Public History Reading List

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Public History Readers

      Frisch, Michael.  A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and

      Public History (1990)

      Gardner, James and Peter LaPaglia. Public History: Essays from the Field (1999)

      Kean, Hilda and Paul Martin. The Public History Reader (2013)

      Tyrrell, Ian. Historians in Public: The Practice of American History, 1890-1970 (2005)

Public History Theory

      Abrams, Lynn. Oral History Theory (2010)

      Cohen, Daniel. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (2005)

      Rosenzweig, Roy. Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age (2011)

      Freeman, Nina Simon. The Participatory Museum (2010)

      Robert Kelley, “Public History: Its Origins, Nature, and Prospects,” The Public Historian, Vol. 1 (Fall 1978): 16-28

     Katherine T. Corbett and Howard S. Dick Miller “A Shared Inquiry into Shared Inquiry,” The Public Historian 28.1 (2006): 15-38

     Perks, Robert and Alistair Thomson, ed., The Oral History Reader (2006)

     Steven C. Dubin, “Battle Royal: The Final Mission of the Enola Gay,” in Displays of Power: Controversy in the American Museum from   the Enola Gay to Sensation (1999)

Public History and the United States  

      Adair, Bill. Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World (2011)

      Bodnar, Jon.  Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century (1993)

      Bruggeman, Seth C. Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument     (2008)

      Doss, Erika. Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010)

      Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life (2001)

      Gordon, Tammy. Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life (2010)

      Kohn, Richard. “History and the Culture Wars: The Case of the Smithsonian Institution’s Enola Gay Exhibit.” Journal of American History

      Lepore, Jill. The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History (2010)

      Lilenthal, Edward J. and Tom Engelhardt, eds.  History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past (1996)

      Linenthal, Edward. Sacred Ground: Americans and their Battlefields (1993)

     Rosenzweig, Roy and David Thelen. The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (2013 edition)

     Savage, Kirk. Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (2009)

     Tilden, Freeman. Interpreting our Heritage (2008)

     Tyrell, Ian. Historians in Public: The Practice of American History, 1890-1970 (2005)

     Wallace, Mike.  Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory (1996)

Public History and the City

     Alexiou, Alice S. Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary (2006)

     Kruse, Kevin M. and Gyan Prakash, ed. The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life (2008)

    Goetz, Edward G. New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice, and Public House Policy (2013)

    Hanchett, Thomas W. Sorting Out the New South: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 (1998)

    Hayden, Dolores, The Power of Place: Urban Landscape as Public History (2006)

    Hurley, Andrew. Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities (2010)

    Huyssen, Andreas. Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003)

    Lewis, Catherine. The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American Museum (2005)

    Mrozowski, Stephen A. Living on the Boot: Historical Archaeology at the Boot Mills Boardinghouses of Lowell Massachusetts (1996)

    Stanton, Cathy. The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City (2006)

    Vale, Lawrence J. Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities (2013)

    Zipp, Samuel. Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York (2012)

Public History and Medicine

    Bentham, Jeremy. The Panopticon Writings (2011)

    Foucault, Michael. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1995)

    Thomas, Nancy. The Art of Asylum-Keeping: Thomas Story Kirkbridge and the Origins of American Psychiatry (1994)

    Ziff, Katherine. Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape (2012)

Public History and American Indians

    Biolsi, Thomas.  Ed.  Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the Critique of Anthropology  (1997)

    Chamberlain, Charles. “Interpreting Native American History at Public History Institutions: The Louisiana State Museum’s New Traveling    Exhibit as a Case Study.” Native South (2010)

    Jacoby, Karl.  Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves and the Hidden History of American Conservation  (2003)

    Keller, Robert H. and Michael Turek.  American Indians and National Parks (1998)

    LaGrand, James. “Whose Voices Count?  Oral Sources and Twentieth-Century American Indian.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal (1997)

    Lonetree, Amy and Amanda J. Cobb. The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (2008)

   Thomas, David Hurst.  Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity (2000)

   West, W. Richard.  Ed.  The Changing Presentation of the American Indian: Museums and Native Cultures (2000)

Public History and African Americans

    Burns, Andrea. From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement (2013)

    Handler, Richard. The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg (1997)

    Horton, James Oliver. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory (2006)

    Savage, Kirk. Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth Century America (1999)

    Wilson, Mabel. Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012)

Public History and Material Culture                   

Ames, Ken. Death in the Dining Room & Other Tales of Victorian Culture (1995)

Brown, Kathleen. Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America (2009)

Coski, John. The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem (2005)

Deetz, James. In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life (1977)

Glassie, Henry. Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States (1969)

Herman, Bernard L. Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830 (2005)

Jaffee, David. A New Nation of Goods: The Material Culture of Early America (2010)

