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“News of the Profession” includes announcements of special interest to American historians and practitioners at all levels. Please submit your announcement using this form.

Resources for Volunteer Programs in Archives

The National Archives, in partnership with the Society of American Archivists, announces the launch of Resources for Volunteer Programs in Archives (RVPA), a free online resource that lists dozens of ongoing volunteer activities at archival facilities nationwide. RVPA also provides guidance for archival institutions that plan to revamp or launch brand-new volunteer programs. It includes volunteer management tools such as sample applications, handbooks, emergency contact forms, and job descriptions.

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Posted: November 19, 2012
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Office of the Historian releases FRUS, 1969-1976

The Department of State released Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969—1976, Volume XLI, Western Europe; NATO, 1969—1972. This volume is part of a subseries of volumes of the Foreign Relations series that documents the most important issues in the foreign policy of the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. This specific volume documents U.S. regional and bilateral relations with Western Europe from January 20, 1969 to January 20, 1973. The documentation printed in this volume highlights U.S. policy regarding European economic and political integration, U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as U.S. bilateral relations with Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Posted: November 19, 2012
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Activism, Unity, and the Georgia State Archives

Jamil S. Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council and secretary of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, takes us behind the scenes at the controversy surrounding the Georgia State Archives. His article is excerpted from the November, 2012 issue of OAH Outlook.

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Posted: November 12, 2012
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NARA Assumes Expanded Role in Federal Records Management

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is about to experience a sea change in the way it oversees the management and preservation of government records. This change is a result of a directive from me and the acting head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is our response to the president’s mandate to reform records management for the twenty-first century as delivered in his Memorandum on Records Management. In it, the president outlines his goal to require departments and agencies to manage all of their permanently valuable records in electronic form by the end of the decade to ensure transparency, efficiency, and accountability in government.

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Posted: October 29, 2012
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Stanford History Education Group Launches
History Assessment Resource

The Stanford History Education Group is pleased to announce the launch of \"Beyond the Bubble,\" a new Web site that uses the digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of History Assessments of Thinking (HAT). Each HAT focuses on the ability to interpret original sources and requires students to use knowledge in action rather than asking them to recall discrete names and dates. HATs have been extensively field-tested and come with interactive rubrics and examples of student work.

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Posted: October 18, 2012
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US Department of Interior Announces New Historic Landmarks

In October 2012, US Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar announced the designation of 26 national historic landmarks and one national natural landmark as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Currently there are only 2,527 designated national historic landmarks and 592 national natural landmark sites across the country that bear this national distinction.

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Posted: October 18, 2012
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State Releases New Volume in Foreign Relations of the United States Series

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969—1976, Volume XXXVII, Energy Crisis, 1974—1980 is part of a subseries of the Foreign Relations series that documents the most important foreign policy issues of the Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford presidential administrations. Because of the long-term nature of the 1970s energy crisis, however, this volume includes the period of the Jimmy Carter administration, covering U.S. policy from August 1974 until January 1981. The documentation in this volume focuses primarily on Ford and Carter policies aimed at mitigating the damage to the U.S. and global economy caused by rising oil prices imposed in 1973 by the OPEC cartel, and in 1978 by the perceived shortage of oil supplies resulting from the Iranian Revolution. Compiled and edited by Steven G. Galpern, the volumeis available on the Office of the Historian Web site.

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Posted: October 18, 2012
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Congress.gov Unveiled

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office, unveiled Congress.gov, a new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. The new Web site features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. The Library of Congress is releasing Congress.gov as a beta site to enable a period of time for collecting user feedback and refining functionality while other content is incorporated. Other data, such as the Congressional Record, committee reports, nominations, treaties and communications, will be incorporated over time in a planned, prioritized order. The Library anticipates Congress.gov will operate as a beta site for approximately one year as this work is completed. During that time, both THOMAS and LIS will continue to operate as usual.

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Posted: October 18, 2012
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Request for Proposals: Coeditor of The Public Historian

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of History seek proposals from academic or public history institutions for a coeditor and institutional support for The Public Historian, a journal of public history.The current editorial team includes the editor, who is a faculty member in the UCSB Department of History (with course release support), a managing editor, a graduate student assistant review editor (all on the UCSB campus), and a review editor (with course release support), who is in the Department of History at California State University Sacramento. The editorial office is advised by the journal's editorial board, which is appointed by the NCPH president in consultation with the editorial office.The start date is negotiable, although UCSB and NCPH prefer January 1, 2013. The term is similarly negotiable, but UCSB and NCPH prefer a coeditor arrangement that extends at least through much of 2013 and 2014.

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Posted: October 5, 2012
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Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Seeks Editor

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) is issuing a call for proposals to edit its flagship publication, Diplomatic History. The editorship will begin in August 2014 and, as stipulated in SHAFR’s by-laws, will extend for at least three but no more than five years.

