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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.

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.

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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

 

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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.

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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


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Residencies

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of the New York Public Library’s Research Libraries, announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program for the 2011—2012 academic year. The Fellowship Program encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture, with an emphasis on African diasporan studies and biography, social history and African American culture. Application deadline is December 1, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/131

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


The Filson Historical Society Fellowships

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, invites applications for fellowships to support internships and research in the Filson’s collections. The mission of the Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is to collect, preserve, and communicate the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley history and culture. The Filson anticipates that successful applicants receiving fellowships will publicize the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, the peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Filson and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Applications must be received by October 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.filsonhistorical.org/fellowships.html

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


Omohundro Institute—NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; e-mail: ieahc1@wm.edu.

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


Call for Papers: Heidelberg Center for American Studies 8th Annual Spring Academy Conference

The eighth Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from March 21—25, 2011. The HCA invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Calls for Papers


2011 SHFG Powell Prize

The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2011 the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historical display project completed in 2009 or 2010. The award for historical display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CDs, Web-sites, or multimedia displays.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


National Coalition for History

The OAH supports the National Coalition for History, which provides leadership in history-related advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. Visit the National Coalition for History to read this week’s “Washington Update.” Read more >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


Call for Proposals—Key Moments in Human Spaceflight

The NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum invite proposals for presentations to be held at its joint symposium, “1961/1981: Key Moments in Human Spaceflight,” at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 26–27, 2011. Proposals may address any area of human spaceflight history related to the theme. Submissions are due by October 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://history.nasa.gov

Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


Call for Papers—Libraries and the Cultural Record

Libraries and the Cultural Record, a peer–reviewed journal of history published by the University of Texas Press, invites submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring historical perspectives on state library agencies in the United States. Contributors are encouraged to consider the topic in diverse ways.

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Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Profession


NEH Teaching Development Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities will award Teaching Development Fellowships to support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving existing undergraduate courses. The application deadline is September 30, 2010.

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

Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Now Available

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the completion and release of its Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Web-site, publications.newberry.org/ahcbp. The Atlas will assist researchers find accurate and comphrensive county data from 1634 through 2000.

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Posted: July 13, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


NEH Grant Opportunity Deadline September 15

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering grants of up to $25,000 for faculty to develop a new undergraduate course that fosters intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. The application deadline is September 15, 2010.

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

Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: Grants, News of the Profession


The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier

The fourth annual National Underground Railroad Conference will be held in Topeka, Kansas from July 28–31, 2010. The four-day conference, entitled “Battleground for Freedom: The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier,” will include renowned speakers, educational workshops, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, a film screening, and tours of local museums and historic sites.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Profession


Library of Congress Seeks Applicants For Kluge Fellowships

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships that offer post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections. The fellowships are awarded for periods of up to 11 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, July 15, 2010.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Visiting Scholars Program

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for its Visiting Scholars Program, which provides grants of $500 to $1000 to researchers working at the center’s archives. Awards of $500–$1000 are normally granted as reimbursement for travel and lodging.

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Posted: May 11, 2010
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Profession