At its meeting in early June, the AHA Council accepted four new applications for affiliation from the Association for Documentary Editing and three research centers at the Newberry Library (the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture). The three centers join the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies as affiliates of the AHA. Learn more about each center below:
- Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
The McNickle Center’s goals are to encourage the use of the Newberry collections in American Indian and indigenous studies; improve the quality of what is written about American Indians and indigenous peoples; educate teachers about American Indian and indigenous cultures, histories, and literatures; assist American Indian tribal and indigenous historians in their research; and provide a meeting ground where scholars, teachers, tribal historians, and others interested in American Indian and indigenous studies can discuss their work with each other.
The National Council on Public History (NCPH) annual meeting in Pensacola got off to a sunny start on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with a reception overlooking the bay from the lawn of the 1825 Barkley House in Historic Pensacola Village. Historic Pensacola is a collection of 28 historic buildings maintained and interpreted by West Florida Historic Preservation in partnership with the University of West Florida.
Sessions take place at Historic Pensacola and the Pensacola Grand Hotel, a property whose lobby incorporates the repurposed 1912 L&N passenger railroad depot.
Applications and nominations are now welcome for the office of Treasurer of the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The late Robert Griffith, who served admirably in the post, was forced by illness to resign effective January 1, 2011. Jay Goodgold is now serving as Interim Treasurer until a new Treasurer can be found. OAH President David Hollinger has appointed a sub-committee of the Executive Board to review all candidates and to offer a recommendation to the Board.
Ideally, candidates would have a strong record of administrative service and demonstrated ability to handle complex budgets.
Some of us are old enough to remember differential pricing by region. Before the 1970s, ads in national magazines often listed two prices for clothing or appliances—one a general price and the other for purchases made “West of the Rockies.” Those mountains formed a remarkable barrier to commerce, and historians found crossing them daunting as well.
At the dawn of the last century, when most of America’s universities were located east of the Mississippi and transcontinental travel was slow, a West Coast historian would need two to three weeks to attend an annual meeting of the still-young AHA.
The AHA welcomes the Construction History Society of America as its newest Affiliated Society.
Our new affiliate has the following statement of purpose:
The Construction History Society of America is dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment—its creation, maintenance, and management. It is a forum for scholars and professionals in the field to share, meet, and exchange ideas and research. Membership is open to a wide range of construction-related disciplines involved in the planning, development, design, and construction of buildings and engineering infrastructure, in addition to those concerned with their operation and preservation.
At its meeting today, the AHA Council approved applications for affiliation from the National Coalition for Independent Scholars and the Toynbee Prize Foundation, joining 114 other affiliated societies. Affiliates receive rooms for session and other functions at the AHA meeting (at no charge), are listed in our online Directory of Affiliated Societies, and are also invited to submit information to the “Affiliate News” column in Perspectives on History.
They Council also rescinded the suspension of affiliate status for the Ukrainian Historical Association, which was imposed in June 2009.
Speaking at a meeting of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Director of the CIA General Michael V. Hayden announced that next week the agency would release most of the so-called ”Family Jewels,” a 693-page set of documents compiled in 1973, when Director James R. Schlesinger asked employees to report on notorious operations they thought might be inconsistent with the agency’s charter. “Much of it has been in the press before, and most of it is unflattering, but it is CIA’s history,” said Hayden.
Phi Alpha Theta and the World History Association are co-sponsoring a student paper prize in world history. They define a world history paper as one that examines any historical issue with global implications. An award of $400 will be given for the best undergraduate world history paper, and an additional award of $400 will be presented for the best graduate level world history paper, both composed at an accredited college or university during the academic year of 2006-07. Applicants must be members of either the World History Association or Phi Alpha Theta.