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The History of Vaccines

The History of Vaccines websiteThe History of Vaccines website is a project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia that has been recognized by both the 2011 Best of the Web awards and the Webby Awards.

The site offers well-researched articles on the history of disease and vaccines, a gallery of historic documents and images collected from museums and other institutions, timelines to help visitors understand diseases and vaccines through history, and activities that use interaction to promote learning.

Travel from 900 CE, when Persian physician Rhazes produced the first published comparison of measles and smallpox, all the way to the 2010 cholera epidemic in Haiti, through the Timelines section of the History of Vaccines website.

Indians of the Midwest: Interviews, Maps, Essays, and Other Resources

The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library recently launched the new website “Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present,” thanks to funding from the NEH. We noted the launch last week in What We’re Reading. Today we’ll explore the structure of the site and the multimedia resources it offers.

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Indians of the Midwest offers recent scholarship on the 34 recognized tribes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

100 Years at the National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural HistoryThe Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is celebrating its centennial.  To look back over the past 100 years, the museum has created a section on its website to  highlight items from its collections, present accounts of  scientific expeditions, tell  stories and collect oral histories of those who’ve worked at the museum over the years, and more.

Take a look through the profiles of the people who’ve been a part of the National Museum of Natural History for the past 100 years to get a glimpse behind the scenes.

EDSITEment Opens Doors to 13 Online Encyclopedias of U.S. States and Territories

For students seeking information on a U.S. state or territory, EDSITEment’s list of 13 encyclopedias (including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) offers a gateway to edited and authoritative information. These encyclopedias offer an extensive amount of facts, as well as photographs, maps, and more. Below we highlight just a few, but see the EDSITEment page for all 13.

Crowdsourcing the Civil War

Have a little time to spare? Consider helping transcribe Civil War letters and diaries online.

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the libraries of the University of Iowa put together the exhibit “‘Now Do Not Let Your Courage Fail’: Voices from the Civil War,” currently on display at the university, which incorporates letters and diaries from three manuscript collections. As a part of this exhibit documents were scanned and made available online here (image below).

Civil War Diaries and Letters

While the scanning of 3,011 pages of letters and diaries is an accomplishment, they still need to be transcribed to make them more readable and searchable for those who visit them online (see an example of a transcribed and finished document).

A New Nation Votes: Election Data from 1787 to 1825

A New Nation VotesThe May issue of Perspectives on History contains a series of articles on political history today (read more in our recent blog post), including Rosemarie Zagarri’s examination of the A New Nation Votes (NNV) database.  Her article explores how the data from the NNV project has uncovered formerly forgotten elections (including a special election for Henry Clay) and interesting controversies (for example, in 1824 a number of voters inadvertently voted for Andrew Jackson when they meant to vote for John Quincy Adams).

What We’re Reading: February 24, 2011 Edition

Library of Congress new Chronicling America historic newspaper siteHistory education is important to the AHA, and this week we begin this week with two links on the subject. First up, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has put together a commission, which includes a number of prominent historians, to come up with ways to improve excellence in the humanities in the U.S. Then, we link to an article from The Economist, which emphasizes the need to improve history education, despite the push for an increased focus on math and science.

February 24, 2011