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The Newark Experience

Art and Industry

"John Cotton Dana and the Politics of Exhibiting Industrial Art in the U.S., 1909-1929"
Nicolas Maffei. Journal of Design History 13(4), 2000, 301-17. John Cotton Dana, director of the Newark Museum from 1909 to 1929, pioneered the exhibition of mass-produced goods in museums.

Made in Newark: Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era.
Ezra Shales. New Brunswick, Rivergate Books, 2010. Available?
John Cotton Dana and the Business of Enlightening Newark: Applied Art at the Newark Public Library and Museum, 1902-29 Rutgers-restricted access
Ezra Shales. Thesis (Ph.D.), Bard Graduate Center, 2006. Available?
The New Relations of Museums and Industries.
John Cotton Dana. Newark, N.J., Newark Museum Association, 1919. Available?


Kings of Jewelry. Ulysses Dietz [Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum] speaks about Newark's emergence between 1830 and 1850 as the greatest center of fine gold jewelry production in the United States. Filmed at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 2012. DVD Available?


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