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.
To start off this week, check out the pamphlet image from the AHA’s G.I. Roundtable series that is featured in the CUNY 2010 calendar. Then, read some big news from the National History Center: they recently received a huge contribution from the Mellon Foundation. EDSITEment has a number newsworthy items: an upcoming web site redesign, new lesson plans, and feature for December that includes a podcast from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mark your calendars for a free concert December 18th, showcasing the Library of Congress’s Stradivarius instruments.
Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, died this week at the age of 93. In this edition of What We’re Reading we link to an article from the Washington Post and to recordings of his exchanges with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Other news-worthy links this week include the release of FBI interviews with Saddam Hussein and the appointment of a military history position. We then point to two upcoming events: a conference on diplomacy in a world of Facebook and the annual National Book Festival.
To start off this week’s What We’re Reading we note the historians that have won 2009 Guggenheim Fellowships. Then, we point to a video of Supreme Court Justice David Souter speaking on "The Humanities in a Civil Society” and news of the architectural team chosen to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read articles on the past and future of the economy, how to use Wikipedia as a teaching tool, and ways to “establish learning outcomes for undergraduate majors in history.” Finally, check out museum channels on YouTube, book binding digitization, and, just for fun, the history of White House pets.
In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the possibilities of digital history. New resources and tools have proliferated, seeming to promise a stream of new opportunities for teachers and students. Overlooked by the migration toward the digital classroom is the important issue of access to technology. Quite simply – do your students have access to computers and the internet? In my own experience, the answer is no.
I plan my classroom assignments by considering a long set of questions concerning my goals for this specific lesson and its role in the overall course.
On AHA Today we’re always looking for to bring you more digital resources. We start off this a video of a lecture given by David Levering Lewis, news of the Library of Congress’s new YouTube channel, an article on the possibility of future presidential libraries being digital, and a link to a new collection of digitized Food and Drug Administration documents. Then, see our selection of image related links, including LIFE magazine photos from the day Martin Luther King Jr. died, a four part series on a Civil War photograph mystery, and a look at the work of photographer Eddie Adams.
What We’re Reading this week is organized into three categories. First up is digitization, with articles on the digitization of scholarly journals, public domain books, and Spanish-language songs, as well as a list of digital archives online. This is followed by a small collection of online video resources. In the news category learn about recently presented grants and awards, a newly released newsletter, discoveries from the 1800s, and just for fun a roundup of some April Fools’ Day shenanigans. Finally, we wrap up with a couple of links to more remembrances of John Hope Franklin.
In last week’s What We’re Reading, we linked to a New York Times story about an article under consideration for publication in the American Historical Review. This week we link to a follow-up in the NYT about how the article was rejected, and to AHR editor Robert Schneider’s response to the whole leaked article situation. Then, read about two policy statements that deal with oral history and Institutional Review Boards (IRB). Lincoln gets two mentions in this week’s post when we link to an interview with James McPherson and to new photos on the Library of Congress Flickr page.