Patrick M. Malone Professor Emeritus of American Studies

Patrick Malone is an industrial archaeologist and historian of technology. He has both an undergraduate engineering degree and a Ph.D. in history. He is Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies and Director of the Urban Studies Program. His primary interests are the urban built environment and the history of industrial communities. He also does a great deal of work in public humanities, focusing on museum interpretation, park development, and the recording of engineering structures. Much of his work examines American rivers and hydraulic engineering. His co-authored book, "The Texture of Industry," received awards from the American Institute of Architects and "Choice". His present research interests include waterpower in Lowell, MA, and the history of manufacturing at Springfield Armory.


Selected Publications:

Editor of and contributor to Green Engineering: Parks and Promenades in the Industrial Community, a Special Theme Issue of IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 24, No. 1 (1998).

The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America, with Robert B. Gordon. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Book Won 1994 AIA International Book Award. Paperback edition published in 1996.

The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. Originally published by Madison Books, Lanham, MD, in 1991. Madison Paperback edition, 2000.

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scholarly work

Entry on "Industrial Preservation and Reuse" in Burt Feintuch and David Watters, eds., Encyclopedia of New England, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, pp. 860-861.

"Valley Falls Park", with Charles Parrott, in Rick Greenwood and Jonathan Kranz, eds., Providence, RI. Providence: Society for Industrial Archeology, 2004), pp. 40-41.

"A Public Ornament of the City: Corporate Greenspace in Lowell, MA," with Charles Parrott, in Cheryl Kollin, ed., Engineering Green. Washington, DC: American Forests, 2003, pp. 26-30.

"'Things' That Work: The Artifacts of Industrialization," with Briann Greenfield, for Magazine of History, Vol 15, No. 1 (Fall, 2000), pp. 14-18. This is a special theme issue on "The Industrial Revolution" in the Journal Published by the Organization of American Historians.

Entries on "Philip, or Metacomet" and "King Philip's War" in John H. Chambers, ed., The Oxford Companion to American Military History. NY: Oxford U. Press, 2000, pp. 366, 547

"Experimental Industrial Archaeology: Imitation in Pursuit of Authenticity," IA:The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 26, No. 1, (2000), pp. 85-94

"Greenways in the Industrial City: Parks and Promenades along the Lowell Canals," with Charles Parrott, IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 24, No. 1(1998), pp. 19-40.

"The Skulking Way of War," in Merritt Roe Smith and Gregory Clancey, eds. Major Problems in the History of AmericanTechnology. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998, pp. 41-52.

"Introduction" to Patrick M. Malone, ed., Green Engineering: Parks and Promenades in the Industrial Community a Special Theme Issue of IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 24, No. 1 (1998), pp. 5-8.

Editor of GREEN ENGINEERING: Parks and Promenades in the Industrial Community, a Special Theme Issue of IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 24, No. 1 (1998).

"A Good Guide for the Engineer: James B. Francis and Flow Measurement in Lowell," for News From the Burndy Library, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall, 1997), pp. 16-20.

Reconstruction of Main Street and Market Square, Woonsocket, Rhode Island,with Michael Raber. RIDOT Archaeological Series no. 134. Providence, RI: Rhode Island Department of Transportation, 1997.

"Butte: Cultural Treasure in a Mining Town" for Montana: The Magazine of Western History Vol. 47, No. 4 (Winter, 1997), pp. 58-67.

"Navigation and Waterpower: The Connecticut River's Enfield Canal," Canal History and Technology Proceedings, Vol. XIII, 1994. With Michael Raber, pp. 6-47.

THE TEXTURE OF INDUSTRY: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America, with Robert B. Gordon. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Book Won 1994 AIA International Book Award. Paperback edition published in 1996.

"A Land-Based Museum or Visitors' Center," in D. K. Abbass, ed., The Lake George Radeau Planning Meeting. Lake George, NY: The Lake George Historical Association, 1993, pp. 1-10.

Contributor to The Augusta Canal Master Plan. 2 Vols., Augusta, GA.: Augusta Canal Authority, 1993. Plan Won 1994 Waterfront Center Award for a Waterfront Project.

THE SKULKING WAY OF WAR: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. Originally published by Madison Books, Lanham, MD, in 1991. Madison Paperback edition, 2000.