Kammen, Michael. Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (2010)

Lubar, Steven and David Kingery, History from Things: Essays on Material Culture (1995)

Martin, Ann Smart. Buying Into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia  (2008)

McWilliams, James E. A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (2005)

McInnis, Maurie, The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston (2005)

Miller, Daniel. Stuff (2010)

Prown, Jules. American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture (2000) Thomas Schlereth. Material Cultural Studies in America: An Anthology (1982)

Ulrich, Laurel T. The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (2001)

Vlach, John Michael. Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery (1993)

West, Patricia. Domesticating History: The Political Origins of America’s House Museums (1999)

White, Sophia. Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana (2012)

Public History and Memory

Baker, Bruce. What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South (2007)

Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001)

Bruggeman, Seth. Born in the USA: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory (2012)

Dickinson, Greg. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials (2010)

Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1999)

Levin, Amy. Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Community (2007)

Janney, Caroline E. Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconstruction (2013)

Linenthal, Edward T. Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum (1997)

Linenthal, Edward T.  and Tom Engelhardt. History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past (1996)

Marshall, Anne. Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State (2010)

Shackel, Paul. Memory in Black and White: Race, Commemoration, and the Post-bellum Landscape (2003)

Stabile, Susan. Memory’s Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth Century America (2004)

Sturken, Marita. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2007)

Swanson, Drew. Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape (2012)

Tyson, Amy. The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History’s Front Lines (2013)

Public History and the Landscape

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space (1969)

Hoskin, W.G. The Making of the English Landscape (1955)

Kyvig, David E. and Myron A. Marty. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You (2010)

Massey, Doreen B. For Space (2005)

Soja, Edward W. Seeking Spatial Justice (2010)

Tuan, Yi-Fu. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience (2001)

Tuan, Yi-Fu. Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values (1974)

Tuan, Yi-Fu. “Geopiety: A Theme in Man’s Attachment to Nature and Place,” in Geographies of the Mind: Essays on Historical Geosopby ed. David Lowenthal, Oxford University Press, 1976.

Public History and Sports

Daryl Adair, “Where the Games never cease: The Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, B. W. Ritchie & D. Adair (Eds.), Sport Tourism: Interrelationships, Impacts and Issues, pp. 46-76. North York, ON: Channel View Publications, 2004.

Cathy Adams and Kevin Wamsley, “Moments of Silence in Shallow Halls of Greatness: The Hockey Hall of Fame and the Politics of Representation,” In Colin D. Howell (Ed.), Putting It on Ice: Women’s Hockey-Gender Issues On and Off the Ice, pp.13-18. Halifax, N.S.: Gorsebrook Research Institute, 2005.

Michelle Bergadaà, ‘Le Musée Olympique: la structuration d’un objet culturel à caractère universel à l’aide d’enquêtes qualitatives,’ In 8th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (3-6 July). Montréal: Aimac, 2005.

Blinde, E. M. and McCallister, S. G., “Observations in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: doing gender in Cooperstown,” Research quarterly for exercise and sport, 74(3), 301-312, 2003.

John Bloom, “Sports Nostalgia and the Post Industrial City: The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum,” Journal of Sport History, 30, 265-270, 2003.

Brittain, I., Ramshaw, G., & Gammon, S., “The marginalisation of Paralympic heritage,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19(2), 171-185, 2013.

Burris, S., “She got game, but she don’t got fame,” In L. K. Fuller (Ed.), Sport, rhetoric, and gender: Historical perspectives and media representations, pp. 85-96, New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Butterworth, M. L., “Militarism and memorializing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 9(3), 241-258, 2012.

Callis, C. The role, place and purpose of Olympic museums within National Olympic Committees. (Masters thesis, Faculté des Sciences du Sport, Université de Poitiers, France.)

Canevacci, M., “The anthropological interpretation of sport: a task for museums,” Museum International, 43(2), 74-76, 1991.

Crawford, S. A. G. M., “England’s Rugby Museums,” Journal of Sport History, 27(2), 311-316, 2000.

Crawford, S. A. G. M., “The Sports Museum of Finland,” Journal of Sport History, 33(2), 248-251, 2006.

Crawford, S. A. G. M., “Football Club Barcelona Museum,” Journal of Sport History, 40(3), 480-482, 2013.

Danilov, V. J., “Halls of Fame: An American Phenomenon,” Curator: The Museum Journal, 29(4), 245-258, 1986.

Danilov, V. J., Hall of Fame Museums: A reference guide (1997)

Dawsey, J., “Empty Feeling at Hall of Fame,” Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition, p. A3, July 17, 2013.

Doyle, A., “The Negro League Baseball Museum,” The Public Historian, 27(4), 111-113, 2005.

