Among the recently announced 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners are two historians. We start off this post by recognizing them and linking to their award winning works. In other news, the Library of Congress posted a press release last week about the relocation of their European Reading Room, in response to a flurry of protests from academics. From the Chronicle’s Footnoted blog comes an article on the issue of anonymity in the academic blogosphere. And we round out this post with a number of web/tech features, including a Making History podcast, a look back on past technology with Manan Ahmed, a series on digital humanities projects at ClioWeb, Boston Library on Flickr, and new digitized newspapers at the LOC’s Chronicling America site.
- Two History Professors Win Pulitzers
The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced, and among them are two history professors, one of whom is also an AHA member. Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University, professor of history emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles, and AHA member has won the Pulitzer Prize in history for What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford University Press). Saul Friedlander, professor of history at UCLA, has won a Pulitzer in the general nonfiction category for The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (HarperCollins).
- Library of Congress Defends Its Commitment to Scholarship
Jennifer Howard of the Chronicle reports on a press release from the Library of Congress on its European Reading Room. Some scholars have been up in arms over the room’s potential closing.
- To Be, or Not To Be, Anonymous
The Chronicle’s Footnoted blog addresses an issue many academic bloggers have had to grapple with: whether to use your real name or not. Sterling Fluharty of PhDinHistory is one example of an anonymous blogger who now reveals his identity, though that decision wasn’t exactly on his terms.
- Episode 6, Part 1: Patricia Nelson Limerick
From the Making History Podcast: The Blog, which we’ve noted in the past for its podcasts with AHA president-elect Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, comes a review of Patricia Nelson’s essay “Dancing with Professors.” This essay is in tune with a topic recently covered by Robert Townsend’s post “From the Archives: Why Can’t Historians Write?”, since she “muses about the reasons behind the obtuse prose of most historical writing.”
- More Noted Things (Tech Edition)
For those of us who remember when 32 kilobytes of ram seemed vast, Manan Ahmed offers a number of sites that can help on that trip down memory lane.
- Digital Humanities Design and Development Process
Jeremy Boggs at ClioWeb is kicking off a series on developing digital humanities projects.
- Boston Public Library on Flickr
The Boston Public Library has posted over 5,500 photos on Flickr and is encouraging visitors to comment and tag them. Hat tip.
- Chronicling America Newspaper Site Adds More Pages, Features
The Library of Congress has announced through a press release that the Chronicling America site recently added over 79,000 digitized newspaper pages. We’ve posted before about the site and the resources it offers.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Robert Townsend