Helen Sheumaker and Shirley Teresa Wajda, eds. Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008)
This encyclopedia, with nearly 200 entries, address the history, theory, practice, trends, and “stuff” of American material culture studies. It provides a much-needed comprehensive overview of the field.
Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays
“Martha Stewart.” Icons of American Cooking, ed. Victor W. Geraci and Elizabeth S. Demers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011.
“The Architect and the Teakettle.” Design Studies: A Reader, ed. Hazel Clark and David Brody. London: Berg Publishers, 2009. (Google Books preview)
“A ‘pretty custom’ Updated: From ‘Going to Housekeeping’ to Kitchen Showers in America, 1850s-1930s.” Buying For the Home: Shopping for the Domestic from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, ed. Margaret Ponsonby and David Hussey. London: Ashgate, 2008. (Google Books preview)
“Self, Collected.” Family Album: The James Rutkowski Collection of American Photographs: Essays by Michael Hall [and] Shirley Teresa Wajda. Columbus, OH: Columbus Museum of Art, 2004.
“‘A Kind of Missionary Work’: The Labor and Legacy of Cincinnati’s Society Women, 1877-1922.” A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati’s Golden Age, 1877-1922, by Cynthia Amneus. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press for the Cincinnati Art Museum, 2003.
“And a little child shall lead them’: American Children’s Cabinets of Curiosities.” Acts of Possession: Essays on Collecting in America, ed. Leah Dilworth. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003. (Google Books preview)
“Phyllis Primrose Peckham: Dressed for Posterity.” With Barry Bradley and Jean L. Druesdow. Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America 29 (2002): 59-74.
“Repo Culture.” Material History Review/Revue d’histoire de la culture materielle (Ottawa) 54 (Fall 2001): 103-13.
“KMartha.” “Martha Stewart Roundtable,” American Studies (Kansas) 42:2 (Summer 2001): 71-88; excerpted in Design Studies: A Reader (2009).
“The Commercial Photographic Parlor, 1839-1889.” Shaping Communities: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, VI, ed. Carter L. Hudgins and Elizabeth Collins Cromley. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1997.
“The Artistic Portrait Photograph.” The Arts and the American Home, 1890-1930, ed. Jessica H. Foy and Karal Ann Marling. Knoxville: McFaddin-Ward House Museum and University of Tennessee Press, 1994; paper, 1995. (Google Books preview)
“A Room with a Viewer: The Parlor Stereoscope, Comic Stereographs, and the Psychic Role of Play in Late Victorian America.” Hard at Play: Leisure in America, 1840-1940, ed. Kathryn Grover. Rochester, NY, and Amherst, MA: Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum and University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. (Google Books preview)