Weekend Work 3-12-12: Updates & Other Hysterical Societies

Greetings My Loyal Reader,

We spent the weekend adding still more book and film titles to the site. We finally hit on the right Google search terms and the collection went from half a dozen titles to almost forty. As any windfall of collections does, we had to rethink our storage options. So we did away with the bibliography page and introduced our new Library page. We even added sub pages broken out by topic. It’s now much easier to search the collection.

In the process of researching new collections we found other uses of the name American Hysterical Society. Frankly, the term hysterical society is so hackneyed it came as no surprise when we found other instances of it out there. Our favorite is the New York Hysterical Society, a consortium of stand-up comics. We were amused by one former student’s anecdote about when a professor called a museum a hysterical society. It was also found – here, here, & here – being used for more sociopolitical purposes. We did find a play with  American Hysterical Society as the title (check out Brian Roberts’ bio) but we haven’t been able to find anything beyond that.

Rest assured, we’ll keep looking for the play (and for any new acquisitions). But not right now. We’re spending way too much time on all of this.


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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