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Instituting Reform: The Social Museum Of Harvard University, 1903 1931 Deborah Martin Kao

Instituting Reform: The Social Museum Of Harvard University, 1903 1931

Deborah Martin Kao

Published March 27th 2012
ISBN : 9780300083156
Hardcover
320 pages
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Instituting Reform examines the history, motive, and meaning of Harvards distinctive Social Museum, established in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody (1847-1936) to collect the social experience of the world as material for university teaching. TheMoreInstituting Reform examines the history, motive, and meaning of Harvards distinctive Social Museum, established in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody (1847-1936) to collect the social experience of the world as material for university teaching. The more than 5,000 photographs and graphic illustrations that survive, including works by Lewis Hine and Frances Benjamin Johnston, are now held by the Harvard Art Museums.The books five essays probe the Social Museums collection, using it as a case study to explore the early institutional uses of photographs as social documents, the systematization of exhibition display by reform organizations, and the role such institutions played in the formation of the modern research university. The museum promoted the study of philanthropic, social, and industrial progress through the inductive method of observation common in the sciences. As the authors demonstrate, however, the social truths made evident were strongly influenced by prevailing values and tensions of the Progressive Era.