Oscar Fitzgerald

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Adjunct Professional Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History


Oscar Fitzgerald is the author of Four Centuries of American Furniture, the definitive reference on the subject. A historian with broad interests, he was Director of the Navy Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He is an avid collector of American furniture of Queen Anne and Chippendale periods. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Architectural Review in Alexandria, Virginia, and has served as a decorative arts consultant for a number of historic sites including Dumbarton House, the Frederick Douglass House, and the Custis Lee Mansion. Dr. Fitzgerald served recently as a judge for the Baltimore Craft Show and the 30th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. He also serves on the Architectural Review Committee for the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Tennessee, one of only two Chautauquas to have survived in continuous operation since its founding in the late l9th century. Oscar teaches 'American Colonial and Federal Furniture', 'Connoisseurship of Furniture', '20th-century American Furniture' and 'Historic Furniture-making Technologies'.



  • Four Centuries of American Furniture (Wallace-Homestead Book Company)
  • Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Fox Chapel Publishing)
  • New Masters of the Wooden Box: Expanding the Boundaries of Box Making (Fox Chapel Publishing)



PhD in American, European, & Far Eastern History, Georgetown University