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Posted: September 25, 2012
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New Library of Congress Magazine Makes Debut

The new Library of Congress Magazine debuts this week. The bimonthly, general interest magazine features educational and entertaining content about both current and historical events. The magazine’s circulation of twelve thousand includes members of Congress and libraries and educational institutions throughout the nation and the world. The publication is also accessible free online.

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Posted: September 25, 2012
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Georgia Governor Pledges to Keep State Archives Open

On September 13, 2012, the Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp announced that due to budget cuts, his office will soon reduce staff at the Georgia State Archives and will close the archives entirely on November 1, 2012. One week later, the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, pledged to keep the archives open.

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Posted: September 19, 2012
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Georgia State University New Home of the Oral History Association

Effective January 1, 2013, the history department at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta will become the new institutional home for the executive office of the Oral History Association (OHA). Dr. Clifford Kuhn, associate professor of history at GSU and a past president of OHA, will serve as the association's first full time executive director. The appointment of Dr. Kuhn as executive director will open up opportunities to develop the association's reach nationally and internationally and to expand programming in ways that advance the field of oral history.

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Posted: August 2, 2012
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Workshops at the National Archives

The National Archives has launched new online videos of its most popular genealogy \"how to\" workshops. These videos cover \"hot topics\" in genealogical research such as Civil War records, online resources and databases, and more. These workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel.

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Posted: August 2, 2012
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Oil and American Studies

Our friends at the Journal of American Studies have just published \"Oil and American Studies,\" a special issue tracing the cultural life of oil from the beginning of the modern oil industry to the present. Browse the issue to explore how oil and the extractive industry have been imagined in popular fiction, public art, film, television, war propaganda, museums and educational institutions, trade periodicals, and the popular press.

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Posted: July 17, 2012
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Groundbreaking Survey on Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty Released

Coalition on the Academic Workforce issues \"A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members: A Summary of Findings on Part-Time Faculty Respondents to the Coalition on the Academic Workforce Survey of Contingent Faculty Members and Instructors\" Read the report >

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Posted: June 21, 2012
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AAUP Issues Report on Academic-Industry Partnerships

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued its draft report, \"Recommended Principles and Practices to Guide Academic-Industry Relationships.\" The report tackles many ethical and professional questions while defending academic freedom and the rights of faculty to control their research agendas and the fate of the intellectual property they create. After the open comment period, AAUP will revise the report to reflect the insights it has received.

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Posted: June 19, 2012
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NARA Awards $2.9 million for Documentary Editions and Archival Projects

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero awarded 31 grants totaling $2.9 million for historical records projects in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Grants totaling $1.2 million went to 16 documentary editing projects to edit and publish the papers of key American figures, including Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Edison, Jane Addams, and the Presidential Recordings from the Kennedy and Nixon administrations. Grants totaling $1.4 million went to 14 archival projects, including the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina; the backlog of unprocessed records at the South Dakota State Archives; the papers of California governor Edmund G. \"Pat\" Brown; Vietnam War-era poster collections; the records of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; and the Pan American World Airways records at the University of Miami.

More information is available at: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-121.html

Posted: June 1, 2012
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Maggie L. Walker Documents Discovered

In February 2009 College of William and Mary students found 31 boxes of documents belonging to Maggie Lena Walker and the Independent Order of St. Luke. personal, organizational and general African American. The Independent Order had insurance, banking, a newspaper and an emporium; operated in 24 states. Since then we have 12,000 Dublin Core Metadata entries and 8,000 digital images of this privately owned collection. We are processing it using a public/scholarly model, working alongside community members who make a huge difference in our understanding of the documents which are in reasonably good condition and order. The Collection will go to the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site; the national headquarters building a few blocks away, a witness to black enterprise and resistance to apartheid remains empty

More information is available at: http://www.nps.gov/mawa

Posted: June 1, 2012
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National Archives at San Francisco Opens Immigration Files

The National Archives at San Francisco officially opened to the public over 40,000 case files on immigrants to the United States. These immigration files, known as \"Alien Files\" (commonly referred to as \"A-Files\"), were transferred from U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They are among the first of millions of case files that will eventually be opened to the public. In 1940 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the predecessor of USCIS, started issuing Alien Registration Numbers to resident aliens in the United States. On April 1, 1944, INS began to assign these numbers to a new series of immigration case files called A-Files. A-Files are a genealogical wealth of information, containing documents such as photographs, personal correspondence, vital records, interview transcripts, and visa applications. A-Files may be viewed in person by appointment or copies may be ordered for a fee. Researchers may contact National Archives staff at AFiles.SanBruno@nara.gov to search A-Files holdings for a particular file. Beginning in June 2012, an online database will be available through the National Archives at San Francisco website.

More information is available at: http://www.archives.gov/pacific/san-francisco/

Posted: June 1, 2012
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