We start off this week with matters of the history profession, linking to a question from Dan Cohen about scholarly society meetings, a report from The Wall Street Journal
on how satisfied history majors are with their careers, and an article from The Chronicle
about the risks of citing digital sources. Read also about the ongoing legal effort to unseal Nixon’s grand jury testimony and hear what the American History Guys say about the history of the U.S./Mexico border. Next we look to news and articles on some online resources. The National Archives has announced a new plan to post documents of the Founders for free to the public, the DCRA is putting D.C. maps that span a century on Flickr, the Transcribe Bentham project looks for transcription help, Robert Darnton lobbies for a national digital library, and the Freer Gallery of Art displays some ancient bibles. Finally, we check out some recent books (and book events) and have some fun with The Onion
and ancient Greece.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Fans of historic maps may be interested in the Crace Collection of Maps of London brought to us by the British Library.
Article By: David Darlington
Historical maps can not only offer a fascinating glimpse into the past, but also be beautiful works of art. We've highlighted a number of maps on AHA Today in the past and today we revisit those posts and also link to new map resources.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
Along the lines of Perspectives on History’s
May 2009 theme issue of history and digital technology, historians may be interested in the web site Henry Hudson 400. This site celebrates the 400th anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage to the Americas in search of a water passage to the Pacific Ocean.
Article By: David Darlington
The big news this week is the resignation of Allen Weinstein from his position as Archivist of the United States. The deputy archivist will step up until President-elect Obama nominates a replacement in January. Speaking of the president-elect, we point to an MSNBC article featuring historians discussing the historic nature of the recent election. Then read articles on ranking journals, the fight against plagiarism, conference advice, and a fun look at “original meanings of the world’s place names.”
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
A number of news items start us off in this edition of What We’re Reading. First up, the National History Center and the Teagle Foundation have released a new report on “The Role of the History Major in Liberal Education.” Then the Office for Human Research Protections appoints a new head, the Park services opens the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site, and OHA launches a new web site. We also link to articles on “How Muslims Made Europe,” a profile of an assistant professor, wikipedia and “truth,” and a new mapping project. Rounding out this post we note articles related to two (unrelated) themes: presidential campaigns and Halloween.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend
Almost two years ago we reported the addition of David Rumsey Historical Maps to the Google Earth application. But did you know that 120 Rumsey Historical Maps have also been integrated into Google Maps? This mashup has the same features as the Google Earth/Rumsey Map combination (like the ability to adjust the transparency of the map overlay) but without the need to download other software.
Article by: Elisabeth Grant
The Internet has transformed (like so many other things) the way we see and use maps. But whether it’s the use of a new map, or the reinterpretation of an old one, it’s the interactive nature of these online maps that is so fascinating (and fun).