The Smithsonian National Museum of American History doesn’t have a sample of every product Steve Jobs ever touched. Their concern is with the larger picture of how technology develops and what part that subplot plays in American history. Items in the science collection span from the 11th century to the 21st, and about 130 Apple-related pieces have made the cut. That includes everything from manuals to advertising to computers and those trademark white earbuds.
I took a tour with curator Peggy Kidwell to view some of these, as well as other contraptions that could be classified as items in a Steve Jobs Smithsonian Collection.