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Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926

by Steven Conn

  • ISBN: 9780226114934
  • ISBN10: 0226114937

Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926

by Steven Conn

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780226114934
  • ISBN10: 0226114937
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Description: During the last half of the nineteenth century, many of the country's most celebrated museums were built. In this original and daring study, Steven Conn argues that Americans, endowed with the belief that knowledge resided in objects themselves, built these institutions with the confidence that they could collect, organize, and display the sum of the world's knowledge. Conn discovers how museums gave definition to different bodies of knowledge and how these various museums helped to shape America's intellectual history.
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