Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian

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Volume consists of twelve essays on historical, cultural, social, ethical and political questions about how the Smithsonian presents objects to the public, including the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement.


  • Woolworth Corporation
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Air and Space Museum


Smithsonian History Bibliography


Includes bibliographic references and index

Contact information

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


  • 1996
  • 20th century


  • Artifacts
  • Controversies
  • Civil rights movements
  • Museums
  • History
  • Hope diamond
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)
  • Museums--History
  • Museum exhibits
  • Civil rights movements--History
  • Zuni Indians


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)



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Number of pages : 291; Page numbers : 1-285

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