Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reminder: Business and Economic History at the AHA

Just a reminder that the American Historical Association annual meeting, to be held January 6-9, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts, includes several sessions of direct interest to business and economic historians. Links to those sessions were published here last October. The complete program can be found on the AHA site, either in searchable form arranged by day or as a pdf of the printed version.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CFP: Cliometric Society 50th Conference

Celebrating fifty years of Cliometrics, the 2011 Cliometrics Conference will be held on the weekend of Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The call for papers states:
The conference is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history. Typically, twelve papers are selected for presentation and discussion, and they are sent out to all conference participants in advance. Each presented paper is given an entire session, in which authors have five minutes to make an opening statement and the rest of the session is devoted to discussion among all conference participants. All participants are required to read all papers and to attend the entire conference. At least one author must be a member of the Cliometric Society.
    The deadline for paper proposals and requests to attend the meeting is Friday, January 14, 2011. Only a limited number of participants may be invited, so it is important to meet the deadlines. Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper. The paper should be a work-in-progress and should not have been accepted for publication. In choosing papers and participants, priority will be given to those who have not attended recently or who have never attended. Graduate students wishing to attend should submit a paper proposal and a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor. Those wishing to present papers or attend the conference should provide their addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Those whose papers are selected for presentation will be notified by February 14, 2011, and are expected to provide a completed draft of the paper in the proper format for the conference booklet no later than March 14, 2011.
    Applicants should submit their materials at http://www.eh.net/Clio/Conferences/prop11.html. In the event that submissions cannot be posted, please contact the Conference Administrator, Megan Jorgensen, at clioconf@colorado.edu.

For membership information see the Cliometrics Society web page or contact Michael Haupert at haupert.mich@uwlax.edu.

Friday, December 24, 2010

L'economie politique on Financial Crises and the Lessons of History

The most recent issue (November 2010) of the French journal L'economie politique focuses on financial crises and the lessons of history ("Crises financières: Les leçons d'histoire").  Articles (in French) include:
Antoin E. Murphy
John Law et la bulle de la Compagnie du Mississippi
Nesrine Bentemessek Kahia
La bulle des Mers du Sud, ou le "too big to fail" avant l'heure
Christian Tutin and Julien Mendez
De la crise bancaire à la régulation: l'expérience américaine de 1907
Isaac Johsua
Quand 2009 questionne 1929
Christine Sinapi, Pierre Piégay, and Ludovic Desmedt
L'analyse des crises: Minsky, après Fisher et Keynes
Lotfi Boulahrir
Face aux déboires d'une finance spéculative, quel mode de financement?
A subscription is required to access the full texts, but brief extracts are available on the journal site.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Enterprise & Society Available

The December 2010 issue of Enterprise & Society contains essays from the Krooss Dissertation Prize Session at the 2010 BHC Annual Meeting (won  by Josh Lauer), as well as four articles and numerous book reviews.  Abstracts of all the articles and extracts from the reviews are available on the journal's Current Issue page at Oxford University Press.
Dissertation Session Essays
Felipe Tâmega Fernandes
Institutions, Geography, and Market Power: The Political Economy of Rubber in the Brazilian Amazon, c. 1870–1910
Josh Lauer
The Good Consumer: Credit Reporting and the Invention of Financial Identity in the United States, 1840–1940
Terri Lonier
Alchemy in Eden: Entrepreneurialism, Branding, and Food Marketing in the United States, 1880–1920
Articles
Joseph M. Adelman
“A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private”: The Post Office, the Business of Printing, and the American Revolution
Albert Schrauwers
“Regenten” (Gentlemanly) Capitalism: Saint-Simonian Technocracy and the Emergence of the “Industrialist Great Club” in the Mid-nineteenth Century Netherlands
Malia McAndrew
A Twentieth-Century Triangle Trade: Selling Black Beauty at Home and Abroad, 1945–1965
Oskar Broberg
Labeling the Good: Alternative Visions and Organic Branding in Sweden in the Late Twentieth Century

Monday, December 20, 2010

Reminder: Four GHI Fellowships of Interest


The German Historical Institute (GHI) offers four fellowships of interest to business and economic historians:

1) Doctoral Fellowship in International Business History
This is a six-month doctoral fellowship in International Business History, with a six-month extension possible. The recipient must begin the term in the summer of 2011. Preference will be given to fellows whose projects fit into the GHI's research foci on transatlantic relations and the history of consumption. Comparative work is also strongly encouraged.

The fellow will be expected to be in residence at the GHI and to participate in GHI activities and events. The fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda. Travel within the United States to work in archives and libraries will also be possible.

The monthly stipend is €1,700 for doctoral students from European institutions; students based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the United States.

Applications may be written in either English or German; it is recommended that applicants use the language in which they are most proficient. They will be notified approximately six weeks after the deadline.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, two letters of reference, and a 5-page research project proposal by February 15, 2011. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart at fellowships@ghi-dc.org.

2) Fellowship in Economic and Social History

Second is a six-month fellowship in American or European Economic and Social History, with the possibility of extension to one year (depending on the availability of funding). Preference is given to applicants on the postdoctoral level. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for US citizens. The Fellow is expected to be in residence at the GHI and to participate in GHI activities and events, including planning an economic/social history workshop financed by the GHI. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda. The starting date of the fellowship is September 2011.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, the names and contact information of three references, a 5-page research project proposal, a one-page proposal for an economic/social history workshop, and two writing samples, such as an article or a book chapter, no later than February 15, 2011. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart (fellowships@ghi-dc.org).

