Tag Archives: digitization

What We’re Reading: June 24, 2010 Edition

Last week the AHA announced its new report (with the OAH and NCPH) on how public history should factor in to tenure and promotion proceedings, and this week Inside Higher Ed takes note. In other news, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville gets set to digitize newspapers and California Newsreel announces this month's free film preview. We then link to two articles on museums: one from Wired on the American Museum of Natural History, and the other from American Association of Museums. We also cover articles on a 1976 image from South Africa, teeth and history, and preserving Hinchliffe Stadium. Finally, a new online collection of letters, Victorian "yellowbacks" the New York Public Library's menu collection, and just for fun a comic for history educators. Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: May 27, 2010 Edition

Last week, former president of the AHA Jonathan Spence gave the 39th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. We start off this week with two related links on what he said. Then, John Fea live blogs the Texas Social Studies hearings, the National Archives uses Facebook to locate items and seeks comments for the National Declassification Center, and Mark Twain’s memoirs go public. Looking to digital history, Lincoln Mullen considers digital-minded humanists, Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt write a book in one week, and ProfHacker looks at WordPress for building web sites. Also read about how not to procrastinate, the ancestry of corn, and a mass murder in 1832. We also take a look at a number of objects this week: maps, a money order, and African American garments. Finally, just for fun, learn the history of men in tights and the ATM. Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: May 20, 2010 Edition

We start off this week with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Then, hear about the Spring 2010 Roy Rosenzweig Forum, check out an upcoming New-York Historical Society seminar, take a look at the Washington Post’s photographic collection of oil spills through history, and peruse some of the Smithsonian’s more unique holdings. We also note two articles, one from The Chronicle and the other from Inside Higher Ed, on pursuing non-academic jobs. From the British Library, a new newspaper digitization project and a closer look at their online maps exhibit. With the approaching summer months in mind we look to two articles on homes and history. Finally, just for fun, have you picked up your copy of Twilight and History, picked up some tips from Leonardo da Vinci’s résumé, or learned the history of the toilet from Bill Bryson?

Digital State Libraries

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. Article By: Jessica Pritchard

What We’re Reading: April 29, 2010 Edition

We start off this week with a selection of articles on history and new media. First up, Slate magazine looks at how historians may use the Twitter archive in the future. Then, listen to a Digital Campus podcast on “social history,” read Sharon Leon’s series on "21st Century Public History,” and check out a new document on the National Library of Medicine’s Turning the Pages site. Following this are a number of American history related articles: K.C. Johnson looks at what’s “deemphasized” in the teaching of U.S. history, Inside Higher Ed looks at the Tea Party movement and the misconstruing of American history, the Legal History Blog notes a new journal on Civil War history, and more. Finally, a historian admits to dissing his competition on Amazon and NPR looks at “land bought by newly freed slaves in the 1860s and 1870s” seven generations later. Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: March 4, 2010 Edition

In the news this week, congratulations to Gordon S. Wood on winning the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize. Also, read about a new Pew Internet and American Life Project on media use. Under the theme of history online, hear about the challenges of a history archive, the risk of losing digital materials, and two articles on Google Books (a German take and French one). We also bring you two articles on history months as well as the discovery of a long lost Descartes letter.  And finally, just for fun, a new look at Abraham Lincoln…and vampires. Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: February 18, 2010 Edition

Due to last week’s winter weather and office closing we’ve rolled two What We’re Reading posts into one.  First off, hear from Patrick D. Tardieu about threats to Haiti’s cultural heritage. Then, check out articles on sociology and religion, budget cuts in Britain,  NTHP’s dozen distinctive destinations, merging history and the language arts, history on the moon, and history in Antarctica. We also have two film links: one on Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness and the other on “The Death of the Biopic.” In the digital history category, read about digitally reuniting documents, online textbooks, and experimenting with new technologies. We still have a few more weeks left in February, so we’ve put together a number of Black History Month links on a North Carolina sit-in site, Black History in Virginia, Oregon’s black pioneers, and Frederick Douglass. And finally, just for fun, see a graph of what one wore to college 70 years ago and take a quiz on your knowledge of presidential history. Article By: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
February 18, 2010