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The New Directory is Here

Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and HistoriansThe AHA is proud to announce the recent publication of the 36th edition of the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. Available in both a print version and online, the Directory offers information on 800 history programs and historical organizations and almost 30,000 historians and history specialists.

The print version of the Directory is divided into three sections: history departments in the United States, history departments in Canada, and historical organizations in both countries. The listings provide a basic snapshot of the activities and personnel in the history departments as of summer 2010, including contact information, tuition, enrollment data, and faculty roster (departments are responsible for keeping this information up to date).

Historian Named MacArthur Fellow

Annette Gordon-Reed MacArthur FellowThe John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010 on September 28th. Among the winners of these “genius grants” was historian and AHA member Annette Gordon-Reed, who also won the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009. Gordon-Reed has authored definitive works on the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. She is on the faculty of Harvard Law School, with joint appointments as Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Carol K.

Digital Military Newspaper Library

Digital Military Newspaper LibraryThe University of Florida Libraries Digital Collections has established a Digital Military Newspaper Library.

This pilot project features contemporary and historic military newspapers from Naval and Air Force bases in Florida, Georgia, the Panama Canal, and Cuba, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The collection is searchable by keyword or by several different categories such as title, author, location and date of publication, or target audience. The full text of all articles can also be searched, or you can simply browse the collection, which now has 22 titles and a couple thousand issues.

National Book Festival Returns to D.C.

2010 National Book FestivalLess than a month from now—September 25, 2010—the Library of Congress will hold its 10th annual National Book Festival on the national mall between 3rd and 7th streets.

In tents set up on the mall grounds, visitors can buy books, get autographs, hear speakers, and ask questions of their favorite authors in the categories of “Children,” “Contemporary Life,” “Fiction and Mystery,” “History and Biography,” “Poetry and Prose,” and “Teens and Children.” The current list of authors can be found here.  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.

Books by Members – July 2010

As a service to AHA members, we are listing books by members received in the headquarters office in recent months. These postings will only constitute an announcement of their publication and provide short descriptions of the books. These are not reviews. Books for review by the AHR need to be sent to the attention of Moureen Coulter, 914 Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401. See previous books by members blog posts: September 2009, October 2009, December 2009, and April 2010.

Help Us Update the Directory!

Summertime is when the AHA updates its annual Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. We request the assistance of both individual members and history departments/organizations to help complete this task.

Individual members are requested to log in and review their membership information (affiliation, contact information, specializations, and privacy settings) by June 15, 2010, when we will be compiling this information for inclusion in the Directory. Requests for assistance should be made to the Membership Department.

Historians among 2010 ACLS Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced the winners of its 2010 fellowship competition. Over $15 million was awarded to more than 380 scholars, including many historians. ACLS fellowships and grants are awarded to individual scholars for excellence in research in the humanities and related social sciences. The complete list of winners is available on the ACLS web site. Among the winners are the following historians:

ACLS Fellowships: Karl Appuhn (NYU); Thomas W. Barton (San Diego); Emily Kay Berquist (California State, Long Beach); Lisa M.

Maps of London – Crace Collection

British Library Magnificent Maps Fans of historic maps may be interested in the Crace Collection of Maps of London brought to us by the British Library. This collection includes over 1,200 maps and plans of the British capital, an “essential guide through the history of London.” The maps roughly cover the years 1570 through 1860.

The collection was compiled in the first half of the 19th century by Frederick Crace, an interior designer to Britain’s rich and powerful. Crace was appointed to Commissioner of Sewers in 1818, and took up an interest in the history of the streets of London, an interest which continued until his death.