Two fellowships in the American or European history of consumption are also available. The first is for six months starting March 1, 2011; the second is for six months with possible extension to ten months (depending on the availability of funding) starting September 1, 2011. The application deadline for the first fellowship is February 1, 2011, and for the second, February 15, 2011. Other than the terms, deadlines, and starting dates, the two fellowships have the same requirements:

Preference will be given to applicants at the postdoctoral level. The monthly stipend is €3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for US citizens. The fellow is expected to be in residence at the GHI and participate in GHI activities and events, including planning a workshop on the history of consumption. The fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a 5-page research project proposal, a one-page proposal for a workshop, and two writing samples, such as an article or a book chapter. Applicants may write in either English or German; it is recommended that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application to Bryan Hart at (fellowships@ghi-dc.org). Please indicate the fellowship for which you are applying.

For more information about any of these GHI Fellowships, please contact
PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
spiekermann@ghi-dc.org

Saturday, December 18, 2010

CFP: EABH Workshop for Young Scholars

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has issued a call for papers for its second "Workshop for Young Scholars," which will be held at Erasmus University in Rotterdam on March 29, 2011. Those within five years of the Ph.D. and working in the fields of monetary and financial history are eligible to apply. Papers on all topics in the field of insurance, banking, financial and monetary history will be considered, but those working in the following areas are particularly welcome:
Models of corporate governance
Governance mechanisms in financial institutions
Regulation and legislation of governance
Please see the full call for papers for additional details. All costs (travels, accommodation, and food) for presenting authors will be covered. Paper proposals should be sent by January 15, 2011, to: Abe de Jong, Rotterdam School of Management, ajong@rsm.nl or info@bankinghistory.de.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CFP: Religion and the Marketplace

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), in cooperation with the American Studies Network (ASN), will host a conference entitled “Religion and the Marketplace: New Perspectives and New Findings”  on October 6-8, 2011. The conference aims to investigate
how the conditions of the marketplace have determined, influenced, and limited American religion in the past and present. Given the prominence of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the American Constitution, a broad-based "competition for souls and purses" has historically helped define the contours of religion in America. This conference will build upon previous insights while probing further into the complex relationship between religion and the marketplace. 
Scholars in American Studies and broadly defined related fields to submit paper abstracts for this conference. Individual paper abstracts (200-250 words) must be received by March 31, 2011. Paper topics must correspond to the subjects listed in the full call for papers, which include, for example, "Religion and the Market in Theory and History" and "Modern Capitalism, Secularization, and New Spiritualities." Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2011. All questions and submissions should be sent electronically to: djunker@hca.uni-heidelberg.de.The HCA will cover travel expenses (economy), lodging, and meals for conference participants.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CFPs: Two CHORD Workshops, 2011


The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) has issued calls for papers for two workshops to be held in spring 2011 at the University of Wolverhampton.
The first,"Retailing and Institutions, 1400-2000," will meet on March 24, 1011. The term 'institutions' is to be interpreted widely, and includes both institutions established by retailers and institutions that sought to influence, control, limit, or to do business with retailers.  Proposals are due by January 28, 2011.

The second, "Distribution: Historical Perspectives, 1400-2000," devoted to the exploration of commercial networks and distribution, will be held on April 7, 2011.

All methodological and disciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are papers based on any geographical area. Proposals, including a title and 200-word abstract, should be sent to L.Ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by the deadlines indicated.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the Centre for History and Economics

The Centre for History and Economics invites applications for two 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in history, starting on October 1, 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. The posts are in connection with the research program on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program is based at the Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge and at Harvard University, and is coordinated by Professor Emma Rothschild. The Fellowships are not associated with a fellowship at a Cambridge college, but can be combined with a non-stipendiary college fellowship. The stipend will be £27,319 in the first year and subject to increments in subsequent years. The positions are pensionable.
   The fellows appointed will be expected to undertake research in the general fields of economic, political, and transnational history described in the program outline at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~histecon/exel/objective.html.  Applications from scholars with an interest in legal history and the uses of legal sources are particularly welcome. The fellows will participate in the seminars and conferences arranged in connection with the Exchanges program and will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops on subjects related to their own research. They will be invited to the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University in the course of their fellowships. Applications, including a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to the Centre for History and Economics (ihm22@cam.ac.uk>), to reach us no later than January 26, 2011. Interviews are expected to take place in March 2011.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Job Openings of Interest to Business Historians

Two recent job announcements:
1) The Department of Economics, Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire, invites applications for a visiting position at the assistant professor level beginning September 2011. A Ph.D. in economics is expected. The successful applicant will teach sections of a freshman-level course on business and economic history and in the UNH Discovery program. A secondary interest is in the areas of international finance or macroeconomics.For the full announcement, see the position listing in Jobs in Economics (JOE).

2) London School of Economics, Economic History Department, Lectureships in Economic History
The Department of Economic History hopes to appoint two lecturers in Economic History from 1 August 2011, with a salary of £40,323 to £46,710 per annum inclusive.
    Applications are welcome from all fields of economic history in its broadest sense. The Department is particularly keen to receive applications from individuals whose expertise would complement and extend existing teaching and research in the Department. A completed or nearly completed Ph.D. is required. The successful applicants will teach, publish research, supervise student dissertations, and act as Academic Advisor to students at all levels, as well as participate in the administration of the Department and the School.
    To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/JobsatLSE and select "Visit the ONLINE RECRUITMENT SYSTEM." If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please call 020
7955 7859 or email hr.recruit.lec@lse.ac.uk quoting reference LEC/10/13. Applications must be received online by 11:59pm (UK time) on 5 January 2011. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

