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
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