Contributor to Muskingum River Lock and Dam Study. Columbus, OH.: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 1993. Plan Won 1994 Award for "Distinguished Technical Publication" from the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

"Canals and Industry" in Robert Weible, ed.,The Continuing Revolution: A History of Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell, MA: Lowell Historical Society, 1991, pp. 137-155.

Inventory of Historic Resources for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, with Slater Mill Staff and Consultants, Uxbridge,MA.; Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission,1990.

An Interpretive Essay From the Inventory of Historic Cultural Resources in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, with Beth Parkhurst, Pawtucket, R.I.: Slater Mill Historic Site, 1989.

"Little Kinks and Devices at Springfield Armory, 1892-1918," IA: TheThe Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 14, No. 1,(1988), pp. 58-76. Article Won the 1989 Norton Prize from the SIA.

"James B. Francis and the Northern Canal," in Jonathan A. French, ed., Boston's Water Resource Development: Past, Present, and Future. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers, 1986, pp. 10-18.

"Present and Potential Value of American Inventories," in Les Inventaires Du Patrimoine Industriel: Objectives et Methodes. Paris: Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, 1986, pp. 45-53.

"The New England Textile Industry and Mass Production," in the Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association of College Professors of Textiles and Clothing. ACPTC, 1985.

The Lowell Water Power System: The Pawtucket Gatehouse Hydraulic Turbine, with Robert Wieble. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers,1985.

Foreword to Victor C. Darnell, A Directory of American Bridge-Building Companies,1840-1900. Washington, D. C.: Society for Industrial Archeology, 1984.

Guidebook: Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Excursion, with R. Greenwood, G. Kulik, and T. Leary. Washington, D.C.: Society for Industrial Archeology, 1984.

"Museums and the History of Technology," The Weaver of Information and Perspectives on Technological Literacy, Vol III, No. 1, (Fall 1984). Reprint of 1978 article below, pp. 1-2.

"Technology and Material Culture in America," Syllabi and Course Materials in Stephen Cutcliffe, ed., The Machine in the University: Sample Course Syllabi for the History of Technology and Technology Studies. Bethlehem, PA: Leheigh University and the Society for the History of Technology, 1983, pp. 117-124.

Canals and Industry: Engineering in Lowell, 1821-1880. Lowell, MA.:Lowell Museum, 1983.

"Historical Aspects of Hydropower" [reprinting of 1978 chapter listed above], in Current,Vol. I, No. 1 (Spring, 1982), pp. 12-14.

"Engineering and Industry in Lowell: 1821-1880" in Emory Kemp, ed.,Historical Preservation of Engineering Works. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers, 1981, pp. 134-158.

Course Syllabi in Humanities Perspectives on Technology, 13, (Oct., 1979), pp. 8-10.

Multiple entries in Gary Kulik and Julia Bonham, Rhode Island: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1978, pp. ix, 31-32, 78-79, 81, 87-88.

"Historical Aspects of Hydropower," Post-Conference Report, New England-Eastern Canadian Provinces Conference on Alternative Energy. 1978, pp. 32-38.

"Teaching the History of Technology in Museums," Humanities Perspectives on Technology, No. 9, (December 1978), pp. 3-6.

Contributor to Lowell: Report of the Lowell Historic Canal DistrictCommission to the Ninety-Fifth Congress of the U.S. 1977. Report Won Three National Awards.

The Wilkinson Mill, with Gary Kulik. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1977.

The Lowell Canal System, Lowell, MA: The Lowell Museum, 1976.

"Changing Military Technology among the Indians of Southern New England,1600-1677," American Quarterly, Vol. XXV, No. 1, (March 1973), pp. 48-63.

research overview

Patrick Malone's primary interests are the urban built environment and the history of industrial communities. He also does a great deal of work in public humanities, focusing on museum interpretation, park development, and the recording of engineering structures. Much of his work examines American rivers and hydraulic engineering. His present research interests include waterpower in Lowell, MA, and the history of manufacturing at Springfield Armory.

research statement

Professor Malone's latest book for Johns Hopkins University Press, Waterpower In Lowell, will be published October 2009. He examines the development of the industrial city and the role of waterpower; it is a study of engineering, as well as urban planning. Lowell now has a national historical park, and this book should become an important resource in the interpretation of that park. It is based on many years of work in industrial archaeology, the history of technology, and urban studies.

funded research

Dibner Institute Senior Fellowship at MIT, 2002-2003 ($35,000)

Dibner Institute Senior Fellowship at MIT, 1996-1997 ($25,000)