McCraw's Prophet of Innovation Wins Chandler Prize

Thomas K. McCraw has won the 2007–2009 Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award in Business History for Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction (Harvard University Press, 2007; paper, 2010). The award is given once every three years to the best work in the field of business history published in the United States, as determined by a vote of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Business History Review. The award was first granted in 1962 and was formerly known as the Thomas Newcomen Book Award. Prophet of Innovation also won the BHC's Hagley Book Prize for the best book in business history in 2008.
    McCraw is the Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, emeritus, at the Harvard Business School. He also is a former president and trustee of the Business History Conference, which at its 2009 meeting presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Web Resource: "Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Securities Industry"

On December 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society launched a new "gallery," "The Institution of Experience: Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Securities Industry, 1791-2010." As the curators explain in the introduction:
Placing Orders, Early 1920s
SROs [self-regulatory organizations] grew first as member-owned stock exchanges and out of necessity developed private mechanisms of direction and control. . . . In looking at three different SROs—the New York Stock Exchange; the National Association of Securities Dealers, along with the Nasdaq, its market mechanism, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, its successor organization; and the Chicago Board Options Exchange—we can document their development within the broader context of shifting markets, varying membership, and economic and political change.
This gallery, the seventh posted by the Society, provides access to the virtual museum and archive’s collection of more than 4,300 documents, photographs, and papers related to the history of financial regulation. Kenneth Durr and Robert Colby of History Associates, Inc., served as the curators. Both the virtual museum and archive and the Society are independent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Friday, December 3, 2010

AAHANZBS 2010 Program Now Available

The Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) has posted the program for their 2010 meeting, which will be held at the Women's College, University of Sydney, December 16-17, 2010. The conference organizer is Greg Patmore; the keynote speaker will be Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at the Harvard Business School.  A registration form is also available.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New-York Historical Society Manuscript Collections on Slavery Digitized

The New-York Historical Society library has recently unveiled a digitized collection of manuscripts relating to slavery and the slave trade from its holdings. Economic historians of the subject can find much of interest here; as the NYHS introduction explains, the materials "consist of diaries, account books, letter books, ships’ logs, indentures, bills of sale, personal papers, and records of institutions," including an account book kept by the slave trading firm Bolton, Dickens & Co. 
Page from the account book of the Brig Othello,
slaving off the coast of Africa, 1768-1769 (NYHS)
Many materials relating to the abolitionist movement have also been made available, including "the records of the New York Manumission Society and the African Free School, the diaries and correspondence of English abolitionists Granville Sharp and John Clarkson, the papers of the Boston anti-slavery activist Lysander Spooner, the records of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, [and] the draft of Charles Sumner’s famous speech, 'The Anti-Slavery Enterprise'." Over 12,000 pages have been digitized.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Economic History Conference at Yale: "Before and Beyond Europe"

The Program in Economic History, a part of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, has announced the program for its conference, "Before and Beyond Europe: Economic Change in Historical Perspective," to be held February 25-26, 2011. In the words of the organizers:
It is broadly held now, following Douglass C. North and others, that History matters to Economics.  This shift has contributed to a rebirth in Economic History and inspired lively debates and new and exciting cross-disciplinary exchange.  This conference aims to capture this new dynamism in Economic History by inviting scholars working on Economic History from different disciplinary angles, in different historical periods, and in many areas of the world.  Topics in the conference range from the Ancient Mediterranean to Medieval Europe, from Early Modern China to Modern Africa.  Its premise is that cross-disciplinary dialogue is best cultivated in a collegial atmosphere and by discussion of innovative empirical research. 
Naomi Lamoreaux, professor of economics and history at Yale, will open the meeting. The web version of the program provides links to abstracts of most of the papers. Please check the Program in Economic History site later for more details.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Catherine Fisk Wins ASLH Book Award for Working Knowledge

Catherine Fisk of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law has been awarded the John Phillip Reid Book Award of the American Society for Legal History for Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The award is for the best monograph beyond an author’s first book published in English in Anglo-American legal history, broadly defined. The ASLH citation read in part:
Catherine Fisk’s Working Knowledge is a book of many different virtues. It takes on a novel question—when, how, and why did corporations come pervasively to own and control the intellectual property created by their employees?—and it brings to bear prodigious primary research, not just in case law but in corporate archives as well. By combining these two types of sources, among others, Fisk delivers a compelling story of doctrinal development—especially in the areas of patent, copyright, and trade secrets—but also grounds that story in a textured history of the internal practices and cultures of DuPont, Eastman Kodak, and other companies known for innovation in the early 20th century. Moreover, Fisk brings together a range of literatures that do not always make contact with each other: the literatures of legal history, of business history, of labor history, and of cultural history, among others. Adroitly deploying all of this research, she delivers a highly readable narrative that exposes the mutability of historical perspectives on identity and creativity. She offers us both a big, satisfying narrative arc and a collection of smaller arguments and speculations.
Working Knowledge was also awarded the 2010 Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society of the American Historical Association.


Tip of the hat to the Legal History Blog.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Deadline Approaching for Oxford Doctoral Colloquium Applications

A reminder that the application deadline for the 2011 Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History is December 1, 2010.

The Colloquium will be held in conjunction with the Business History Conference annual meeting in St. Louis. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by the BHC and generously funded by Oxford University Press, which publishes the BHC journal Enterprise & Society, will take place Wednesday evening, March 30, 2011, and all day Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Colloquium is limited to ten students. Participants will discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history with distinguished BHC-affiliated scholars, including at least two BHC officers. The Colloquium is intended for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects.

To be considered for the Colloquium, applicants must provide:
a statement of interest
a CV
a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages
a letter of support sent directly from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor)
Submit the above materials to Roger Horowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Business History Conference, P. O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA. Phone: (302) 658-2400; fax: (302) 655-3188; or via email at BHC2011@Hagley.org by December 1, 2010.

