Research & Collections News
February 10, 2011
Marge McNinch Departs Hagley
After forty years of exemplary service, Marjorie McNinch, Hagley’s extraordinary Reference Archivist, is retiring. It is often said that Marge delivers “the gold standard” of public services, and time and time again, scholars have written to us, celebrating her contribution to their success.
December 7, 2010
The Romance of Commercial Vehicles
Since the beginning of the automotive age, there has been almost no end to the specialization found among commercial vehicles. The business community quickly sought to utilize and profit from the new horseless carriage, yet it took a while for them to truly find their wheels and begin to realize
October 4, 2010
Collecting Iron Furnaces
Since its earliest days, the Hagley Museum and Library has collected records on the iron and steel industry in America. One of the marks of the depth of that effort is that we have collections from not one person, but three people whose hobby was documenting early American iron furnaces.
June 30, 2010
The 1941 DuPont Color Selector
In his book Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America, Steven Gelber points out that prior to 1950 less than one-third of American homeowners painted their own houses. During the 1950s, however, that figure rose to eighty percent. How can this shift be explained?
May 28, 2010
The Changing Workplace: The Brownlee Papers/Dewees Department Store Collection
Experts in generational studies have a wide range of hypotheses about what separates the millennial generation of today from their parents and grandparents, but one theme that commonly emerges concerns manners. Some have argued that young people today lack the polite respect that their predecesso
January 22, 2010
Spotlight on Collections: The Allen D. Cardwell Manufacturing Corporation
In November of 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter made a striking discovery. Buried beneath the ruins of a worker's village, deep in The Valley of the Kings, lay the long-forgotten tomb of King Tutankhamen. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb sparked a craze for all things related to ancient Egypt.