News in American History

Information from the National Archives Regarding the Obama Presidential Library

In response to numerous questions from historians throughout the field, the National Archives has updated their website to address how the Obama Presidential Library will differ from previous presidential libraries and access to presidential records and other archival materials will work following this new format.

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Posted: March 18, 2019
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National Archives Overhauls Public Comment Process on Records Schedules

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced effective March 4, 2019, it is changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules. Under the old process, NARA published notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wished to review and comment on the schedules had to request copies of the actual documents, submit comments, and receive responses via mail or email. Now the public will be able to access the accompanying documents online using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, Click here for a NARA summary of the new procedures.

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Posted: March 18, 2019
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy

Action Alert - NPS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service proposes to revise regulations governing the listing of properties in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed changes would implement the 2016 Amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act, extend the timeline for the Keeper to respond to appeals, and ensure that if the owners of a majority of the land area in a proposed historic district object to listing, the proposed district will not be listed over their objection. The rule would also make several minor, non-substantive changes to existing regulations.

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Posted: March 18, 2019
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In Memoriam: Dr. James R. Reckner (1940-2018)

Dr. James R. Reckner passed away November 16, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 78. Dr. Reckner served as a sailor in the U.S. Navy and completed two tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the Navy in 1978 Dr. Reckner received his Ph.D. from the University of Auckland. He taught at Texas Tech University for 20 years. During that time, he founded the Vietnam Center and Archive that is housed there. Dr. Reckner is known for his 1988 work Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.

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Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard H. Brown (1927-2019)

Dr. Richard H. Brown (Dick) passed away on January 16, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 91. He received his Ph.D. is U.S. History from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1955. In the early 1970's Dr. Brown joined the staff of Chicago's Newberry Library. It is said that he is one of the handful of people responsible for crafting the modern independent research library. Dr. Brown believed that the humanities were for everyone, he worked to make history relevant to the general public and "to bring history and historical thinking to young people." in 1973, Brown became the associate director of research and educational programs. He went on to become Newberry's first academic vice president in 1983. Brown is known for his 1964 book The Hero and the People: The Meaning of Jacksonian Democracy.

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Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dr. Phillip Earl Myers (1944-2017)

Dr. Phillip Earl Myers passed away November 3, 2017, at the age of 73. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was a preeminent Civil War Historian with a focus on European Diplomacy. In 2008 he authored Caution and Cooperation: The American Civil War in British-American Relations as well as his 2015 Dissolving Tensions: Rapprochment and Resolution in British-American-Canadian Relations in the Treaty of Washington Era, 1865-1914.

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Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

Utah History Day Judges Needed: Join Us!

Do you love history? Are you great with kids? Join us as a Utah History Day judge this spring! More than 7,000 students participate in Utah's National History Day program each year, and our judges play a critical role in making this experience valuable and positive for each child. By serving as a judge, you can help foster a lifelong appreciation for history in young people. As a judge, you will read/view student projects, meet and interview the students, then provide written feedback on their work. Judge training, materials, and lunch are provided. In return, you will learn from them and share in their excitement about history. It's rewarding, and it's fun.

Competitions are held statewide through Aprill. Sign up for one convenient to you.

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Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

For more than thirty-five 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 Catholics and non-Christians. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, historical studies of the following:

  • U.S. Catholics' engagement with religious traditions including Islam, Judaism, Atheism/Communism, Native American religions, etc.
  • Missionary efforts among non-Christians in the United States
  • U.S. Catholic theological engagement with non-Christian thinkers
  • Dialogues between Catholics and non-Christian groups
  • Catholic participation in the World's Parliament of Religions (1893) and similar meetings
  • Ethnic succession that has placed Catholics and non-Christians in geographic proximity to one another

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at before preparing a contribution.


Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words.


We ask for submissions by February 1, 2020 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.


Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Summersell Short-Term Fellowship for Southern History

The Summersell Center offers short-term research fellowships intended to assist scholars from outside the Tuscaloosa area with their use of the archival collections and resources held on the University of Alabama campus. Endowment of these fellowships allows us to continue them indefinitely and possibly to expand the number of them we can offer, while freeing up resources for other projects.

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the collections housed at the University of Alabama, The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, In partnership with the University of Alabama Libraries, offers a total of eight fellowships in the amount of $500 each for researchers whose project entails work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, or in other University of Alabama collections.

Applications should include two copies each of the following:

  • A current CV.
  • One letter of recommendation (which may be sent under separate cover).
  • A description of the research project, no longer than two double-spaced pages, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship.

The deadline for applications to be received by the Summersell Center is April 15, 2019. Decisions regarding awards wil be made by May 15, 2019, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

Academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.

Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Send all completed application materials to:

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South

c/o The University of Alabama Department of History

Box 870212

202 Ten Hoor Hall

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212

Materials may also be submitted electronically to

Any questions about the fellowships may be directed to Dr. John Giggie, Director of the Summersell Center: or 205-348-7100

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Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Iowa Women’s Archives Travel Grant

Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women’s Archives

Deadline: April 15, 2019

In honor of Linda and Richard Kerber’s enduring support for scholarship in the history of women, the Iowa Women’s Archives (University of Iowa Libraries) announces a grant of $1,000 to fund travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including graduate students and academic and public historians, although preference will be given to graduate students. The grant is intended to offset travel and lodging expenses of researchers whose work will benefit from using collections in the Archives. Strengths of collections in the Archives include the history of the women’s movement, political activism, African Americans, rural women, and Latinas, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Search the holdings of the Iowa Women’s Archives to learn more about the collections:

Contact the Archives staff to discuss your research topic and the collections you propose to use: or 319-335-5068

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Posted: March 11, 2019
Tagged: Grants