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Schlesinger Library Research Travel Grants

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants.
The library's special collections document over two centuries of United States history, from abolition to transgender rights. Manuscripts, books, periodicals, audiovisual material, photographs, and other objects make up the collections. These materials illuminate the lives of ordinary women as well as American icons such as suffragist Alice Paul, Harlem renaissance writer Dorothy West, civil rights activist Pauli Murray, feminist Betty Friedan, the Republican Party activist Anna Chennault, poet June Jordan, chefs Zarela Martinez, and zine author Cindy Crabb, among many more.
Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and the project's potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge, along with its creativity in drawing on the library's collections. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, scanning, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other research sites.
Research Support Grants – $3,000
For postdoctoral or independent scholars whose research requires use of the library's collections.
Dissertation Grants – $3,000
For scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections.
Oral History Grants – $3,000
For scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States.
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
Offering grants to encourage projects that draw on the resources of 18 major cultural agencies throughout New England.

How To Apply
Visit http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/grants

Applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2016. Awards will be announced in April 2016, to be used for research at the Library between July 2016 and June 2017.

Posted: December 14, 2015
Tagged: Grants

Special Double Issue Call for Papers: Health in the South

The Southern Quarterly solicits carefully documented essays on the history of disease, medical care, and medical institutions in the antebellum and post-bellum South; health care and race; the contributions of prominent 19th- and early to mid-20th-century health care practitioners in the South; health care and the Civil War; the rise of public health agencies in the South; health care and the environment; health care and 19th- and 20th-Century Southern literature—representation of nurses, doctors, and disease in plays, poems, and fiction; health care and the visual arts; health care and popular Southern culture and media.
Essays ranging from 20-30 pages (double-spaced) must be received before March 15, 2016 to be considered for this special issue. Proposals for submission, or questions about your submission, should be sent to the editor at Philip.Kolin@usm.edu.
SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. Please follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/guidelines.htm

Email submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery.

For More Information: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/

Posted: December 14, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Fall 2015 Board Action Items

The Organization of American Historians fall 2015 board action items are now online. They can be read or downloaded here and can also be found along with past board action items and reports here.

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Posted: December 11, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Churchill For Schools: Teaching Modern World History Using Churchill Archives

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge. Based around four broad topics in modern world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive.

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to offer the opportunity to explore this rich archival collection through the guided practice of master teachers and scholars in one of a series of webinar events. Participants will explore teacher-produced classroom investigations that are mined from over 800,000 documents associated with Sir Churchill. More than a view into the life and thoughts of the statesman, these documents bring Churchill to life as a person - as well as the many other major actors in personal correspondance. Use the archives of a great man to learn about lives of ordinary people!

This 60-minute webinar is free of charge and available to any educators at the K-12 or post-secondary level.

Each participant will receive full access to the complete Churchill Archives at no charge.

Each virtual session will:
• apply historical thinking and inquiry-based investigations to modern history topics
• identify and share sets of primary source documents that support that investigation
• connect history teachers from across the globe around practice and curation
• provide free site license access to the Churchill Archives
• work to create best practice models for how technology can bring historical archives alive!

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm EST

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Posted: December 10, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Awarded Three Scholarly Awards for JAH Article

UNM Associate Professor of History and OAH member A. K. Sandoval-Strausz has won three scholarly prizes for his article "Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," which was published last December in the Journal of American History.

The Urban History Association awarded Sandoval-Strausz the 2015 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal. "The insights of this essay," noted the official commendation, "will provoke valuable new research in years to come, potentially shaping the field of urban history as fundamentally as Kenneth Jackson and Arnold Hirsch thirty years ago."

The article also won the 2015 Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History which is awarded to the best scholarly article in the field written in the previous two years.

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Posted: December 9, 2015
Tagged: Clio's Kudos

NEH Public Scholar Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2016 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.

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Posted: December 9, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships, Awards and Prizes

Application Deadline Approaches For New York Historical Society's 2016-2017 Fellowships

The deadline to apply for the New-York Historical Society's prestigious fellowship program for the 2016–2017 academic year is January 5, 2016. Designed to encourage and promote the use of New-York Historical's extraordinary collections of documents, artifacts, and works of art detailing American history from the perspective of New York City, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Details about applications, residency, stipends, and past fellows are available by visiting http://www.nyhistory.org/library/fellowships.

The nine fellowships available for the 2016–2017 academic year include:

The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

The New-York Historical Society's Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. The Klingenstein Library is one of only 16 libraries in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; one of the best collections of 18th-century newspapers in the United States; an outstanding collection of materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; an exceptional collection of Civil War material, including Ulysses S. Grant's terms of surrender for Robert E. Lee; collections relating to trials in the United States prior to 1860; American fiction, poetry and belles-lettres prior to 1850; a broad range of materials relating to the history of the circus; and American travel accounts from the colonial era to the present day.

Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

The Society of American Archivists Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct Call for Submissions

With the adoption of the SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics (Approved by the SAA Council May 2011) and Code of Ethics for Archivists (Approved by the SAA Council February 2005; revised January 2012) there has come a need to provide examples to promote their understanding and utilization in both educational and real environments. The Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is seeking submissions for its Case Studies in Archival Ethics series that explore the multitude of issues addressed in the Code of Values Statement and Code of Ethics. Please consider submitting a case study covering one or more of the codes' areas. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging professionals and authors.

You will find the submission form at: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/committee-on-ethics-and-professional-conduct/call-for-case-studies-in-archival-ethics

Published case studies can be found here.

General questions may be directed to Robert B. Riter, Senior Co-chair, at: rbriter@slis.ua.edu

Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

OAH Statement on Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent History Faculty

The Organization of American Historians has released a statement on Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent History Faculty.

Whereas the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is a professional society whose mission is dedicated to the promotion of "excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history," and to the encouragement of "the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history"; and...

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Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

OAH Statement on Campus Carry

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly supports the statement endorsed by numerous scholarly organizations expressing deep concern about laws permitting individuals to carry guns in college classrooms and throughout college campuses.

A full list of those scholarly organizations as well as the OAH's full statement can be found here. 

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Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Call for Proposals for the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting Now Open!

The OAH is now accepting proposals for the OAH Annual Meeting, taking place in New Orleans, April 6-9, 2017. The theme of "Circulation" explores the connection between points and places from the scale of the human body through to the global, from the material to the ideological, circulation characterizes many of the subjects historians study, whether migrations, pilgrimages, economies, networks, ideas, culture, conflicts, plagues or demography. Circulations link, but also separate; they populate and depopulate; and they transport and return. 

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Posted: December 6, 2015
Tagged: None

Hoover Archives Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Workshop on Political Economy

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to accept applications for participation in the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Political Economy.

The Workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from June 20-June 24, 2016. It brings together an interdisciplinary slate of scholars who are using the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to study political economy, broadly defined. A wide range of research is suitable for this program, limited only by the holdings of the Hoover Library & Archives itself. Past participants have included historians, economists, and political scientists, but scholars from any field who would benefit from immersion in the archives are welcome. Participants must be holders of the Ph.D. or scholars with a commensurate publication record, or be advanced graduate students.

Participants are expected to have an active research program and to spend each day working in the Hoover Library & Archives. They will attend a daily group lunch, two group dinners, a keynote address by a visiting scholar, and make an informal lunchtime presentation on their research.

Participants will be provided with a $2500 stipend, intended to cover lodging and transportation. Alternative compensation will be arranged for international participants who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number.

Applicants are encouraged to read about the 2014 and 2015 workshops to learn more about the research topics and approaches that are suited to the workshop.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

Contact information
One page CV
A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Award notification: March 1, 2016

Additional Information

Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
All awards are subject to the availability of funds and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements

For More Information: http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-la-now-accepting-applications-2016-workshop-political-economy

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Urge the Senate to Pass the "Every Student Succeeds Act"

On December 2, the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-64 approved the conference report to S.1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians, along with the National Coalition for History (NCH), urgently needs you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the conference report. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Senators and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

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Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy

The SAA Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

The Society of American Archivists Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Rachel Howard, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at rachel.howard@louisville.edu.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA's Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant's essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

Application Form and Documentation
Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:
1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
4. Application form.

Application Deadline
February 28, 2016

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

U.S. Catholic Historian issue on "Kinship"

For more than thirty years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of "Kinship." Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

· Relationships by blood or marriage, including sibling combinations, parents and children, spouses, etc. (examples include the Kenrick, Healy, Purcell, and Spalding families)

· Connections within and between members of religious orders/communities

· Friendship, mentorship, and social relationships

· Geographic/ethnic connections among families and individuals

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEndres@Athenaeum.edu before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2016 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Posted: December 2, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Special Issue of Finance and Society: The Ethics of Debt

The social dimensions of debt have long engaged a wide range of scholars from across various disciplines and fields. Debt, of course, has a long history. From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to recent calls for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt offers countless examples of how it has inspired calls for change. At the same time, it remains as timely as ever with global financial crises threatening the survival of entire nations as well as individuals.

In other cultural and historical settings, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life. Recent works such as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), Kenneth Dyson's States, Debt, and Power (2014), and Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society (2014) analyze, from various per­­spectives, the social dimensions of debt and finance. Building on their contributions to the study of the enduring topic of debt, this special issue of Finance and Society seeks bold, post-disciplinary scholarship exploring how financial practices emerge from and shape the social and ethical dimensions of debt today.

For more information: http://financeandsociety.org/cfp-ethics-of-debt/

Posted: December 1, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Urge Congress to Support K-12 History Education Today

On December 2, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the conference report to S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the much maligned No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) urgently needs you to contact your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

The House is voting first on S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." While the Senate is likely to pass the bill, as you know in recent months the House has gone through a chaotic fight over its leadership. Even though the bill cleared the House-Senate conference committee by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority of 38-1, its passage by the House is by no means a foregone conclusion. Politics unrelated to the underlying merits of the bill may still derail it. So it is vital that all representatives, Republicans and Democrats, receive the message from their constituents that the education of our nation's K-12 students is vitally important and a non-partisan issue.

OAH limits our legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that are vital to the interests of our constituents. We cannot overstress the importance of this effort! Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this legislation is our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education.

The bill is expected to go to the House floor on December 2. Time is of the essence so call or email today!

How to Contact Your Representative

Please call or email your House member's office and urge them to support restoring federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your representative, you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your congressional district.

  1. Make a phone call. All Members of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email.If you are not sure who your Representative is you can follow this link to the House's website and enter your zip code which will provide a link to your House member's website: http://www.house.gov/
  2. Send an email. The National Coalition of History (of which the OAH is a member) is working with the National Humanities Alliance which has prepared a one-step link to your House member (click here). You simply enter your address and the system identifies your representative. We've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your House member's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: November 30, 2015
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession

2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 13-August 12, 2016, include internships in Exhibitions, Interpretation, Horticulture, and Education. Applications are due April 1, 2016. Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history. Interns will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

For More Information: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/university-partnerships

Posted: November 23, 2015
Tagged: Internships

Archie K. Davis Fellowships

To encourage more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina's historical and cultural resources, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to collections. Stipends vary and are intended to cover travel expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1. Visit www.ncsociety.org for specific guidelines.

Posted: November 20, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

Cliff M. Kuhn

OAH member Cliff Kuhn passed away on Sunday, November 8 2015. He was 63 years old. Professor Kuhn was the Executive Director of the Oral History Association and professor of history at Georgia State University. He served as co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Local Resource Committee. Several obituaries and remembrances are posted below.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Local Obituary 

Georgia State University Statement

'Atlanta Loses Its Greatest Listener: Cliff Kuhn, 1952-2015', Tropics Of Meta

'Cliff Kuhn, local historian who gathered Atlantans' tales and stories, has died', Creative Loafing

Posted: November 20, 2015
Tagged: In Memoriam