Today’s What We’re Reading features IBM’s 1937 corporate songbook, Great Depression photography, resources for teaching the Ebola crisis, and much more!
Historian Afsaneh Najmabadi, winner of the AHA’s 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize, has spent the last few years not working in archives, but building an archive. Last week, at an event hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), she walked through the results of her efforts: “Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran,” a digital collection of family papers, official documents, and personal belongings that attempts to open avenues of research into the lives and influence of women in Iran from 1796–1925.
Today marks the 68th anniversary of the largest amphibious invasion in history, the June 6, 1944, launch of the attack by the Allied forces on German-occupied France. Sixty-eighth anniversaries don’t prompt widespread remembrances, but a few organizations are noting the date by recognizing individuals who took part in the invasion.
In Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France, the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument Project will dedicate a statue depicting Major Richard D. Winters, who, as a first lieutenant, parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division.
Maybe you are researching recent British history, and are interested in finding out how London’s mayoral election 2008 was discussed in local blogs? Or you are studying the celebrations of Darwin’s 200th birthday in 2009? Then the UK Web Archive may be able to help you. The UK Web Archive, which is based in the British Library, is one of the oldest, most ambitious national initiatives to archive a small selection of the millions of web sites currently in the U.K.
The AHA’s 126th Annual Meeting in Chicago this January 5-8, 2012, will feature nearly two dozen sessions on digital history. This series, titled The Future is Here, includes presentations, discussions, and demonstrations of how digital methods might assist historical research and the humanities in general.
The AHA hopes that its meetings will become a hub where scholars and digital technologists come to debate, present new work, and stay up-to-date in research and publishing technology.
The Frick Art Reference Library recently announced that research documentation on 125,000 works of art as well as 15,000 images of works of art from its Photoarchive are now available online. Between 1922 and 1967, representatives of the Frick Art Reference Library traveled through the U.S. and Europe taking photographs of mostly unpublished works of art and creating this Photoarchive, in order to document these works for researchers. Learn more below in highlights from the library’s press release. For even more information, you can also read the proposal the Frick Art Reference Library submitted to NEH to win the grant that enabled the completion of this project.
In the news this week, online buzz about possiblehuman-subject research rules, judge orders release of Nixon grand jury testimony, increase in political science jobs, D.C. reaches temperatures it hasn’t seen in nearly a sesquicentennial, and a new translation is out for an 1830s autobiography of a “Muslim American Slave.” We also link to digital history articles on newly awarded digital humanities start-up grants, the new Historical Thinking Project website, and historians using digitized records from London’s Old Bailey courthouse. Also read a CNN contributor’s thoughts on the question“If students fail history, does it matter?” and the draft foreword of Dan Cohen’s new book.
We begin this week with some extensive coverage of the U.S. History report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Both Jim Grossman and Lee White (executive directors of the AHA and the NCH, respectively) dissect the results and offer their thoughts. We also link to other articles with reactions from historians. Then, read articles on the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, the 2011 National Book Festival, Art History PhDs, Kissinger papers, and 11 endangered historic places.