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Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

Editor:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Serlin, David  Search this
Mihm, Stephen  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2002
Citation:
Ott, Katherine, Serlin, David, and Mihm, Stephen, editors. 2002. Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics. New York: New York University Press.
Identifier:
101922
ISBN:
9780814761977
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_101922

The Scrapbook in American Life

Editor:
Tucker, Susan  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Buckler, Patricia  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2006
Citation:
Tucker, Susan, Ott, Katherine, and Buckler, Patricia, editors. 2006. The Scrapbook in American Life. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Identifier:
101890
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_101890

Contagion, Public Health, and the Visual Culture of Nineteenth Century Skin

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Editor:
Serlin, David  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2010
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2010. "Contagion, Public Health, and the Visual Culture of Nineteenth Century Skin." In Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture. Serlin, David, editor. 85–107. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. https://doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9780816648221.003.0005.
Identifier:
102200
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9780816648221.003.0005
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_102200

Material Culture, Technology and the Body in Disability History

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Editor:
Rembis, Michael  Search this
Kudlick, Catherine  Search this
Nielsen, Kim E.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2018
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2018. "Material Culture, Technology and the Body in Disability History." In Oxford Handbook of Disability History. Rembis, Michael, Kudlick, Catherine, and Nielsen, Kim E., editors. 125–139. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190234959.013.8.
Identifier:
151029
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190234959.013.8
Series Standard Number:
9780190234959
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_151029

Disability Reference Collection

Names:
United States (Title of work: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.)  Search this
Brody, Irwin Lee, 1926-1997  Search this
Hindson, Edna R.  Search this
Mace, Ronald L.  Search this
Former owner:
Davis, Audrey B.  Search this
Donor:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Extent:
40 Cubic feet (89 boxes, 2 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic discs (dvds)
Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Valentines
Videocassettes
Date:
1853-2015
Summary:
This collection consists of archival materials compiled by National Museum of American History Curator Katherine Ott, on numerous subjects relating to disability and the rights of the disabled.
Scope and Contents:
The Disability Reference Collection represents a range of research materials acquired by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002- ) and Janice Majewski (1978-2001), the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History.

Material includes scholarly and popular articles, advertisements, product literature, clippings, schematics, photographs, audio, video, and ephemera. Some materials were sent to Davis and Ott by members of the general public who heard about their work; others were purchased by Ott at flea markets and on e-Bay.

Combined with associated Archives Center collections and objects housed in the curatorial divisions at NMAH, this collection constitutes one of the largest and most significant sources on American disability history. It is especially strong in accessibility policy documents from the early days of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its implementation, and product trade literature of the 1980s and 1990s. The collection also has a rich selection of newsletters and magazines published for various disability sectors, such as the Toomey J Gazette on polio and Mainstream.

Each series represents a subject or type of material. Researchers should look across all series when examining a topic or type of material. For example, trade literature items for the disabled person are found not only in the dedicated series, but also in series specific to a particular disability (i.e. Blindness: Aids and Appliances). Another example is material on polio. Researchers should look in the dedicated series, but also in Series 9: Edna Hindson's Scrapbooks and Series 8: Ron Mace.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seventeen series.

Series 1: Blindness, 1945-2001

Series 2: Hearing, 1855-2009

Series 3: Polio, 1925-2008

Series 4: Universal Design, 1962-2006

Series 5: Subject Files, 1863-2008

Series 6: Americans with Disabilities Act: 1968-2015, undated

Series 7: Brody, Lee/TTY, 1941-2001

Series 8: Mace, Ron, 1950-1990

Series 9: Hindson, Edna R., 1946-1954, 1991, 2003

Series 10: Lindahl, Lisa, 1988-2002, undated

Series 11: Wheelchairs, 1853-2007

Series 12: Arizonans for Safe and Equal Access to Transportation, 1987-1992

Series 13: Printed Material, 1959-2013

Series 14: Trade Literature, 1971-2013

Series 15: Newspaper Clippings, 1973-2000

Series 16: Ephemera, 1866-2011, undated

Series 17: Audio Visual Materials, 1979-2005
Historical Note:
The Disability Reference Collection represents a range of research materials [primarily] acquired by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002-) in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Divison of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The collection also contains material acquired by Janice Majewski (1978-2001), the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Additional materials have been added since the collection was transferred to the Archives Center.

Audrey Davis (1934-2006) was a NMAH curator from 1967 to 1996. Her interest and expertise in rehabilitation medicine, including prosthetics and orthotics, led to important three-dimensional collections in the Division of Medicine and Science. Davis did a series of showcases on such topics as hearing aids, artificial noses, and a large exhibition in 1973 entitled Triumph over Disability: the Development of Rehabilitation Medicine in the U.S.A., for the 50th anniversary of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The exhibition was dedicated to Mary Elizabeth Switzer, an influential figure in the field. Katherine Ott joined the Division in 2001 as a permanent curator and broadened research to include pan-disability issues. Ott led exhibitions on the history of maxillofacial surgery (About Faces, 1998), The Disability Rights Movement (2000-2002), polio (Whatever Happened to Polio?, 2005-2006), HIV and Aids Thirty Years Ago (2011-2012); general disability history (EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America, 2013), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25, 2015). Ott received a grant in 2000 from NMAH's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to study the history of Universal Design; this included the collection of supporting materials.

