Our last “History, There’s an App for That” post exclusively featured iPhone apps, to the chagrin of Android phone users. Since that post the Android Market has gone live online, making it much easier to search for Android apps. We’ve scoured this new resource and collected a number of apps historians may be interested in. While it does appear that iPhone still has a wider and better selection of history apps, Android history apps are at least now more available.
In recent news, President Obama nominates Albert Beveridge for the National Council of the Humanities, the National Archives holds a Twitter contest, the National Library of Medicine presents a new oral history search, technology makes an eighth-century manuscript more accessible, and the Library of Congress posts a new set of Civil War photos. Then, we link to a few annual meeting related posts: Nicholas Evan Sarantakes talks about the “Careers in History” session, John Fea gives job seekers advice, and the New Yorker pokes a little fun.
In the news this week, the National Archives National Declassification Center has announced a Prioritization Plan for releasing documents, Georgia shifts its look at the Civil War, the National Library of Medicine adds to its Frankenstein exhibit, and two sites offer ways to search wikileaks.org. Then, check out an art history online textbook, 50 useful apps, and Charles Babbage’s “difference engine.” Finally, remember JFK through pictures and read a little girl’s letter to Abraham Lincoln encouraging him to grow a beard.
The Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center allows visitors to “ search over 5.4 million records with 460,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian’s museums, archives & libraries.” Not only does the site offer access to a massive number of resources, it also presents them in a clean and easy-to-use interface. It’s no wonder it was the winner of the “Best Re-Purposing of Descriptive Data” category in the ArchivesNext Best Archives on the Web awards contest this past summer.
You’ve heard the commercials: from finding the nearest coffee shop, to tracking a flight, to monitoring your spending, there’s an iPhone app for that. So it should come as no surprise that there are apps for history as well.
Whether you need to reference an article of the Constitution, find out what happened today 100 years ago, or learn the history of the London street you’re on, we’ve found some apps that have got you covered.
Read on for a few suggestions, click through links to other articles on history apps, and finally, in the comments, let us know what you use.
DiRT stands for Digital (that’s the D and the i) Research Tools, and the term encompasses software scholars need when researching, writing, and creating scholarship. Where do you get the DiRT? At the Digital Research Tools Wiki. While some of DiRT’s pages have not been recently updated, the site still offers a wealth of information we found worthy of being highlighted.
London Lives, a new online project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and developed by the universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire, focuses on the perspectives of common Londoners in the 18th-century, shedding light on a turbulent era in England (We briefly noted London Lives earlier this month). This project offers access to hundreds of thousands of primary sources pulled from eight London archives, publicly surfacing over three million names of 18th-century plebeian Londoners. In doing so, the project hopes to encourage everyone from academic researchers to the general public to engage in a more personal form of research, especially since the participating archives make reference to many of the same Londoners across various sources.
The Newberry Library in Chicago’s Frontier to Heartland site is an online collection of primary sources, many of which offer corresponding scholarly commentary. This collection teaches primarily through the visual element, integrating photographs and other images to show the transformation of central North American, or alternatively, “The Heartland.”
There are three ways you can delve into this collection, the first is Perspectives, which offers “essays with a point of view.” These essays include the following:
- Four Centuries traces how the American Midwest has changed from its turbulent begins as a region of conflict between the Europeans and Indians through to a region of modern industrial agriculture.