Author Archives: David Darlington

Making History in San Diego

San Diego Historical SocietyIn January 2010, the AHA annual meeting will be held in San Diego for the first time. In anticipation of this historic (so to speak) event, check out the web site of the San Diego Historical Society.

The San Diego Historical Society maintains four* two unique museums in southern California: the Museum of San Diego History and the Junipero Serra Museum (one of San Diego’s most familiar landmarks, located in Presidio Park), the George White & Anna Gunn Marston House, and Villa Montezuma*.

In Memoriam: Ernest R. May

Ernest R. MayErnest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University and a consultant to numerous government agencies, passed away on June 1, 2009, following complications from cancer surgery. He was a 50 year member of the AHA.

Ernest May was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 19, 1928. He received his PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles (1951). He joined the Harvard University faculty in 1954, after serving in the Navy Reserve during the Korean War and working as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, achieved full professorship in 1963, and was named Charles Warren professor in 1981.

Henry Hudson Meets Google Maps

Henry Hudson 400th AnniversaryAlong the lines of Perspectives on History’s May 2009 theme issue of history and digital technology, historians may be interested in the web site Henry Hudson 400. This site celebrates the 400th anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage to the Americas in search of a water passage to the Pacific Ocean.

Borrowing from the National Archives of the Netherlands, Henry Hudson 400 has taken a selection of rare maps and documents, and in collaboration with Google, overlaid them onto contemporary Google maps of the same areas.

In Memoriam: David Herbert Donald

David Herbert Donald passed away Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the age of 88. Donald was a life member of the AHA, having joined the organization in 1946. The Mississippi native was a well-regarded scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for biographies of abolitionist Charles Sumner (1961) and writer Thomas Wolfe (1988).

Donald received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi (1941), and then received his MA (1942) and PhD (1946) in history from the University of Illinois, where his advisor was James G.

From the ArchivesWiki: Hazel Braugh Record Center & Archives

Hazel Braugh Records Center and Archives, American Red CrossA couple days ago, we introduced you to Lindsay Flanagan, who works as a museum program associate at the American Red Cross. For those interested in Red Cross history, the organization’s Hazel Braugh Records Center and Archives is now a part of our ArchivesWiki project. The Hazel Braugh Records Center and Archives houses the corporate memory of the American Red Cross National Headquarters. The center holds organizational records and a library collection, as well as still and moving image materials.

AHA Member wins Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations are in order for AHA member Annette Gordon-Reed, professor at Rutgers University-Newark and New York Law School, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for History for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The book recounts the history of four generations of the Hemings family up to the 1826 death of Thomas Jefferson. The Pulitzer judges said The Hemingses of Monticello is a “painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson."

The book previously won the 2008 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

From the ArchivesWiki: Presidential Libraries

Archives Wiki American Historical AssociationThe National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains 12 presidential libraries under its authority. These presidential libraries serve as museums for the partisans of the men who’ve served as president going back Herbert Hoover, as well as sites of serious scholarly inquiry.

Did you know each presidential library has its own page in our ArchivesWiki? We invite presidential scholars and others who have done research in these libraries to contribute to this ongoing project:

The 2009 Job Center: Change and Continuity

At the Job Center at this year’s annual meeting in New York City, many applicants (and, to be honest, search committees) were worried about how recent economic news was going to affect the history job market. The final numbers from the Job Center, detailed below, tend to confirm these concerns.

As Robert B. Townsend reported in the January 2009 issue, job advertising in Perspectives on History declined 15 percent in fall 2008, and many departments are concerned that fiscal difficulties on the state level will result in the freezing of funds for new hires.