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Museum Origins
Readings in Early Museum History and Philosophy
Hugh H. Genoways (Editor); Mary Anne Andrei (Editor)
344 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Apr, 2008
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The museum profession began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With the development of institutions displaying natural science, history, and art were the debates over the role of these museums
"Museum Origins is a welcome addition to the museological literature, providing mostly short excerpts of both well-known and obscure writings from a crucial period in museum history. … For readers interested in museum history there are delightful rewards in browsing Museum Origins as a starting point for exploration."

- George Hein, Visitor Studies

"Museum Origins: Readings in Early Museum History and Philosophy offers a compelling assortment of writings by early luminaries in the museum administration field…. In the aggregate, these writings demonstrate the theoretical basis for museums as important cultural and educational institutions, yet individually they tend to address the practical, ground-level explorations at the heart of all cultural and scientific studies. In any case, the book’s editors have compiled an indispensable sourcebook for those wanting to become acquainted with the museum’s transition from an institution of sensational curiosities to one of scientific rigor and social virtue. "

- Bradley J. Wiles, The American Archivist

in society. This essential anthology collects 50 of the most important writings on museum philosophy dating from this formative period, written by many of the American and European founders of the field. Genoways and Andrei contextualize these pieces with a series of introductions that show how the museum field developed within the social environment of the era. For those interested in museum history and philosophy or cultural history, this is an indispensable resource.

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