Durry J., “Sports in a museum? Museum,” 170(2), 63-67, 1991.

Evans, H., “National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame launched,” New York Amsterdam News. p. 44, September 6, 2001.

Fairley, S., and Gammon, S., “Something lived, something learned: Nostalgia's expanding role in sport tourism,” Sport in Society, 8(2), 182-197, 2005.

Findlay, D. W. and Reid, C. E., “Jackie Robinson and the Baseball Hall of Fame,” In A. Hall & P. M. Rutkoff (Eds.), The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 1997 (Jackie Robinson), Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2000.

Findlay, D. W., and Reid, C. E., “Voting behavior, discrimination and the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” Economic Inquiry, 35(3), 562-578, 1997.

Frost, W., “The sustainability of sports heritage attractions: lessons from the Australian Football League Hall of Fame,” Journal of Sport Tourism, 10(4), 295-305, 2005.

Gammon, S., and Ramshaw, G. (Eds.), Heritage, sport, and tourism: Sporting Pasts –Tourist Futures (2013)

Gems, G. R. and Pfister, G., “Sports Museum of America,” Journal of Sport History,35(3), 517-519, 2008.

Gems, G. R. and Pfister, G., “Sportimonium,” Journal of Sport History, 36(3), 442-443, 2009.

Gems, G. R., “National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame,” Journal of Sport History, 33(1), 122, 2006.

Gibson, H. J., “Active sport tourism: who participates?” Leisure Studies, 17(2), 155-170, 1998.

Gietschier, S., “The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame,” Journal Of Sport History, 31(2), 246-248, 2004.

Hill, J., Moore, K., and Wood, J. (Eds.), Sport, history, and heritage: Studies in public representation (2012)

Huggins, M., “The sporting gaze: towards a visual turn in sports history–documenting art and sport,” Journal of Sport History, 35(2), 311-29, 2008.

Ingram, L. J., “The Spirit of the Cowgirl in the 21st Century: An Exploration of Women's Responses to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame,” Tourism Review International, 12(2), 115-128, 2008.

Jable, T., “Museums and media: United States Golf Association, Golf House, Museum and Library,” Journal of Sport History, 19(2) p. 188-191, 1992.

Jable, T., “The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center,” Journal of Sport History, 30(2), 271-273, 2003.

James, B., Whatever happened to the Hall of Fame? Baseball, Copperstown, and the politics of glory (1995)

Jewell, R. T., Brown, R. W., and Miles, S. E., “Measuring discrimination in major league baseball: evidence from the baseball hall of fame,” Applied Economics, 34(2), 167-177, 2002.

Kellett, P., “Sport museums: Marketing to engage consumers in sport heritage,” In R. Rentschler, A.-M. Hede (Eds), Museum marketing: competing in the global marketplace, pp. 104-113, Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007.

Kelly, J. D., “Making the world safe for Baseball: Reflections on internationalism in Cooperstown and the World Baseball Classic,” International Journal of The History Of Sport, 24(2), 215-237, 2007.

Kidd, B., “The Making of a Hockey Artifact: A review of the Hockey Hall of Fame,” Journal of Sport History, 23(3), 328-334, 1996.

Kidd, B., “Missing: Women from sports halls of fame - a women’s sports hall of fame?” In, P. Donnelly (Ed.), Taking sport seriously: Social issues in Canadian sport, Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing, 1997.

Kidd, B., and Zeman, B., “The Public History of Sports: A Critical Look at Sports Halls of Fame,” North American Society for Sport History Proceedings, 17-19, 1994.

Knott, R., and Harrison, C. K., “The College Football Hall of Fame,” Journal of Sport History, 25(1), 152-156, 1998.

Kohe, G. Z., “Civic representations of sport history: the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame,” Sport in Society, 13(10), 1498-1515, 2010.

Kossuth, R., and Adams, C. “Reflections on Critical Sport History in the Museum: Opportunities and Challenges from a Local/Regional Project,” Journal of Sport History, 40(2), 285-295, 2013.

Kurtzman, J., “Sports tourism categories,” Journal of Sport Tourism, 10(1), 15-20, 2005.

Linkugel, W. A., and Pappas, E. J., They Tasted Glory: Among the Missing at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1998.

Liu, S-Y. et al. “On Constructing the Virtual Museum for Ethnic Minority Traditional Sports,” Journal of Chengdu Sport University, 12, 2009.

Mangan, G. (2013). Underrepresented cultural groups. In G. Mangan, Entering Sacred Ground: Public History at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, pp.144-183. (Doctoral dissertation, Arizona State University).

Méadel, C., Clastres, P., & Porte, P., ‘Le musée national du sport,’ Le Temps des médias, (2), 263-266, 2008.

