Congratulations to former AHA president Natalie Zemon Davis for winning the $785,000 Holberg International Memorial Prize for 2010. This prize recognizes “outstanding scholarly work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.” Meanwhile, we also note the sad news of the loss of Richard Stites, historian of Russian culture. We bring you two articles on politics and history: a new version of American history and the Texas Board of Education’s questionable textbook revisions. On the topic of advice for the history profession read some thoughts on different approaches to tenure and how to write an article this summer. We also have two articles on American history and slavery, looking at a forgotten attempted slave escape and a collection of donated Harriet Tubman objects. Check out a number of roundups and archives online, covering federal videos, C-Span, collections of private letters, and a patent medicine trade card collection. Finally, catch up on thoughts on Cuba-U.S. relations, a profile of an FBI historian, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, links on the history of food (that may or may not make you hungry), and more.
Article By: Kelly Elmore, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita Jones, and Jessica Pritchard
The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division “collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in all time periods and cultures.” On their web site you’ll find links to historical collections , exhibitions, and digital projects.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
In our roundup this week we have links to a look back on the life of Howard Zinn, news of a new children’s history museum, steps to open a Ulysses S. Grant library, a request for input from the National Archives, a look at combining history and video games, and new evidence in the history of surgery. Then, some digital history: the BBC and British museum join forces in a podcast, Priya Chhaya describes “Historian 2.0,” a blog series about the digital archives of every state continues, and the University of Chicago Press releases this month’s free e-book. Next, explore aerial images of New York from the 1920s, images from National Archives now in Flickr, and a story from NPR on a 1848 image of Phineas Gage. Finally, we finish up with a few links just for fun: Holden Caulfield’s A People’s History of the United States
, a quiz on your knowledge of the 220 State of the Union addresses, a snarky 1905 letter from Mark Twain, and a look at currency across time and place.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
The Special Collections of the USDA’ National Agricultural Library offer Agricultural Historians, and those with similar interests, access to “rare books, manuscript collections, nursery and seed trade catalogs, photographs, and posters from the 1500s to the present.”
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
Happy Holidays! On this Christmas Eve, check out a collection of digital humanities sessions at our upcoming annual meeting, take a peek at the making of an online exhibit, and consider what could have been if Alexandria and Arlington had never left Washington, D.C. Then, get in the holiday spirit with notable snowstorms of the past, a digitized version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” a reenactment of Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware, and archives of Christmas kitsch and Hanukkah caroling.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Jessica Pritchard
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this delicious holiday, we start off this week’s What We’re Reading with Thanksgiving and food related posts. Then, check out images from the Library of Congress’s Flickr page, Yuri Dojc's “Last Folio” exhibit, and a forgotten file at the Denver Post
. Finally listen to an NPR story on “An Unlikely African-American Music Historian,” take a look at “Mr. Wilson’s University,” and check out Jeffrey Herf’s “Hate Radio” along with Richard Wolin’s response, ”Herf’s Misuses of History.”
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Jessica Pritchard
To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, we’ve compiled a list of web sites below for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and education.
Article By: Jessica Pritchard
In the news this week, Harvard University opened DASH, “a central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard.”Meanwhile, the Library of Congress announced it will acquire the Jack F. Kemp collection. Those in the classroom may want to check out two links included this week: resources for Constitution Day and an archive of information on the American presidents. We also link to an article on the history of homeownership in the U.S., and why renting isn’t such a bad idea. And check out a section of Wired’s
web site called “This Day in Tech.” Finally, we bring you two links to photography resources. First, NARA asks what they should post next to their Flickr account, and second, blogger Jason Kottke points to the Library of Congress’s online exhibit of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii’s work.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend