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dc.contributor.advisorO'Donnell, Wilsonen_US
dc.contributor.authorHorvath, Ryan Maheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-13T17:25:21Z
dc.date.available2012-09-13T17:25:21Z
dc.date.issued2012-09-13
dc.date.submitted2012en_US
dc.identifier.otherHorvath_washington_0250O_10555.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/20596
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper will examine three case studies, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, and the American Museum of Natural History; these museums represent the national, university, and city/state museum models respectively. This paper will look to address the effect that these three museums models had on educational philosophies and practices in natural history museums from 1846-1900. These museums were all major natural history museums founded during a time of great expansion in the role of public education. Natural history was a new field of instruction during this period and museums were at the forefront of educational methods used to effectively teach this subject. A document analysis was performed on three different data sets for each museum: founding documents, annual reports, and personal papers and writings. Museums educated the public through three main avenues: systematic exhibits, performing normal school functions, and directly providing classroom instruction. The results of this study suggest that the national museum model was the least active educationally, the university museum model was the most active educationally, but focused primarily on their own students, and that the city/state museum model was responsive to public educational movements.en_US
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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the individual authors.en_US
dc.subjectamerican museum of natural history; education; museum; museum of comparative zoology; smithsonian institutionen_US
dc.subject.otherAmerican historyen_US
dc.subject.otherHistory of educationen_US
dc.subject.otherMuseologyen_US
dc.title"STUDY NATURE, NOT BOOKS": EDUCATION IN 19TH CENTURY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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