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University of DelawareNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass8DEA3E030016431EB471C49C5B7177F6"><p>​Professor Herman was the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Art History. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. His field is American material culture, with specializations in American vernacular architecture, folk and ethnic arts, and historic preservation. His books include <em>Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic</em> (1997), <em>The Stolen House</em> (1992), <em>A Land and Life Remembered: Americo-Liberian Folk Architecture</em> (with Svend Holsoe and Max Belcher, 1989), <em>Architecture and Rural Life in Central Delaware, 1700-1900</em> (1987), and <em>Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830</em> (2005). Professor Herman is co-founder of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and co-edited volumes III and IV of Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture. Currently Dr. Herman is developing a collection of essays on the critical relationships between objects, images, and narratives, with a particular emphasis on contemporary quilts. Dr. Herman served as Director of the Center for American Material Culture Studies and as a Senior Research Fellow in the University's Center for Historic Architecture and Design, an interdisciplinary research center supporting public service and student research in historic preservation. Professor Herman, who also served on the faculty of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Department of History, and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, strove to integrate teaching, research, and public service in the study, interpretation, and preservation of American traditional arts and architecture. His courses included research and reading seminars on vernacular architecture, folk and ethnic arts, historic landscapes, material culture theory, and early American urbanism. Professor Herman received the University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992, and he is a two-time winner of the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award for the best published work in North American vernacular architecture. He has also received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and Research.</p></div>bherman@udel.eduHerman, Bernard L.<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/People/Faculty/herman-bio.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor EmeritusAmerican Material CulturePh.D. University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830https://www.arthistory.udel.edu/Arth Bookshelf/herman-town-house.jpgTown House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830Herman, Bernard L.University of North Carolina PressChapel Hill2005https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469633527/town-house/<p>In this abundantly illustrated volume, Bernard Herman provides a history of urban dwellings and the people who built and lived in them in early America. In the eighteenth century, cities were constant objects of idealization, often viewed as the outward manifestations of an organized, civil society. As the physical objects that composed the largest portion of urban settings, town houses contained and signified different aspects of city life, argues Herman.</p><p>Taking a material culture approach, Herman examines urban domestic buildings from Charleston, South Carolina, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as well as those in English cities and towns, to better understand why people built the houses they did and how their homes informed everyday city life. Working with buildings and documentary sources as diverse as court cases and recipes, Herman interprets town houses as lived experience. Chapters consider an array of domestic spaces, including the merchant family's house, the servant's quarter, and the widow's dower. Herman demonstrates that city houses served as sites of power as well as complex and often conflicted artifacts mapping the everyday negotiations of social identity and the display of sociability.</p>
Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and Landscapeshttps://www.arthistory.udel.edu/Arth Bookshelf/herman-everyday-architecture.jpgEveryday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and LandscapesHerman, Bernard L.and Gabrielle M. LanierJohns Hopkins University PressBaltimore1997https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/everyday-architecture-mid-atlantic<p>From the eighteenth-century single-room "mansions" of Delaware's Cypress Swamp district to the early twentieth-century suburban housing around Philadelphia and Wilmington, the architectural landscape of the mid-Atlantic region is both rich and varied. In this pioneering field guide to the region's historic vernacular architecture, Gabrielle Lanier and Bernard Herman describe the remarkably diverse building traditions that have overlapped and influenced one another for generations.<br></p>
After Ratification: Material Life in Delaware, 1789-1820https://www.arthistory.udel.edu/Arth Bookshelf/herman-after-ratification.jpgAfter Ratification: Material Life in Delaware, 1789-1820Herman, Bernard L.J. Ritchie Garrison, and Barbara McLean Ward, eds.University of DelawareNewark1988https://www.amazon.com/After-Ratification-Material-Delaware-1789-1820/dp/0925050008<p><em>After Ratification: Material Life in Delaware, 1789-1820</em>, is a collection of nine essays on Delaware history and material culture during the Constitutional era. It draws upon the fields of archaeology, art history, folklore, and history to illuminate the rich and complex texture of Delaware's cultural landscape during the three decades following the ratification of the Federal Constitution.<br></p>
A Land and Life Remembered: Americo-Liberian Folk Architecturehttps://www.arthistory.udel.edu/Arth Bookshelf/herman-land-life.jpgA Land and Life Remembered: Americo-Liberian Folk ArchitectureHerman, Bernard L.and Svend E. HolsoeUniversity of Georgia PressAthens1988https://www.amazon.com/Land-Life-Remembered-Americo-Liberian-Architecture/dp/0820310859<p>Catalogue of an exhibition (at the Brockton Art Museum/Fuller Memorial) of Max Belcher's photographs of domestic architecture in Liberia and the southern United States.<br></p>

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