All participants receive a stipend that will partially cover the costs of their attendance at the annual meeting. The Colloquium committee will notify all applicants of its decisions by January 10, 2011.

Questions about the Doctoral Colloquium may be directed to:
Pamela W. Laird, Ph.D.
BHC Doctoral Colloquium Director
Professor, History Department
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO 80217-3364 USA
303/556-4497 pamela.laird@ucdenver.edu

Sunday, November 21, 2010

H. W. Brands' American Colossus Receives Notice

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism (Random House, October 2010), by H. W. Brands, has been receiving a good deal of media attention, both critical and approving. It was reviewed by John Steele Gordon in the November 18 New York Times, and by Amity Shlaes in the Wall Street Journal on October 29. Extensive newspaper coverage includes reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle by T. J. Stiles, by Steve Weinberg for the Dallas Morning News, and by Ezra Klein for the Barnes and Noble Review (on Salon.com), An excerpt is available on the Random House site. An audio  interview of Brands by Lewis Lapham of Bloomberg is available, as are another with Michael Medved of the American Conservative University and a video podcast sponsored by the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. The C-Span video library presents video of a panel (called "The Age of Titans") from the Texas Book Festival that includes both Brands and T. J. Stiles. Stiles is the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Brand's book follows in the wake of other recent works on American capitalism, including Joyce Appleby's Relentless Revolution, noted earlier on this blog.

Friday, November 19, 2010

World Economic History Conference: Second Call for Session Proposals

The XVIth World Economic History Congress of the International Economic History Association (IEHA) will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 9-13, 2012. The organization has recently issued the second call for session proposals:
Although the IEHA welcomes sessions on all topics in economic history, history of economics, demographic history, social history, urban history, cultural history, gender studies, methodological aspects of historical research, and related fields, the WEHC 2012 theme is “Exploring the Roots of Development.” The IEHA has, therefore, a particularly strong desire to attract sessions on the period before 1800 and sessions that include countries other than those of Western Europe and North America. Organisers will be given wide discretion to shape the format of sessions to be the most interesting and efficient, given the topic and the participants invited.
Session proposals must be submitted via the online submission form. Those submitting proposals will be asked to provide the following information: the name(s), title(s), and institutional affiliation(s) of the organizer(s), contact details, the proposed title for the session, a session abstract explaining the aim and relevance of the session, the number of papers expected, and the names and affiliations of those who have agreed in principle to participate. Session proposals must be submitted in English. Note that "The IEHA Executive Committee does not expect session organisers to present a full panel of participants; indeed organisers are encouraged to make an open call for papers once their session has been selected for the programme."

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2011.  Please see the complete call for sessions for additional information.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CFP: Merchant Practice in the Age of Commerce, 1650-1850

The organizers of an international colloquium on "Merchant Practice in the Age of Commerce, 1650-1850 (no website yet available)," to be held in Paris, France, June 9-10, 2011, have issued the following call for papers:
The goal of this colloquium is to explore new ways of analyzing and conceptualizing commercial activity in the preindustrial age. Commerce was central to European and colonial economies at the time, and considerable historiographical work has been devoted to its study.  Recent research, however, has tended to focus on network-building in a sociological tradition, without really dealing with more strictly economic issues such as price formation, market structures, or the nature of managerial organizations. The latter questions are thus usually left for standard economic theory to answer, with the result that tools and notions from current economic analysis, from market formation to price signals, offer and demand, managerial strategy, or profit-making. This colloquium, which is funded by the French project MARPROF (Compte et profits marchands d'Europe et d'Amériques, 1750-1800), aims to encourage discussion of new conceptualizations of commercial activity, specifically based on what the economic actors at the time actually did and thought.

Pages from Jacob Adams account book,
1673-1693 (Baker Library
Historical Collections, HBS).
Issues for discussion include whether it is possible to elaborate analyses of profit not as a finite, mathematical quantity which can be calculated at regular intervals, but as a qualitative judgment combining some quantitative elements and other, broader qualitative assessments, especially related to credit standings; whether interpersonal network strategies can be read as credit-boosting and/or risk-avoiding strategies going beyond opportunistic behavior; which economic and non-economic constraints these strategies take into account, and in what discursive way; how product quality and quality scales can be built and articulated to the institutional framework of quality control developed in modern states, through the apparently fuzzy vocabulary and imprecise references used by the merchants themselves; how strategic and tactical choices are reached, and constrained, by reference to all these elements; which tools, quantitative (account books, e.g.) or qualitative (correspondence, e.g.) are used in what way to verbalize judgment on all these points.

We wish to concentrate on what we call the Age of Commerce, a time span of some 200 years from the English Revolution to the first decades of the Industrial revolution, excluding fully developed industrial capitalist practices, which deeply transformed commerce and its management. Trade was by far the most visible, and most probably the fastest-growing economic sector throughout this period, and traders took part in what has been sometimes called a first globalization. The colloquium aims at attracting quantitative or other empirically based research focusing on specific aspects of merchant practices in order to offer novel interpretations of their use, by placing them within their specific historical context.
Interested scholars should submit a two-page (500 words maximum) proposal by January 15, 2011, to marprof2011@ehess.fr. Researchers from all continents are welcome. The papers will be independently evaluated by the scientific committee; acceptance will be communicated no later than February 15, 2011.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Recent and Forthcoming Books of Interest: Late Fall Edition

A sampling of recently published and forthcoming books on topics of interest:

Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, J. Carles Maixé-Altés, and Paul Thomes, eds.,  Technological Innovation in Retail Finance: International Historical Perspectives (Routledge, November 2010)
Michael B. Boston, The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington: Its Development and Implementation (University Press of Florida, August 2010)
Craig Miner, A Most Magnificent Machine: America Adopts the Railroad, 1825-1862 (University Press of Kansas, October 2010)
Eric J. Morser, Hinterland Dreams: The Political Economy of a Midwestern City (University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2010)
Monica Neve, Sold! Advertising and the Bourgeois Female Consumer in Munich, c. 1900-1914 (Franz Steiner, October 2010)
Geoffrey Owen, The Rise and Fall of Great Companies: Courtaulds and the Reshaping of the Man-Made Fibres Industry (Oxford University Press, October 2010)
Caroline de la Peña, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda (University of North Carolina Press, September 2010)
Stefan Schwarzkopf and Rainer Gries, eds., Ernest Dichter and Motivation Research: New Perspectives on the Making of Post-War Consumer Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010)
Rebecca Sharpless, Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, October 2010)
S. Jonathan Wiesen, Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich (Cambridge University Press, December 2010)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Contributors Sought for GHI Project on Immigrant Entrepreneurship

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. (GHI) is seeking contributors for a massive project "aimed at fostering research into the cornerstones of the American experience." Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present will, according to the Institute,
consist of approximately 250 biographical articles of first- and second-generation German-American entrepreneurs, contextual essays that explore the wider business and immigration themes of the period, and a complementary website providing a wealth of additional material. . . . The project will trace their lives, careers and business ventures from colonial times to the present, integrating the history of German-American immigration into the larger narrative of U.S. economic and business history and situating the American past in a transnational framework. Key questions that will be addressed include the importance of business strategies, knowledge transfer, forms and sources of entrepreneurship, and change over time. . . . A project team at the GHI will coordinate an interdisciplinary group of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic who will contribute to a multi-volume print publication and an online platform. The electronic resource will include statistics and raw data on businesses and immigration, visual materials such as archival photos and video clips, interviews with contemporary entrepreneurs, business documents and personal correspondence.
German immigrant David G. Yuengling founded the
Eagle Brewery in 1829.
The volume editors are:
Volume 1: "From the Colonial Economy to Early Industrialization, 1720-1840": Marianne Wokeck (Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis)

Volume 2: "The Emergence of an Industrial Nation, 1840-1893": William J. Hausman (College of William & Mary)

Volume 3: "From the End of the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, 1893-1918": Giles R. Hoyt (Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center, Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis)

Volume 4: "The Age of the World Wars, 1918-1945": Jeff Fear (University of Redlands)

Volume 5: "From the Post-war Boom to Global Capitalism, 1945-Today": R. Daniel Wadhwani (University of the Pacific)
The GHI is seeking scholars who are interested and/or have done research on businesspeople, companies, industries, or regions where German-Americans were active to contribute a 15-20–page essay to this project. Contributors will receive an honorarium of $400. For more information, such as the project proposal, a list of potential candidates, and guidelines for writing an essay, please see www.ghi-dc.org/entrepreneurship or email the project coordinator Jessica Csoma.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Digital Resource: The Smithsonian's Collections Search Center

Readers may be interested in the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Search Center website, which allows visitors to "search over 5.4 million records with 460,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals, and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries." One can search by typing in a term or by using the headings provided, including "Type," "Place," "Name," "Culture," or "Datasource." Each of the headings is further subdivided; "Type," for instance, includes books, paintings, trade catalogs, and a huge number of other types of material. Just as an example, a simple search on "railroads," limited to results with online media, calls up nearly 2,000 items; one on "steel" returns over 4,400.



Tip of the hat to the American Historical Association blog.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A New Reference Guide: Business History in the United States

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., announces the publication of its latest reference guide, Business History in the United States: A Guide to Archival Collections. Compiled by Dr. Terry Snyder, the director of the library division at Hagley Museum and Library, the guide provides an overview of holdings of interest to business historians from nearly 200 libraries, archives, and museums from across the United States. Each entry provides pertinent contact information and an overview of the entire collection and of the noteworthy business collections. The listings are arranged geographically by city and state, and there is also an index of individual and business names for easy navigation.

The guide is available free of charge. Interested researchers can contact Mrs. Bärbel Thomas at the German Historical Institute to have a copy mailed to them (though the number of hard copies is limited), or it can be viewed and downloaded from the GHI web site. The online version is searchable by keyword. The GHI plans to set up a platform that will allow the addition of new organizations and the updating of listings.

Monday, November 8, 2010

CFP: European Historical Economics Society Conference, Dublin, 2011

Atrium, Guinness Storehouse
The European Historical Economics Society will hold its next meeting in Dublin on September 2-3, 2011. The EHES welcomes conference paper submissions in all areas of economic history. Potential participants should send an abstract of 500 words as soon as possible, and no later than January 31, 2011, to Kevin O'Rourke—kevin.orourke@tcd.ie. All submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Scientific Committee, and decisions will be made by March 31, 2011. Accepted papers must be submitted in completed form no later than August 1, 2011.
The conference will take place at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

CFP: ICOHTEC 2011 Symposium—Consumer Choice and Technology

The International Committee for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting in Glasglow, Scotland, on August 2-7, 2011.  The main theme of the meeting will be "Consumer Choice and Technology." The aim is to examine the interaction of technology and consumer behavior in a historical perspective, with a primary focus on factors steering consumption and how consumers by their choices have influenced technological development. The transition from agrarian society to consumer society is one of the epoch-making phases in human history that can be studied from various aspects and contexts.

