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Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, and Collections, 1817-2017

Kerstin Barndt and Carla M. Sinopoli, editors
Format
Book
Published
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9780472130276 (hardback), 9780472122646 (e-book)
Summary
"Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge explores the museums, libraries, and special collections of the University of Michigan on its bicentennial. Since its inception, U-M has collected and preserved objects: biological and geological specimens; ethnographic and archaeological artifacts; photographs and artistic works; encyclopedia, textbooks, rare books, and documents; and many other items. These vast collections and libraries testify to an ambitious vision of the research university as a place where knowledge is accumulated, shared, and disseminated through teaching, exhibition, and publication. Today, 200 years after the university's founding, museums, libraries, and archives continue to be an important part of U-M, which maintains more than 20 distinct museums, libraries, and collections. Viewed from a historic perspective, they provide a window through which we can explore the transformation of the academy, its public role, and the development of scholarly disciplines over the last two centuries. Even as they speak to important facets of Michigan's history, many of these collections also remain essential to academic research, knowledge production, and object-based pedagogy. Moreover, the university's exhibitions and displays attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per year from the campus, regional, and global communities. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs of these world-renowned collections, this book will appeal to readers interested in the history of museums and collections, the formation of academic disciplines, and of course, the University of Michigan"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Foreword / Mark S. Schlissel
  • Introduction / Carla M. Sinopoli and Kerstin Barndt
  • I. Museum Disciplines and Histories
  • Defining the Vision : Henry Tappan and the Creation of an "Apparatus of Learning" / Francis X. Blouin Jr.
  • The Houghton Geological Survey and the First University Collections / Mackenzie Caple and Brian Williams
  • Museum Building/s, 1841-1900 : Mason Hall and the First University Museum / Kerstin Barndt
  • The Rise and the Fall of the University of Michigan's Medical Museums / Peter M. McIsaac
  • Art and University Education in Transformation : Disciplinary Histories and the University of Michigan Museum of Art / David Choberka
  • Museum Building/s, 1900-2017 / Carla M. Sinopoli
  • II. Collectors, Archivists, and Curators : Biographical Essays
  • Corydon La Ford (1813-94) and the Museum of Anatomy / Martha Girsch
  • Joseph Beal Steere (1842-1940) : Naturalist, Explorer, and Curator / Kerstin Barndt
  • Wilbert B. Hinsdale (1851-1944) and the Beginnings of Michigan Archaeology / Richard I. Ford
  • Francis W. Kelsey (1858-1927) : Shaping Classical Archaeology / John Griffiths Pedley
  • William L. Clements (1861-1934) and His Early Americana Collection / J. Kevin Graffagnino
  • Dean Conant Worcester (1866-1924) : Colonizing and Collecting the Philippines / Mark Rice
  • Margaret Watson Parker (1867-1936) : A Private Passion and a Public Legacy / Carole McNamara
  • Agnes Inglis (1870-1952) and the Birth of a Radical Archive / Julie Herrada
  • Ermine Cowles Case (1871-1953) : Pioneer of Paleontology / Philip D. Gingerich
  • Alexander G. Ruthven (1882-1971) : Envisioning the Modern Research Museum / Rachel Miller
  • Harley Harris Bartlett (1886-1960) : Visionary Botanical Scholar / David Michener and Tony Reznicek
  • Lewis G. Vander Velde (1890-1975) : Michigan's Archive Builder / Brian Williams
  • Walter N. Koelz (1895-1989) and Rup Chand (1902-94) : Partners in Asian Collecting / Carla M. Sinopoli Richard Barnes / Taking Inventory with an essay by Amanda Krugliak
  • III. Museums, Libraries, and Collections
  • 1. Museums and Collections
  • Detroit Observatory : 1854-2017 / Bentley Historical Library staff
  • Museum of Natural History : 1956-2017 / Amy Harris and Lori Ann Dick
  • Museum of Zoology : 1913-2017 / Priscilla Tucker
  • Museum of Paleontology : 1928-2017 / Daniel C. Fisher
  • Herbarium : 1921-2017 / Christopher W. Dick
  • Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (Museum of Anthropology) : 1922-2017 / Carla M. Sinopoli
  • Kelsey Museum of Archaeology : 1928-2017 / Christopher Ratte
  • Museum of Art : 1856-2017 / Emily Talbot and Pamela Reister
  • Nichols Arboretum : 1906-2017 / Robert E. Grese
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens : 1906-2017 / David Michener
  • Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments : 1898-2017 / Christopher Dempsey
  • Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry : 1992-2017 / Shannon O'Dell
  • 2. Libraries
  • The University Library's Special Collections : 1899-2017 / Martha O'Hara Conway
  • Bentley Historical Library : 1938-2017 / Brian Williams
  • William L. Clements Library : 1923-2017 / Cheney J. Schopieray
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum : 1981-2017 / Elaine K. Didier
  • Law Library : 1859-2017 / Barbara H. Garavaglia
  • 3. Other Art Collections
  • Ross School of Business Art Collection : 1975-2017 / Kathleen Splaine Dolan
  • School of Social Work, Collection of Artworks : 1998-2017 / Lisa Raycraft
  • University of Michigan Health System, Gifts of Art : 1986-2017 / Elaine Sims
  • University of Michigan Public Art : 1846-2017 / Kristy Demas and Liz Barry.
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Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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