'A Very Special Relationship': SHOT and the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology

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Summary

Traces the founding of the Society for the History of Technology in 1958 and its relationship to the Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) at the Smithsonian. Post focuses on the role of founder Melvin Kranzberg and his relationships to Robert Multhauf, Daniel Boorstin and Brooke Hindle, directors of the museum. He links the founding of SHOT with other 1950s developments, including the legislation creating the Museum of History and Technology in 1955 and the critical mass of scholars of technology that subsequently developed there. He also address support of the journal Technology and Culture by the NMAH and traces changing attitudes towards technology in American society.

Subject

  • Boorstin, Daniel J (Daniel Joseph) 1914-
  • Multhauf, Robert P
  • Hindle, Brooke
  • Kranzberg, Melvin
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Technology and Culture Journal of the Society for the History of Technology

Category

Smithsonian History Bibliography

Contained within

Technology and Culture 42:3 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 2001

Topic

  • Professional associations
  • History of Technology

Physical description

Number of pages : 35; Page numbers : 401-435

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