ICOHTEC welcomes individual paper and poster proposals as well as the submission of compact and coherent sessions. The symposium program will include scientific and plenary sessions, poster presentations, business meetings and general assemblies of the organizing societies, excursions, social events such as receptions, a formal banquet, and pre- and post-conference trips.
We especially encourage graduate students to participate in the symposium and submit their proposals. Paper or poster proposals must be submitted in English, but French, German, Russian, and Spanish are acceptable for paper and poster presentations at the symposium, although the organizers will not provide simultaneous translation during the conference.

For detailed information on submitting paper or session proposals or poster sessions, please see the full call for papers. The deadline for all submissions is January 31, 2011.

Friday, November 5, 2010

CFP: Smoking, Advertising, and the History of Consumer Culture

A one-day conference on the history of tobacco and tobacco advertising will be held at the School of History at the University of Nottingham on May 18, 2011. Expressions of interest and abstracts for papers are welcomed. Please send these and any questions to Andrew Newnham. The deadline for abstracts is November 30, 2010.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2011-2012 Rovensky Fellowship Applications Available

Applicants are sought for up to two $10,000 fellowships for doctoral thesis research in American business or economic history. These fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky. The Rovensky Fellowship program is administered by the University of Illinois Foundation.

Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with American business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2011. Awards are non-renewable and may not be taken simultaneously with an Economic History Association graduate dissertation fellowship.

Application forms may be found on the web at http://www.thebhc.org/awards/rovenapp.html; the full announcement is at http://www.thebhc.org/awards/rovenann.html.

Inquiries may be directed to:
William J. Hausman, Department of Economics, Box 8795, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795.

Completed applications for the fellowship must be received no later than Monday, February 14, 2011.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mira Wilkins to Lecture at the University of York This Month

Mira Wilkins, professor of Economics at Florida International University, will present a guest lecture at the Centre for Evolution of Global Business and Institutions (CEGBI) at the University of York School of Management on November 24, 2010, at 5:15 p.m. Her topic will be "The International Confronts the Comparative: The Historical Role of Multinationals." The abstract:
There seems to be an uneasy companionship between the globalization literature and the literature on economic comparisons between nations. It is simpler to study change by comparing nations than by considering interactions within the whole complex world. Research on the historical role of multinational enterprises offers a lens that leads to new understanding. The lecture addresses: how the history of multinational enterprise (one aspect of globalization) helps us in explaining the convergence and divergence in the course of economic growth and development of nations and, in turn, the successes (and failures) of
globalization in forwarding the spread of economic well-being.
See the CEGBI announcement for full details.

Call for Papers: EHA, 2011

The annual meeting of the Economic History Association will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 9-11, 2011.  The theme of the meeting is "Crises and Turning Points." In the words of the conference organizers:
If the global economic and financial crisis has a silver lining, it is that recent events have heightened awareness among policy makers and the general public of the importance of economic history.  Crises – economic, financial, social, demographic, environmental, and political, to name only a few – are a hardly perennial.  An understanding of their history is essential to begin to understand what if anything is distinctive about the recent experience.  The history of crises continues to be studied from a number of perspectives: in terms of their causes and their consequences, in terms of their changing incidence, in terms of their short-term impact and their longer-term implications for the development of economies and societies.  This conference seeks to bring together scholars engaged in research on these various dimensions of crises and their implications.  
The Program Committee welcomes submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that specifically fit the theme. Submitters must be members of the Economic History Association.  For coauthored papers this requirement applies to the author submitting the proposal. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work.  Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper given at the 2010 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2011 program.

Paper and session proposals should be submitted online: https://eh.net/eha/meetings/submissions. Paper proposals should include a 3-5 page précis and a 150-word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History. Proposals should be submitted by January 31, 2011, to ensure consideration.

Graduate students are encouraged to attend the meeting. The Association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner; see the online application system. A poster session welcomes work from dissertations in progress. Applications for the poster session are due no later than May 21, 2011, and should be sent to rgrossman@wesleyan.edu. The dissertation session will honor six dissertations completed during the 2010-2011 academic year. The submission deadline is June 11, 2011.

For further information, check http://eh.net/eha/meetings/2011-meeting, which also includes information on travel options to Boston, or contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at elorantaj@appstate.edu.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fellowships and Travel Grants Available from the Lemelson Center

The Lemelson Center's Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Awards support projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation and draw upon the holdings of the Archives Center and curatorial divisions at the National Museum of American History. Projects may include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, and multimedia products. Both programs provide access to the Smithsonian's vast artifact and archival collections, as well as to the expertise of the Institution's research staff. The Center offers fellowships and travel grants to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training.

The Archives Center holds more than 20,000 feet of archival materials. The collections are particularly strong in documenting the history of technology, invention, and innovation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Both individuals and companies are documented in subject areas including railroads, pianos, television, radio, plastics, ivory, and sports equipment. One of the largest collections is the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994. Other collections of significance include the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting the inventor Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware; the Darby Windsurfing Collection, 1946-1998, documenting the invention of the sailboard; and the Records of Small Beginnings, Inc., a medical supply company that designs, invents, manufactures, and distributes products for premature infants. For a comprehensive list of Archives Center collections, see http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/d-10.htm.

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to qualified researchers. Fellowship tenure is based on the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work at the museum. Stipends for 2011-2012 are $575/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $870/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows. Applications will be accepted from 1 October 2010 through 14 January 2011 and notifications will be made by 15 April 2011. Fellows can begin their residence at the museum on or after 1 June 2011. For application procedures and additional information, please see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_fellowships.aspx. All applicants are required to consult with the fellowship coordinator prior to submitting a proposal – please contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D., at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Program annually awards 4 to 5 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses. Only applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the National Museum of American History are eligible for this program. Awards may not be used to extend other Smithsonian appointments. Only one award can be offered to a visitor within a twelve-month period. Applications will be accepted from 1 October 2010 through 30 November 2010 and will be announced by mid-December 2010. Recipients must commence their research at the museum within one year of being notified of the award. Recipients are asked to submit a short report following their research and provide the Center with a copy of any publications resulting from their funded research. For application procedures and additional information, please see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx. All applicants are required to consult with the travel award coordinator prior to submitting a proposal – please contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

For more information, visit: http://www.invention.smithsonian.org/resources/default_research.aspx.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Business Historians at Houston's Oil Spill Symposium

Videos of the talks given at the University of Houston's recent (September 23) Oil Spill Symposium are now available. Speakers included UH doctoral candidate Jason Theriot, who spoke on "Building America's Energy Corridor during the Environmental Era of the 1970s"; Joe Pratt , who talked about "Lessons for Government and Environment from the Exxon Valdez"; and Ty Priest, who discussed "MMS [Minerals Management Service] and BOEMRE [Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement]."

Baker Library at HBS Announces "History of Personal Credit" Exhibit


Harper's Weekly, Sept. 7, 1867
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, announces the opening of a new exhibition, “Buy Now, Pay Later: A History of Personal Credit.” The exhibit will run from October 22, 2010, through June 3, 2011, in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School. The physical exhibit is accompanied by on-line examples and resources.
“Buy Now, Pay Later: A History of Personal Credit” demonstrates that, although the instruments and institutions of twenty-first century credit—the installment plan, the credit card, and the home finance industry—are less than a century old, credit itself is as old as commerce. The exhibition draws from Baker Library’s Historical Collections materials to show how previous generations devised creative ways of lending and borrowing long before credit cards or mortgage backed securities.
Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

Monday, October 25, 2010

AHA Program 2011: Sessions of Interest to Business and Economic Historians

The just-announced program for the American Historical Association annual meeting, to be held January 6-9, 2011, in Boston, includes several sessions of direct interest to business and economic historians:
Session 28: Global Markets and Local Communities: Social Histories of International Business
Session 52: Local Markets/ Marketing the Local: American Retailing, 1920 to the Present
Session 106: Rethinking Advertising in the 1960s and 1970s: A Roundtable on African American Consumers and the Soul Market
Session 107: Advertising, Global Concepts of Hygiene, and the Making of Disciplined Consumers, 1918-45
Session 242: Making Capitalism Sacred: The Image of Business in the American Mind
EHA Session: Wealth, Poverty, and Empire in Global History: Reflections on Kenneth Pomeranz's The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy
Also of interest are Session 140, Challenges in Transnational Research: A Conversation about Methods, chaired by Colleen Dunlavy, and Session 289, Technology and Agency: Objects, Spaces, and Bodies, for which the commentator is Philip Scranton. The session listings provide links to abstracts of the papers.


CFP: Business and Trade Organizations in Europe

A symposium on "Business and Trade Organizations in Europe: Early Stages, Historic Forms and Structures, XIX-XXth Centuries" will be held June 9-10, 2011, at both the University of Paris 13 and the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne. The aims of the symposium are to study the genesis, historic forms, and structures of trade and business organizations in Europe.

Preferred topics or paper submission are expected to address the following themes:
Roots, early stages, and specific frameworks underlying business and trade organizations. What strategies have been adopted for the promotion and defense of entrepreneurs and managers (unions, professional societies, chambers and trade organizations, clubs, miscellaneous groups, etc.)?  In what historical context, for what reasons, and where (local or nationwide)? Have these organizations been driven and/or curbed by ideological, social, political, or judicial actions? Speakers are encouraged to adopt a comparative perspective covering both time and space and to cover failures as well as successes.
Paper proposals, including the title and a summary accompanied by a short CV (in French or English), must be sent no later than November 10, 2010, to danielefraboulet@wanadoo.fr and clotilde.druelle-korn@unilim.fr.

For complete information, please see the call for papers at the AFHé website.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grad Student Travel Grants for the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting

Thanks to a generous donation from a member, Section L (History & Philosophy of Science) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will offer a limited number of Philip Morrison fellowships for graduate students studying history or philosophy of science and technology who are presenting posters at the association's next annual meeting in Washington, DC, February 17-21, 2011 (http://www.aaas.org/meetings/).

October 25 is the deadline to submit poster proposals at http://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2011/poster/cfp.cgi/. The grant is to defray costs of travel, lodging, and registration up to $500.  Highest preference will be given to graduate students who are presenting posters or otherwise on the program; secondary preference will be given those who serve as session aides at the meeting (see http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2011/ts/aides.shtml).

To apply, send a CV, a statement of support from your advisor, and a brief statement about why attending this meeting would benefit your program of study, to Jonathan Coopersmith, Secretary, Section L, AAAS, j-coopersmith@tamu.edu.  The deadline for grant applications is December 1.  Notification of awards will be made by December 15.

Friday, October 22, 2010

CFP: Economic and Business Historical Society, 2011

Proposals are now being accepted for the 36th annual conference of the Economic and Business Historical Society (EBHS), to be held at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. Proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic or business history are welcome. The EBHS conference offers participants an opportunity for intellectual interchange within a collegial interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the world (a typical mix of participants includes around half from economics departments and half from history/economic history departments).This year’s keynote speaker will be Richard Steckel (Ohio State University).

Papers presented at the conference may be submitted for consideration by the EBHS’s peer-reviewed journal, Essays in Economic and Business History, edited by Janice Traflet (Bucknell University).

The society seeks proposals for individual papers and/or for panel sessions. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words, a brief curriculum vita, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Panel proposals should also suggest a title and a panel chair. Submissions are welcome from graduate students and non-academic affiliates.

Proposals may be submitted online using the form on the EBHS page, by email to: ebhs2011@gmail.com, or via mail to: Ranjit Dighe, 2011 EBHS Program Chair, Department of Economics, Mahar Hall, SUNY-Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 10, 2011.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Digital Collection: Princeton Exhibit of Subway Posters

The Princeton University Library has digitized a number of posters from the Interborough Rapid Transit Subway Company. The posters, designed by the public relations firm Ivy Lee, were displayed in subway cars to provide information to riders about changes in fares and routes, safety issues, and other matters of interest.  The collection consists of 385 images dating from 1918 to 1932; many of them provide financial information about rates, company dividends, and a general look at an early rapid transit system.


October 29, update: Jonathan Rees over at "More or Less Bunk" was moved by this post to go off in search of a better site, and found the massive collection of the London Transport Museum, which displays over 5,000 items in a searchable collection.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Digital Collections: Lewis Hine Collection at the UMBC

The Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has digitized 4,735 images from the work of famed photographer Lewis Hine, The Lewis Hine Collection contains images from his work with the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which asked him to document the circumstances of child labor throughout the United States; Hine worked for the NCLC off and on between 1907 and 1934.  In the words of the UMLB description:
Lewis Hine, c. 1930, 10-year-old
shoeboy. Lewis Hine Collection,
UMBC Kuhn Library.
[Hine] traveled from Maine to Texas documenting children working in factories, mines, mills, farms, and in street trades. He photographed their living conditions as well. The photographs were published in newspapers and magazines, as well as mounted on posters for NCLC conventions. His photographs did not embellish the child laborers’ destitution, and instead showed accurate and poignant depictions of their circumstances. Hine’s photographs were influential in changing public opinion about child labor and subsequently in the passing of legislation to protect children with stricter labor laws. . . . His child labor photographs have proven to be his most important work, because they document irrefutably the difficult circumstances suffered by young workers. These approximately 5,000 images are the most extensive known photographic record of child labor.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Audio Interviews with Business Historians

Many university presses provide podcast audio interviews with their authors, several of them featuring business historians.  One company, Heron & Crane, operates a podcast series on business and management topics called "The Invisible Hand" (most of their audios are free, but some require a payment  of $1.99 to download).  A sampling from their (free) offerings and others:
Steve Fraser, Wall Street: America's Dream Palace
Harold James, The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle
Pamela Walker Laird, Pull: Networking and Success since Benjamin Franklin
Thomas McCraw, Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction
Stephen Mihm, A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States
David Nye, When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, Hotel: An American History
Bryant Simon, Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks
David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exhibit:: "Money on Paper" from Princeton's Numismatic Collection

Detail from Czechoslovakia, 50 korun, 1929 (front). Designed by Alfons Mucha, engraved by Karel Wolf. Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.
(Princeton University Numismatic Collection)
Those planning to be in the Princeton area this year might want to visit the new exhibit from the Princeton University Numismatics Collection, housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Firestone Library. "Money on Paper: Bank Notes and Related Graphic Arts" will run from August 30, 2010, through January 2, 2011. In the words of the exhibit announcement, "Bank notes . . . have constituted one of the dominant forms of visual communication for the past two centuries, and in many cases can be seen as works of art in their own right."

In addition to information provided on the exhibit website, more analysis can be found in Princeton's news release for the exhibit's opening.

For those interested in the history of currency and coins, several websites may be of interest:
The Colonial Currency Web Exhibit, from Notre Dame
The Leslie Brock Center for the Study of Colonial Currency, at the University of Virginia
Roy Davies' Money—Past, Present, & Future

Monday, October 11, 2010

National Archives Launches Docs Teach

The National Archives and Records Administration has launched a new tool, designed primarily for teachers, "Docs Teach."

RCA Victor radio chassis
assembly line, Camden, N.J., 1937
Drawing of Improved Boot, 1867.
Patent and Trademark Office










The site contains over 3,000 primary source items, including written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio, and video. The materials are arranged by period, including, for example, "The Development of the Industrial United States" and "The Great Depression and World War II." There is a free registration function, allowing  users to save selected materials and to use teaching tools such as "Making Connections," which allows teachers to "arrange a set of documents to show the progression of historical events and help students understand relationships among events," "Mapping History," which allows users to link primary sources to locations on a map, and "Interpreting Data."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rundown of Business History Fellowships

Links to some of the major grants programs of interest to business and economic historians:

Hagley Museum and Library
    Hagley Grants and Fellowships, overview
    Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship
    Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship
    Grants-in-aid for Research at the Hagley
Harvard Business School
    Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship in Business History
    Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., Travel Fellowships
    Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., International Visiting Scholars in Business History Program
BAC Bursary for Business History Research
Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry Grants
Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships
Clark Research Grant Program, Benson Ford Research Center
EHA Research Fellowships
Economic History Society Grants
German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
    German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, Fellowship Overview
    GHI Doctoral Fellowship in International Business History
    GHI Fellowship in the History of Consumption
    GHI Fellowship in Economic and Social History
Hartman Center Research Grants
Lemelson Center Fellowships, at the National Museum of American History
Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowships
Pasold Research Fund, for research in textile history
PEAES Fellowships
Rockefeller Archive Center Grants
SHOT Fellowships
Virginia Historical Society, Betty Sams Christian Fellowships in Business History