The Site

Images from American History will mine the artistic and visual culture of the United States for paintings, photographs, and other objects that shed light on the lives of those who have lived here, and on the changing identity of the nation. Undoubtedly it will reflect my interests in fashion, vernacular (folk) art, and issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. So, if you’re looking to read about Civil War artillery, this probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking to read about snapshots and pantaloons, you’re in the right place.

The word “image” can connote something immaterial, but that isn’t my intention with the title of this blog. Rather, the choice of “image” instead of “object” is meant to emphasize the visual/art-historical focus of the entries.

Happy reading!

The Author

Kate Scott is a public history librarian at the Indiana Historical Society, where she answers patron questions on everything from Civil War uniforms to tenderloins as big as your head. She received her PhD in Art History from Rutgers University in 2016, specializing in American art and the history of photography. Kate lives in Indianapolis and has an unfair mistrust of people with nothing on their walls.

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