In the news this week, a bill has been introduced to eliminate the NHPRC, the Minnesota Historical Society has closed due to a state shutdown, and Borders bookstores are no more. Then, the negative news continues with teacher performance bonuses being eliminated in New York, a new research report showing low numbers for the humanities, and research libraries facing limited resources. Read on for thoughts on Skype interviews and the expectations of history grad students. Finally, we round up a number of posts on preserving the past: smells from history, archiving the Internet, collecting oral histories, a Spokane History mobile app, an exhibit of U.S. presidents’ ailments, and a look back at bicycles.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend
The 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.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Kathleen Sheldon
In the news this week, the National Library of Medicine announces its student volunteer internship program, teachers add over 1,700 activities in six months to the National Archives DocsTeach site, and the Hagley Museum and Library has digitized Enron documents. Then, read about the benefits of peer review, an interview with Robert Darnton on the Digital Public Library of America, and what conference goers want out of a mobile app. Finally, look back at the first electric car, learn about changes in remembering the Civil War in Charleston, hear the story behind old Australian mug shots, and travel back to 1900s Europe.
Article By: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Matthew Keough and Robert B. Townsend
This week we remember Frank Buckles, the last living American veteran of World War I until he passed away less than a week ago. While a government shutdown isn’t news yet, the Washington Post looks back to shutdowns in the past in preparation. Next, we link to two articles this week that advocate for more history education for the public. Then, read about the historical accuracy of recent Oscar films, and consider putting together your own film for a National Library of Medicine contest. Finally, catch up on two history carnivals, look back at William Steinway’s diary and W.E.B. DuBois’ students’ infographics, play an academic guessing game, and check out a new citation app.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend
The University of Minnesota’s Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences is intended to promote research on post-World War II developments in academic health centers and health science research using the University of Minnesota Archives.
In the news this week, historian Tony Judt has passed away at 62, and AHA member Richard Brown chairs the search for the new director of the Office of the Historian in the U.S. House of Representatives. Planning for the new school year? EDSITEment has put together collections of its most used content, and the ArchivesNext blog has picked winners for the Best Archives on the Web awards. Then we look behind the scenes with Dan Cohen on the One Week | One Tool project, learn the state of the e-book, and question Google's count of all the books in the world. Also, read answers from historians, prepare for the job market, and learn about James Smithson. Finally, view some Department of Agriculture propaganda video, look at posters from East Germany and Boston, and learn about a medieval fortress being built in...Arkansas.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Rob B. Townsend
The AHA recently updated the Directory of History Journals
! The database currently includes 393 journals...
In the news this week, new restrictions and fees for researchers entering the U.S. raises concerns, Marilyn B. Young’s Decolonization lecture is now online, historian Robert N. Proctor continues to deal with Big Tobacco, ICHS gears up for Amsterdam 2010, and Newsweek
takes a look at the last decade. On the topic of African American history we bring you two articles: one on Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and the other on BlackPast.org. Then we turn to the archives, looking to forgotten treasures and a turn to the digital. And finally, we round this post of with some fun: performer Lin-Manuel Miranda raps about Alexander Hamilton, a “historic gastronomist” recreates meals from the past, and the University of Chicago lets visitors “make [their] own academic sentence.”
Article By: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend