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This guide is designed to support research and coursework in Public History.
This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.
Public History Books
Contesting History: Narratives of public history
Call Number: D16.163 .B533 2014 (4th floor)
From book summary: "Using a global, non-Western model, Jeremy Black examines the employment of history by the state, the media, the national collective memory and others and considers its fundamental significance in how we understand the past."
Letting Go? Sharing historical authority in a user-generated world
Call Number: CD950 .L488 2011, 4th floor
Investigates path-breaking public history practices at a time when the traditional expertise of museums seems challenged. Offers concrete examples and models for institutions of all sizes and budgets. Sample chapter title: "Thought piece: Participatory design and the future of museums" by Nina Simon.
Past Meets Present: Essays about historic interpretation and public audiences
Call Number: D16.163 .P37 1987, 4th floor
The Public History Reader
Call Number: D16.163 .P85 2013, 4th floor
Introduces debates in public history as it places people--such as practitioners, bloggers, archivists, local historians, curators or those working in education--at the heart of history-making. Explores public history as an everyday practice rather than simply as an academic discipline: the idea that historical knowledge is discovered and accrued from everyday encounters people have with their environments and the continuing dialogue that the present has with the past.
A Shared Authority: Essays on the craft and meaning of oral and public history
Call Number: D16.14 .F75 1990, 4th floor
History Out of Joint: Essays on the Use and Abuse of History
Call Number: D16.9 .C58 2006, 4th floor
Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation
Call Number: Read Online - Or print is available: D16.163 .C66 2009, 4th floor
Contested Histories in Public Space brings multiple perspectives to bear on historical narratives presented to the public in museums, monuments, texts, and festivals around the world. Contributors delve into representations of contested histories at such "sites" as a British Library exhibition on the East India Company, a Rio de Janeiro shantytown known as "the cradle of samba," the Ellis Island immigration museum, and high-school history textbooks in Ecuador.
An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the history of the Enola Gay
Call Number: D767.25.H6 H348 1996, 4th floor
The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's attempt to mount an exhibit featuring the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, broke down in a firestorm of controversy. Harwit's beautifully written and extensively documented book tells what really happened, from the initial decision to restore Enola Gay, through the breakdown of cooperation.