What We’re Reading: October 14, 2010 Edition

DCRA mapWe start off this week with matters of the history profession, linking to a question from Dan Cohen about scholarly society meetings, a report from The Wall Street Journal on how satisfied history majors are with their careers, and an article from The Chronicle about the risks of citing digital sources.  Read also about the ongoing legal effort to unseal Nixon’s grand jury testimony and hear what the American History Guys say about the history of the U.S./Mexico border.  Next we look to news and articles on some online resources. The National Archives has announced a new plan to post documents of the Founders for free to the public, the DCRA is putting D.C. maps that span a century on Flickr, the Transcribe Bentham project looks for transcription help, Robert Darnton lobbies for a national digital library, and the Freer Gallery of Art displays some ancient bibles. Finally, we check out some recent books (and book events) and have some fun with The Onion and ancient Greece.

Historians

Resources

  • National Archives to Put the Founders Online
    The National Archives is joining forces with the University of Virginia “to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.”
  • DCRA To Open Treasure Chest Of Historical Maps On Flickr
    The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has “maps and plats chronicling the history of the District of Columbia going back more than a century” and they’ll be adding them to their Flickr account over the course of the next few weeks and months.
  • Transcribe Bentham
    The Transcribe Bentham project is an attempt to transcribe the manuscripts of philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) by harnessing the power of the masses on the internet. Through a Transcription Desk tool online, visitors can help transcribe material from facsimile images of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts.
  • One Step Closer to a National Digital Library
    Jennifer Howard at The Chronicle recentlyinterviewed historian Robert Darnton about his ideas for "a Digital Public Library of America.” This idea, of a national digital library, has been tried in the Netherlands, France, and Japan.
  • In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000
    The Freer Gallery of Art has a new book and online resource on bibles from before the year 1000.

Books

Fun

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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