The Scrapbook in American Life

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Temple University Press, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 332 pages
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This book explores the history of scrapbook-making, its origins, uses, changing forms and purposes as well as the human agents behind the books themselves. Scrapbooks bring pleasure in both the making and consuming - and are one of the most enduring yet simultaneously changing cultural forms of the last two centuries. Despite the popularity of scrapbooks, no one has placed them within historical traditions until now. This volume considers the makers, their artefacts, And The viewers within the context of American culture. The volume's contributors do not show the reader how to make scrapbooks or improve techniques but instead explore the curious history of what others have done in the past and why these splendid examples of material and visual culture have such a significant place in many households.
 

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This illustrated essay collection by Tucker (curator of books & records, Newcomb Coll. Ctr. for Research on Women, Tulane Univ.;Telling Memories Among Southern Women ), Katherine Ott (curator, science ... Read full review

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Much better than "Scrapbooks: An American History" by Jessica Helfand. More thorough grounding in history and material culture studies. Fewer pictures, though. Read full review

Contents

Between Person and Profession The Scrapbooks of NineteenthCentury Medical Practitioners
29
Daily Life on a South Carolina Plantation 18551983 A Scrapbook Memory from Three Generations of Women
42
Letters Scrapbooks and History Books A Personalized Version of the Mexican War 184648
60
History in the Making A Columbian Exposition Scrapbook
79
Scrapbook Wish Book Prayer Book TradeCard Scrapbooks and the Missionary Work of Advertising
97
Scrapbook Houses for Paper Dolls Creative Expression Aesthetic Elaboration and Bonding in the Female World
116
Souvenirs of Amerika Hannah Hochs WeimarEra MassMedia Scrapbook
135
Books of the Self
153
In the Hands of Children A Photographic Essay of Images from Childrens Scrapbooks
193
Picturing Love and Friendship Photograph Albums and Networks of Affection in the 1860s
207
Telling Particular Stories Two African American Memory Books
220
Maternal Records and Male Modernist Identities The Family Albums of Ernest Hemingway and Christopher Isherwood
235
Miss Domestic and Miss Enterprise Or How to Keep a Photograph Album
251
Horizons The Scrapbooks of a SmallTown DepressionEra Preteen
268
Notes
281
About the Contributors
319

The Secret Scrapbook of a Soiled Dove
155
Inviting Narratives Willa Cathers Childhood Scrapbook and My Antonia
174

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About the author (2006)

Susan Tucker is Curator of Books and Records at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women at Tulane University. She is the author of Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers in the Segregated South.

Katherine Ott is Curator in the Division of Science and Medicine at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She is the author of Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture since 1870.

Patricia Buckler is a professor of English at Purdue University and lives in Westville, IN.

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