Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926 (Paperback)

By Steven Conn

University of Chicago Press, 9780226114934, 314pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2000



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.

About the Author

Steven Conn teaches History at The Ohio State University.