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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Two fellowships are available per year to interested scholars whose research is well suited to the health science and administrative collections in the university archives. Where possible, preference will be given to early career scholars: graduate students in the research stage of their dissertation and recent PhDs.
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.
The AHA recently updated the Directory of History Journals! The Directory has been available for a little over two years and offers an extensive database with links to English-language journals that publish in various fields of history. The database currently includes 393 journals divided by category in alphabetical order. In our recent update of the Directory, we have added new titles and provided new links to some of the journals that were already listed. In the last couple of years, in fact, a few journals have migrated to new presses, while some presses have changed the configuration of their web sites and assigned new links to their 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.