Since the demise of Sture Lagercrantz, who was professor for ethnography at Uppsala University until 1976, no professional academic at any university is attending the history, sociology, or any other aspects of mouse traps and related artefacts anymore (as far as I know).
Academia has left this field of artefact culture to the street mob and is now facing a dire situation, where a scrub of urban legends is overgrown by inane claims of intelligent design advocates concerning the ostensible impossibility of precursors functioning with one part less than current traps.
For all those who'd like to get a smattering of the depth and width of mouse trap history, I recommend David's homepage. Read at least "William C Hooker's great American mouse trap" online there.
P.S.: David Drummond is a digital immigrant - not a digital native.
|'Little Giant' from Drummond (2009)|
Drummond D (2009) Norway Rat, Erie Canal & and Little Giant. North American Trap Collectors Association, Galloway, OH