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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.

JFK Library Releases Final Recordings

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum announced that it has declassified and made available the final 45 hours of White House recordings that were secretly taped during President John F. Kennedy’s time in office.

Posted: January 25, 2012
Tagged: News of the Profession


Nixon Grand Jury Records Now Online

In May 1975, the Watergate Special Prosecution team found it necessary to question former President Richard M. Nixon in connection with various ongoing investigations at the time. The following month, Nixon was questioned by and his testimony was given to the third Watergate Grand Jury. Through the efforts of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, on behalf of the OAH and others, these records are now online.

Posted: January 12, 2012
Tagged: News of the Profession


Secretary of Education Stresses History in “the Age of Accountability”

At the annual meeting of the National Council for Social Studies this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the importance of history in elementary and secondary curricula. Duncan asserted that to “boost student achievement, history should not be eliminated but expanded.” We invite you to read a transcript of Secretary Duncan's remarks, “A Well-Rounded Curriculum in the Age of Accountability.”

More information is available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/well-rounded-curriculum-age-accountability

Posted: December 19, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


Release of Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum on November 28, 2011 to the heads of all federal executive departments and agencies on managing government records. This memorandum marks the start of an executive branch-wide effort to reform records management policies and practices. The memorandum requires each agency to report to the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, the name of a senior agency official who will supervise an agency-wide evaluation of its records management programs. These evaluations are to focus on electronic records, including email and social media, as well as those programs that may be deploying or developing cloud-based services.

More information is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/28/presidential-memorandum-managing-government-records

Posted: December 2, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Archives Launches New FOIA Dispute Tracking System

The National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman launched a new online case management system on November 28, 2012 to manage the requests for assistance that FOIA requesters and agencies bring to OGIS. This tool will both streamline OGIS’s work and increase transparency of its operations.

More information is available at: http://ogis.archives.gov/

Posted: December 2, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


NARA Debuts National History Day Web Site

The National Archives is pleased to announce a special Web site highlighting activities and documents related to the 2012 National History Day (NHD) theme, “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History.” Visit http://www.DocsTeach.org/home/national-history-day for sample documents, suggested topics, and special activities available for the 2012 NHD competition. For more on National History Day, visit: http://www.nhd.org/.

Posted: November 8, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


Educational Testing Service Seeks AP Readers

The Educational Testing Service seeks teaching professionals to serve as readers for its annual Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in world history, U.S. history, government and politics. The ETS invites interested individuals to visit http://apcentral.collegeboard.org/read for more information and eligibility requirements on the AP Exam Readers Program.

Posted: November 8, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


Updated Online Resources for Teaching American History Grants

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has updated many resources on the Teaching American History Web site. In addition to new and updated resources, the new page also includes a list of current TAH project websites.

More information is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/resources.html

Posted: September 14, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


History Programs Face Major Cuts in FY2011 Federal Budget

On April 12, the House Appropriations Committee released a list of proposed cuts in federal programs for the remainder of the government’s 2011 fiscal year that ends on September 30.

More information is available at: http://historycoalition.org/2011/04/13/history-programs-face-major-cuts-in-fy-11-federal-budget/

Posted: April 20, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


NARA Tightens Security to Prevent Thefts, Mutilation

Over the years, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has faced many physical and environmental threats to its holdings including fire, water, insects, and mold. We have been open about these risks and forthcoming about our efforts to combat them. However, there’s another risk to our collection. Read more >

Posted: April 17, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession, From the Archivist of the US


American History TV on C-SPAN3

Every weekend on C-SPAN3 American History TV, watch 48 hours about people and events that help document the American story. For schedule and programming information visit:

More information is available at: http://c-span.org/history

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


Direct an NEH Summer Program in 2012

Since 1967, the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded residential summer programs for college and university faculty and, since 1982, K-12 teachers. These include two- to five-week Summer Seminars and Institutes and one-week Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The application deadline is March 1, 2011. For information on NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and for application materials, visit:

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


At NARA, Making Tough Choices in the Budget

The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, discusses many of the tough decisions his organization faces as a result of federal budget cuts for 2012. Read more >

Posted: November 11, 2010
Tagged: From the Archivist of the US, Advocacy, News of the Profession


Pi Lambda Theta Joins PDK International Family of Associations

PDK International, a membership association for educators, announced today the acquisition of Pi Lambda Theta (PLT), a national honor society of educators. This acquisition completes the PDK International family of associations, which includes PDK, Pi Lambda Theta, and the Future Educators Association®.

Posted: October 4, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


Contingent History Faculty Survey

The OAH encourages all non-tenure track history instructors, adjuncts, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral fellows to participate in a national survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce. The survey aims to develop a detailed picture of how contingent historians and other teaching professionals are compensated and treated nationwide.

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


The New-York Historical Society Launches Slavery Collection

The New-York Historical Society announces the launch of its online portal to nearly twelve thousand pages of source materials documenting the history of slavery in the United States, the Atlantic slave trade, and the abolitionist movement. The collections include account books and ship manifests documenting the financial aspects of the slave trade, legal papers such as birth certificates and deeds of manumission, and political works and polemics. The site also provides access to the archives of abolitionist organizations such as the New-York Manumission Society and the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, as well as the records of the African Free School, which document the education of free blacks in early nineteenth-century New York.

More information is available at: http://www.nyhistory.org/slaverycollections

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Archives Takes Leading Role on Declassification

President Barack Obama has charged the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) with the important mission of helping him fulfill his promise of less secrecy and more transparency in government. Read more >

Posted: September 13, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, From the Archivist of the US


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) invites applications for a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. The award carries a year’s support to revise the applicant’s first book manuscript and the Institute’s commitment to publish the resulting study. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; email: ieahc1@wm.edu.

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. This program, through the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

More information is available at: http://www.acls.org/programs/digital/

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


National Council on Public History: Call for 2011 Award Nominations

Each year the National Council on Public History offers more than $6,500 in awards recognizing excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. Book prize submissions are due November 1, 2010; those for outstanding public history project, new professionals, excellence in consulting, and student project and travel awards are due by December 1, 2010. Submissions are also requested by December 1 for the Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis, rewarding historical studies that contribute directly to the formation of public policy. Nominate a colleague or yourself.

More information is available at: http://ncph.org/cms/awards/

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes