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.
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 (and how to use them), exhibitions (traveling exhibitions, online exhibitions, and digital projects), and pages especially for first time visitors, scholars and historians, image and film researchers, and teachers and students.
Much of the National Library of Medicine’s historical collections must be accessed through the History of Medicine Reading Room (often after submitting a request through the LocatorPlus library catalog), including tens of thousands of books, hundreds of manuscripts, and thousands of films.
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.
The Special Collections of the USDA’ National Agricultural Library (NAL) 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.” Visit the library 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (or the Special Collections 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) Monday through Friday at the National Agricultural Library’s Abraham Lincoln Building in Beltsville, Maryland.
But, before you make the trip, see what all the National Agricultural Library’s Special Collection has to offer online.
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.
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.”
Thanksgiving and Food Related Posts
- The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings
This page from the Franklin D.
It seems hard to believe that a mere 20 years ago, a physical barrier ran through Berlin, Germany, dividing the city’s residents in two. The Berlin Wall symbolized the Cold War, serving as an incessant reminder to East and West Berliners of their turbulent past, which only bled into their present isolation.
Until November 9, 1989, when the world watched as Berliners traveled freely, harmoniously from the east side of the Germany to the west, from the west side of Germany to the east.
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.