A Quick Guide to Artifact

artifact: american material culture

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*WHO* --> who sponsors this page?
producers and consumers: who uses artifacts?

*WHAT* --> definitions: what is material culture study?
object identification: what is that thing, anyway? what should i know about it?
value: what's it worth?

*WHEN* --> dating objects: when was that made?
the life of objects: when was that used? how has it changed? how would we use it now?
calendars: what's happening and when?

*WHERE* --> collections: where can i see things, learn about them, or buy them?
bibliographies: where can i read more?

*WHY & HOW* --> why material culture study?: justifications, apologies and manifestos.
teaching material culture: syllabi, articles
"ARTIFACT Online: A Work in Progress"

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this page is maintained by susan garfinkel on behalf of the material culture caucus of the american studies association, and the department of american studies at the university of maryland, college park.
last updated january, 2000.