Janice Majewski was the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Her tenure lasted from 1978 to 2001. She gathered background on museums and accessibility, followed current events, consulted on museum projects around the United States, and received a constant flow of product literature from vendors hoping for a Smithsonian contract. Most of the assistive technology brochures, policy papers, and gray literature on accessibility came from her office.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Kevin M. Tuohy Papers (NMAH.AC.0317)

Milton S. Wirtz, D.D.S., Artificial Eye Collection (NMAH.AC.0501)

Van Phillips Video Oral History and Papers (NMAH.AC.0859)

Safko International, Inc. Records (NMAH.AC.0911)

Hariett Green Kopp Papers (NMAH.AC.1130)

Division of Science, Medicine and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection (NMAH.AC.1134)

Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers (NMAH.AC.1356)
Materials at Other Organizations

Rochester Institute for Technology Collections

Lee Brody TTY Collection, circa 1969-1989

Collection of TTY (text telephone) equipment, business records, posters, and awards relating to telecommunications pioneer Lee Brody. TTY phones allow the deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to use the telephone to communicate.

Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives

The Harry G. Lang Collection on Early TTY History, 1947-1999

Collection of correspondence, news clippings, technical data, and other materials documenting the invention and first 15 years of the phone teletypewriter for the deaf.

North Carolina State University Libraries

Ronald L. Mace Papers, 1974-1998

Collection of correspondence, project reports, architectural drawings, videos, and publications.
Provenance:
The core of the collection was assembled by curators Audrey Davis (1967-1996) and Katherine Ott (2002-) in support of their collecting and exhibition work in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History. The collection also contains material acquired by Janice Majewski, the first director of the Smithsonian's Accessibility Program. Additional materials have been added since the collection was transferred to the Archives Center.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
barrier-free design  Search this
Blindness  Search this
Deafness  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
Down syndrome  Search this
Epilepsy  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Hearing impaired  Search this
Medicine -- 1970-2000  Search this
Newspapers -- 20th century  Search this
Poliomyelitis  Search this
People with disabilities  Search this
Telecommunication  Search this
wheelchairs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic discs (DVDs)
Newspaper clippings
Photographs -- 20th century
Valentines
Videocassettes
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1319
See more items in:
Disability Reference Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep866be04ff-bd47-44d3-b300-370876d6b4e8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1319
Online Media:

Van Phillips Oral History and Papers

Topic:
Innovative Lives Program (NMAH public program series)
Donor:
Ossur North America  Search this
Interviewer:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Dennis, Maggie  Search this
Interviewee:
Phillips, Van  Search this
Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Djordjevic, Slobodon  Search this
Pouchak, Hilary D.  Search this
Names:
Flex-Foot, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
1.35 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Design drawings
Oral history
Interviews
Date:
1991-2004
Summary:
Video oral history interview of Van Phillips, inventor of the Flex-Foot and other innovative prosthetic feet, conducted by Katherine Ott and Maggie Dennis, February 27, 2004, and design drawings and printed materials regarding prosthetic feet by Van Phillips, Hilary D. Pouchak, and Slobodon Djordjevic.
Scope and Contents:
Approximately two hours of a video oral history interview of Van Phillips, inventor of the Flex-Foot and other innovative prosthetic feet, conducted by Katherine Ott and Maggie Dennis, February 27, 2004. In Series 2 there are design drawings and printed materials regarding prosthetic feet by Van Phillips and Hilary D. Pouchak.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Video Oral History, 2004

Series 2: Design Drawings and Printed Materials, 1991-2002
Biographical / Historical:
In 1976, after a waterskiing accident, Van Phillips had his left leg amputated just above the ankle. At the time he was twenty-one years old and a student at Arizona State University studying mass communications and advertising. The accident and his frustration with the prosthetic technology at the time motivated Phillips to switch his studies to prosthetics. He graduated in 1981. Happy to design a prosthetic foot with strength, flexibility, and light weight materials, Phillips began the process of bringing his ideas into reality. During this time his idea of a C-shaped foot was born. Carbon fiber with its excellent strength and flexible properties was cut into a C-shaped foot, with a sole on the bottom and a prosthetic socket above. With this design, weight applied by landing on the heel was converted into energy thereby simulating the spring action of the normal foot and allowing users to run and jump. After trying out his new design, Phillips immediately decided to quit his job, develop his design, and start a new company. Flex-Foot Inc. was formed in 1984 and demand for Phillips innovative prosthetic foot has increased ever since. While the firm was sold in 2000 to Ossur, a company based in Iceland, in 2000, Phillips still owns the patent rights to his invention and continues to contribute his ideas and expertise to research and development projects.
Provenance:
The design drawings and product literature was donated by Ossur North America, on July 30, 2004. The videocassettes were donated by the Smithsonian Institution's Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History on July 30, 2004.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions
Topic:
Inventions  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Prosthesis  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes -- 2000-2010
Design drawings
Oral history -- 2000-2010
Interviews -- 2000-2010
Citation:
Van Phillips Oral History and Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0859
See more items in:
Van Phillips Oral History and Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89663c886-179d-4bb0-a853-56b4ab79587a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0859
Online Media:

Design drawings for prosthetic foot, the Vari-Flex, by Van Phillips

Collection Donor:
Ossur North America  Search this
Collection Interviewer:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Dennis, Maggie  Search this
Collection Interviewee:
Phillips, Van  Search this
Collection Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Extent:
4 Drawings (visual works)
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings (visual works)
Date:
1990 October
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions
Collection Citation:
Van Phillips Oral History and Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Van Phillips Oral History and Papers
Van Phillips Oral History and Papers / Series 2: Design Drawings and Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e37b99a6-8a7d-4224-81ba-978892fe1ac8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0859-ref27

Collective Bodies: What Museums do for Disability Studies

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie  Search this
Sandell, Richard  Search this
Dodd, Jocelyn  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2010
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2010. Collective Bodies: What Museums do for Disability Studies. In: Sandell, Richard, Dodd, Jocelyn and Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie, Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum. New York: Routledge,() pp.269-279.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_101883

Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture Since 1870

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 1996. Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture Since 1870. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp., 242 pp.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102202

Disability and the Practice of Public History: An Introduction

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2005
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2005. Disability and the Practice of Public History: An Introduction. The Public Historian, 27(2): 11-24.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_101911

The Iron Lung in History and Cultural Memory

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Arnoldi, Mary Jo  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2016
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2016. The Iron Lung in History and Cultural Memory. In: Arnoldi, Mary Jo, Engaging Smithsonian Objects through Science, History, and the Arts. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press,() pp.195-205.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_137683

Carnage Remembered: Prosthetics in the United states Military Since the 1860s

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Hacker, Barton C.  Search this
Finn, Bernard S.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2005
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2005. Carnage Remembered: Prosthetics in the United states Military Since the 1860s. In: Finn, Bernard S. and Hacker, Barton C., Materializing the Military. London: Science Museum,(Artefacts Series v.5) pp.47-64.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_101912

The Scrapbook in American Life

Author:
Buckler, Patricia  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Tucker, Susan  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2006
Citation:
Tucker, Susan, Ott, Katherine and Buckler, Patricia. 2006. The Scrapbook in American Life. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp., 344 pp.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_101890

An Introduction to the History of Scrapbooks

Author:
Buckler, Patricia  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Tucker, Susan  Search this
Buckler, Patricia  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Tucker, Susan  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2006
Citation:
Ott, Katherine, Tucker, Susan and Buckler, Patricia. 2006. An Introduction to the History of Scrapbooks. In: Tucker, Susan, Ott, Katherine and Buckler, Patricia, The Scrapbook In American Life. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,() pp.1-25.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102203

Material Culture, Technology and the Body in Disability History

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Rembis, Michael  Search this
Nielsen, Kim E.  Search this
Kudlick, Catherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2018
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2018. Material Culture, Technology and the Body in Disability History. In: Rembis, Michael, Kudlick, Catherine and Nielsen, Kim E., Oxford Handbook of Disability History. New York, NY: Oxford University Press,() pp.125-139.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_151029

Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes

Author:
Serlin, David  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Mihm, Stephen  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2002
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2002. Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes. In: Ott, Katherine, Serlin, David and Mihm, Stephen, Artificial Parts and Practical Lives; Modern Histories of Prosthetics. New York: New York University Press,() pp.147-170.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_119129

Prosthetics

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Adams, Rachel  Search this
Serlin, David  Search this
Reiss, Benjamin  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2015
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2015. Prosthetics. In: Adams, Rachel, Reiss, Benjamin and Serlin, David, Keywords for Disability Studies. New York: New York University Press,() pp.140-143.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_136812

Using Science to Parse the Body: Some Artful Methods for Learning Medicine

Author:
Weitekamp, Margaret A.  Search this
Goodyear, Anne Collins  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2013
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2013. Using Science to Parse the Body: Some Artful Methods for Learning Medicine. In: Goodyear, Anne Collins and Weitekamp, Margaret A., Analyzing Art and Aesthetics. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press,() pp.2-16.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_117290

Between Person and Profession: The Scrapbooks of Nineteenth-Century Medical Practitioners

Author:
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Buckler, Patricia  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Tucker, Susan  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2006
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2006. Between Person and Profession: The Scrapbooks of Nineteenth-Century Medical Practitioners. In: Tucker, Susan, Ott, Katherine and Buckler, Patricia, The Scrapbook in American Life. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,() pp.29-41.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102204

The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prosthetics

Author:
Serlin, David  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Mihm, Stephen  Search this
Ott, Katherine  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2002
Citation:
Ott, Katherine. 2002. The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prosthetics. In: Ott, Katherine, Serlin, David and Mihm, Stephen, Artificial Parts and Practical Lives; Modern Histories of Prosthetics. New York: New York University Press,() pp.1-42.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_119128

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