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Museum Studies

This guide highlights print and online sources useful for research in museum studies.

Primary Sources on Museum Studies at Gelman Library

Museum Studies Department Records

The Museum Studies department of The George Washington University, was founded in 1976 by a committee of University professors consisting of Dr. Humphery from Anthropology, Dr. MacDonald from Art History, and Dr. Mergen from American Studies. The University was one of the first graduate schools to establish a museum studies based program. Materials in this collection include departmental history, sample exams, reports, course proposals, conferences, meeting minutes, syllabi, National Park Service Workshops, and Taiwan Project. They range in dates from 1976 to 2002.

James Moore Goode (1939-) is the author of numerous books relating to Washington, D.C. history, and earned his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in 1995. From 1970 to 1988 he served as Curator for the Smithsonian Institution Building, and was responsible for the planning, organizing, and directing of extensive restorations to the historic Castle building. He also prepared and presented lectures and tours of the building for scholars, docents, and the general public, and organized exhibits. Since 1988 he has been a consultant in fine arts and architectural history, and served on the board of directors for two historic house museums: the Ruthmere in Elkhart, Indiana, and the Decatur House in Washington, D.C. During that time he researched and prepared five exhibitions for the Kiplinger Washington Editors art gallery and one for the National Building Museum.

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Beyond Gelman

Smithsonian Institution Museum Studies and Reference Library

"The Museum Studies & Reference Library (MSRL) is one of the largest sources of library, information, and bibliographic services available to museum professionals and researchers in the United States. MSRL is an information center and library with information resources on all aspects of museum operations and a comprehensive reference collection to support scholarly research in Institution programs."

Smithsonian Institution Archives

"The Smithsonian Institution Archives collects, preserves and makes available the official records of the Institution and special collections documenting Smithsonian staff, artifacts, benefactors, events, exhibits, structures and research."


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