May 21, 2018
Seeing the Whole Train Station
In the nineteenth century, where a train stopped was as important as where it went. My dissertation focuses not on the long lines that bound the continent together, but the large urban train stations that spread over acres of American cities in the late 1800s.
April 23, 2018
From Buildings to Coffins: Uncovering the Hidden History of Concrete
Concrete—a medium created by mixing cement, aggregate and water—is the second most consumed material after water. It is also one of the most common materials in our daily lives. But, by and large, we take concrete for granted. I came to Hagley on a
October 23, 2017
Philanthropy, Profit, and Paper
Paper is the flesh of the archive. It can be so familiar that the sensitive researcher can sometimes date a collection by smell and feel. Light must and cardboard—within the last fifty years. Damp, heady, sharp, nearly chemical fumes—we’re in much older territory.