While traditional newspapers may not be the way of the future, they were definitely the way of the past. Here on AHA Today we’ve profiled a number of sites that feature digitized newspapers. Today, we round up some of those past posts and reconnect you to those resources. Know of other online digitized newspapers? Let us know in the comments.
This week we’ve been reading a lot about digital scholarship. We link to Ed Ayers’ podcast on it, Google’s millions of dollars to support it, and a number of instances of it (podcasts, and blogs, and sites). We’ve also been reading about jobs, from tracking who got hired where to a recent survey on job satisfaction. Then, we turn to the Cold War and take a look at spies during that period, and how the Cold War has led to fear and anger in politics today.
Many state libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies use the web to digitize their resources and make their individual state’s history available for a broad audience to access for both general purposes or academic research. For this very reason, we’ve decided to highlight a few of these digital state libraries below.
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, professor emerita of history at Rutgers University and notable New Orleans historian, began her researching journey in 1984 for what is now the Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy project.
In the news this week, Virginia prepares for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Mary Beth Norton becomes a member of the American Philosophical Society, NPR remembers the Kent State shootings, and Richard Overy takes a look at academic history in Britain. Next, we feature three links on web sites: web site creation as a class project, Chinese public health posters on the NLM site, and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s well designed collections display. We also look to Twitter, with an article on the ramifications of saving the Twitter archives and another on how a Calculus II class is resurrecting Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz in 140 character bursts.
Just a month ago the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced it was using $16 million to fund 286 humanities projects (we noted this in the April 1 edition of What We’re Reading). The grants were offered in 15 categories. One of the categories is Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, meant to “encourage innovations in the digital humanities by supporting the planning stages of projects.”
It feels like summer in D.C. (where the AHA headquarters resides) so it seemed appropriate this week to include some links to a favorite summer sport: baseball. But first, some newsworthy items: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell revives Confederate History Month, a recent forum discusses graduate humanities education, a grad student unearths Haiti’s Declaration of Independence, and the New York Times investigates the legality of unpaid internships (another summer staple). We also bring you two articles related to research and technology: evaluate Martha Ballard’s Diary through “topic modeling” and discover the new book2net scanner at the Library of Congress.
The Computer History Museum was established in 1999, houses artifacts and exhibits in its building in California, and “seeks to preserve a comprehensive view of computing history.” If you’re not planning on making a trip to the West Coast anytime soon, just visit via the web and explore the Computer History Museum’s online exhibits. Here are just a few:
- The Babbage Engine – Charles Babbage, the engines he built and how they worked, key people in Babbage’s life and work, and the London Science Museum’s 1985 recreation of the Difference Engine No.
The University of Nebraska Lincoln online libraries digital collections provide access (though some sections are restricted) to impressive collections of WWII photographs, Plains Tribes artifacts, Whitman photographs, and much more. One such collection presents Government Comics on topics like consuming energy, contributing to war efforts, training for careers, and preventing forest fires. Well-known cartoon characters like Blondie, Li’l Abner, and Yogi Bear make appearances in a number of the comics. Some of the comics have aged better than others and most contain humorous and sometimes questionable advice and terminology.