What We’re Reading: May 5, 2011 Edition

Newseum Osama bin LadenThe major news this week was the death of Osama bin Laden, we link to the Newseum’s newspaper front page archive to examine reactions around the world (see also the front pages from September 12, 2011). In other news, a recent study finds National History Day students outperforming their peers, EDSITEment has a number of new items on their site for May, and the Webby awards recognize the sites of a number of history related organizations. We link to three archives links: an online Nazi-era records database, the papers of environmental activist Ellen Stern Harris, and comic-strip archivist Bill Blackbeard. Finally, read more about Drew Gilpin Faust presenting the 2011 Jefferson Lecture, consider how to help history majors find a job, see what an artist thinks the White House interior looked like from 1792 to 1902, learn about preserving camps and artifacts from African American "contraband," or refugees, from the Civil War, judge Zotero vs. Endnote, and just for fun vote on the best facial hair from the Civil War.

News

National History Day StudyArchives

  • Holocaust Resources Portal
    The National Archives has announced the launch of a new Nazi-era records online database offering “digital access to millions of Nazi-era cultural property–related records.”
  • UCLA Catalogs Environmental Activist Ellen Stern Harris’s Collections
    The L.A. Times reports that the papers of Ellen Stern Harris, an environmental activist in California, will be cataloged by UCLA. 
  • Comic-Strip Archivist Bill Blackbeard
    NPR notes the death of Bill Blackbeard, whospent much of his life rescuing hundreds and thousands of actual newspaper comic strips from some very literal trash bins.”

Drew Gilpin Faust and the 2011 Jefferson Lecture
This past Monday night Drew Gilpin Faust, historian and President of Harvard University, delivered the  2011 Jefferson Lecture. Earlier in the day we ran an appreciation of her on the AHA blog: “A Historian’s Historian.” Here now we offer links to a summary of the lecture and an interview with Drew Gilpin Faust.

  • Lecture Summary
    "War is hell—and it’s a helluva story. " The Chronicle’s Jennifer Howard aptly summarizes Faust’s lecture. Or, visit the NEH web site for the full text.
  • Interview
    The NEH’s Jim Leach interviews Drew Faust in the May/June 2011 issue of Humanities.

Civil War BeardsMore

  • History Job Market
    When it comes to history majors and the job market, The Historical Society asks for comments on how history faculty can help.
  • What Past White Houses Looked Like
    NPR reports on the White House Historical Association commissioning an artist to paint 14 images of what the White House may have looked like inside from 1792 to 1902.
  • African Americans and the Civil War
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation writes about remembering and preserving sites related to African American "contraband," aka refugees, from the Civil War, on their Preservation Nation blog.
  • Zotero vs. EndNote
    Profhacker pits citiation software Zotero against EndNote to see who comes out on top.

Fun

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Kathleen Sheldon

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