museum's Educational Credop. 195
Museum Exhibitionp. 199
Museum for the Peoplep. 201
The Improvements Effected in Modern Museums of Europe and Australiap. 209
The Dulness of Museumsp. 217
The Anthropological Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural Historyp. 225
Some Principles of Museum Administrationp. 231
Modern Exhibitional Tendencies of Museums of Natural History and Ethnology Designed for Public Usep. 241
Museums and Universitiesp. 249
On the Educational Uses of Museumsp. 251
The Social Museum as an Instrument of University Teachingp. 257
The Relation of the Art Museum to a Universityp. 261
Training Museum Workersp. 265
Museums and Their Purposep. 269
Philosophy of Museums with Living Collectionsp. 275
Botanical Gardensp. 277
The Missouri Botanical Gardenp. 283
The Arnold Arboretum: What it is and Doesp. 289
Zoological Gardens, a Critical Essayp. 293
The Making of a Zoological-park Masterpiecep. 297
Administration of the Public Aquariump. 303
Referencesp. 307
About the Authorsp. 319
Indexp. 339
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