The Museum in America captures the life stories of thirteen visionary museum leaders who helped transform the 19th century's collection of curios into today's institution of public service and education. In the lively style of Museum Masters, Alexander recounts the stories of pioneers in American history, science, art, and general museums. For anyone interested in the history of the museum, this volume is the place to start.
chapter 1 Foreword chapter 2 Introduction: Toward a Definition of the American Museum chapter 3 Henry Fairfield Osborn Develops a Model Natural History Museum chapter 4 Carl Ethan Akeley Perfects the Habitat Group Exhibition chapter 5 Henry Watson Kent Standardizes Functions of the Art Museum chapter 6 Alfred Hamilton Barr Jr. Brings Modern Art to the Museum chapter 7 Reuben Gold Thwaites Makes a Historical Society Reach the People of a State chapter 8 William Sumner Appelton Preserves Important Sites Throughout New England chapter 9 Frank Friedman Oppenheimer Uses Visitors as Part of Museum Experiments chapter 10 Anna Billings Gallup Popularizes the First Children's Museum chapter 11 John Robert Kinard Expands the Neighborhood Museum chapter 12 Katherine Coffey Attracts the Community into a General Museum chapter 13 Charles Sprague Sargent Plants an Outstanding Botanical Garden chapter 14 William Temple Hornaday Founds a Varied and Popular Zoo chapter 15 Paul Joseph Sachs Teaches a Pioneering Course in Museum Studies chapter 16 Epilogue: The American Museum Progresses chapter 17 Index