Merle, S., ‘Le stade Geoffroy Guichard de Saint-Étienne, un “monument” du sport local?’ Géocarrefour, 79(3), 3-3, 2004.

Moore, K., “Sports heritage and the re‐imaged city: the National Football Museum, Preston,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, 14(4), 445-461, 2008.

Moore, K., “Sport History, Public History, and Popular Culture: A Growing Engagement,” Journal of Sport History, 40(1), 39-55, 2013.

Morawinska-Brzezicka, M., “Les musées des sports dans le monde/Sports museums throughout the world,” Revue Olympique/Olympic Review, 44, 265-272, 1971.

Mullan, H., The American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame-1972-2009 (2010)

Nathan, D. A., “The International Boxing Hall of Fame Museum,” Journal of Sport History, 25, 157-159, 1998.

Newman, R., “The American church of baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, 10(1), 46-63, 2001.

Norden, G., “Austrian Sport Museums,” Journal of Sport History, 28(1), 87-107, 2001.

Osmond, G., and Phillips, M. G., “Enveloping the past: sport stamps, visuality and museums,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 28(8-9), 1138-1155, 2011.

Pahud, J. F., “Combining art, culture and sport in an Olympic museum,” Museum International, 43(2), 102-103, 1991.

Phillips, M. G., “A Historian in the Museum: Story Spaces and Australia's Sporting Past,” Australian Historical Studies, 41(3), 396-408, 2010.

Phillips, M. G. (Ed.), Representing the sporting past in museums and halls of fame (2012)

Phillips, M. G., and Tinning, R., “Not just 'a book on the wall': pedagogical work, museums and representing the sporting past,” Sport, Education & Society, 16(1), 51-65, 2011.

Phillips, M. G., Osmond, G., and Morgan, S., “Indigenous sport and heritage: Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum,” Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9(3), 1-16, 2014.

Pope, S. W., “Sports Films and Hall of Fame Museums: An Editorial Introduction,” Journal of Sport History, 23, 309-312, 1996.

Primm, E., Regoli, R. M., and Hewitt, J. D., “Does membership have its rewards? The effects of race and hall of fame membership on football card values,” Sociological Spectrum, 26(4), 369-385, 2006.

Prystupa, S., “Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto,” Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle, 41(1), 1995.

Ramshaw, G., “Living heritage and the sports museum: athletes, legacy and the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum, Canada Olympic Park,” Journal of Sport & Tourism, 15(1), 45-70, 2010.

Ramshaw, G., “Sport, heritage, and tourism,” Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9(3), 191-196, 2014.

Ramshaw, G., and Gammon, S., “More than just nostalgia? Exploring the heritage/sport tourism nexus,” Journal of sport tourism, 10(4), 229-241, 2005.

Rassool, C., & Slade, V., “‘Fields of Play’: the District Six Museum and the history of football in Cape Town,” Soccer & Society, 13(2), 188-206, 2012.

Rayl, S. J., “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” Journal of Sport History, 31(1),  117-121, 2004.

Redmond, G., “A plethora of shrines: Sport in the museum and hall of fame,” Quest, 19(1), 41-48, 1973.

Renson, R., “Le retour des sports et des jeux traditionnels,’ Museum International (Edition Francaise), 43(2), 77-81, 1991.

Rolim Silva, L. H., Gerber, H. D., Al Mohammadi, M. Y., and Al Abdullah, R., Sport museums and the practical uses of research, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, 2012.

Siegman, J., Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame (4th ed.), Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc., 2005.

Snyder, E. E., “Sociology of nostalgia: Sport halls of fame and museums in America,” Sociology of Sport Journal, 8(3), 228-38, 1991.

Tatz, C. and Tatz, P., Black Gold: The Aboriginal and Islander sports hall of fame (2000)

Vail, J. F., The road to Cooperstown: A critical history of baseball’s Hall of Fame selection process (2001)

Vamplew, W., “Facts and artefacts: Sports historians and sports museums,” Journal of Sport History, 25, 268-282, 1998.

Vamplew, W., “Taking a Gamble or a Racing Certainty: Sports Museums and Public Sports History,” Journal of sport history, 31(2), 177, 2004.

Washington, H. and Soderberg, P. (Eds), The Big book of halls of fame in the United States and Canada (1977)

Watt, P., “National Sports Museum: Sport and War,” Ethos, 18(2), 26, 2010.

Wood, J., “Olympic opportunity: Realizing the value of sports heritage for tourism in the UK,” Journal of Sport Tourism, 10(4), 307-321, 2005.

Young, W. A., II, Holland, W. S., and Weckman, G. R., “Determining hall of fame status for major league baseball using an artificial neural network,” Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 4(4), 2008.

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