Perhaps June should be “Digital History Awareness Month.” Last week’s “What We’re Reading” was heavy on digital history articles, and this week is no different. We start off with Cathy Davidson responding to Mills Kelly’s discussion of digital scholarship and tenure, followed by Jeremy Young’s troubling question about Web 2.0, and end up with a look at digitization efforts at the Boston Public Library. This post also includes news of new special collections acquisitions, a survey of women’s history, struggles with the Freedom of Information Act, treasures in the attic, a new Gutenberg-e title, and this year’s winner of the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.
- Should Digital Scholarship "Count" Towards Tenure?
Cathy Davidson at HASTAC asks whether Mills Kelly is posing the right questions in his discussion about whether digital scholarship should "count" towards tenure.
- Is Web 2.0 Failing in the History Blogosphere?
Jeremy Young at Progressive Historians poses a troubling question (for this blog and others): Is Web 2.0 Failing in the History Blogosphere? Also, Progressive Historian will be sponsoring the History Carnival again in July, so submit your links.
- Scan and Release: Digitizing the Boston Public Library
An interesting item on the Boston Public Library’s efforts at digitizing its collections, demonstrating just how much effort is involved in these projects.
- Documents in Search of Historians
Dan Ernst at the Legal History Blog notes “two fairly recent acquisitions in the special collections department of Georgetown University Law Center’s library.”
- What Would Natalie Zemon Davis Do? A Few Meditations on Women’s History and Women in History
Claire B. Potter at Cliopatria offers a salient survey of the contributions of women’s history (and women to history).
- The Department of Forgetting
One historian’s struggles with the Freedom of Information Act and the National Archives’ "disposition schedules."
- Maryland plantation attic holds 400 years of documents
This AP article, by way of the Washington Post, reports on a home in Centerville, Maryland where documents from as far back as the 1600s were found in an attic earlier this month. See also this blog (started by scholars working at the project site).
- Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro
This new Gutenberg-e title, by Robert Kirkbride, offers a rich multimedia tour of the 15th-century studioli of the ducal palaces at Urbino and Gubbio, demonstrating the value of new media to scholarship on the intersection between art, architecture, and humanistic thought.
- Pritzker Military Library Literature Award Winner
Allen R. Millett, historian and AHA member, has won the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. Last year’s award was given to past AHA president and Civil War historian James McPherson.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend