Friday, February 12, 2016

On-Line Resource: Scottish Business History Network

The just-launched Scottish Business History Network "aims to connect all those - both individuals and organisations - with an interest in Scottish business history and business archives. Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in business archives and business history in Scotland and beyond, with a view to encouraging partnerships and the building of links between allied sectors." The site now contains a number of brief archival case studies, "developed to show how a wide variety of businesses, archives and heritage organisations have used their business archive collections." A number of others are available on the Scottish Council on Archives website.
   For more information, please see the network's website.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

APEBH Conference Program Available

The 2016 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference will be held at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia, at the end of this week, on February 11-13.
The theme of the conference is "Wine, Wheat and Copper? Resource booms and busts: agriculture, mining and the wider economy in historical and comparative perspective."
      The conference program has recently been posted; abstracts and, in some cases, full papers are linked from the program.
      The 2016 Noel Butlin lecture will be given by Kym Anderson of the University of Adelaide, where he is the George Gollin Professor of Economics. His topic will be "Mining’s Impact on Australia’s Agricultural Competitiveness: Past and Prospective." In addition, Jari Eloranta will deliver the keynote speech at the conference dinner, on  the topic, “The Awkward Dance between Economic and Business History: Methods and Topics for Future Collaboration.”

Monday, February 8, 2016

CFP: BAM 2016 Business History Track

A reminder that the British Academy of Management  (BAM) "Management and Business History Track" will run again this year, at the BAM meeting in Newcastle on September 6-8, 2016. Track co-chairs are Kevin Tennent and Sasha Hodgson. Fully developed paper submissions, as well as shorter developmental papers (1-2,000 words) and workshop submissions, are welcome. The submission deadline is February 29, 2016. The track call says, in part:
This track aims to encourage the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with a wide range of management scholars. The 2016 conference theme, ‘Thriving in Turbulent Times’, is an ideal opportunity to explore the value of historical study for management research. Histories of organizations, industries and institutions give us the opportunity to understand how managers have responded to turbulent times in the past, whether it be through war, economic crisis, scandal or other disruptions to their activities. In this track we specialize in chronologically or longitudinally motivated research. This year we welcome papers either using new and innovative methodologies, or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We are also interested in context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns. In addition, we appreciate papers dealing with the legacy of turbulence in the past in business and management more generally, and how it has influenced the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities.
For the full track summary, please see the BAM website. Readers can also find meeting information and submission instructions there.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lemelson Center Announces Molella Distinguished Fellowship

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation announces the creation of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). The Center seeks to appoint an experienced author or senior scholar from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Distinguished Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. The Molella Distinguished Fellow will be encouraged to participate in the intellectual life and programmatic activities of the museum; to take advantage of the expertise of the museum’s research staff; and to consult the Institution’s vast invention and technology collections. The Lemelson Center will assist in arranging a visa for non-US citizens, provide a work space, and facilitate startup procedures at the Smithsonian.
    The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation.  However, strong preference in the selection of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow will be given to projects whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including: (1) the role of place in invention and innovation; (2) the making and training of inventors and innovators; (3) innovation in sports; (4) the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; or (5) projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBT, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.
   The Molella Fellowship carries a stipend of $35,000 (US). Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits; living expenses for longer residences up to six months; and related research expenses. Dates are flexible. Fellows may begin their residencies on/after June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
    For application procedures, please visit Applications are due March 31, 2016. For more information, please contact the fellowship coordinator, Eric S. Hintz+1 202-633-3734.

About Arthur P. Molella

The Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship is endowed by The Lemelson Foundation in recognition of Dr. Arthur P. Molella’s scholarly contributions in recording and celebrating the history and importance of invention and innovation in American society.  During his 40+ years at the Smithsonian, and as founding director (emeritus) of the Lemelson Center, Molella has been responsible for collecting initiatives, major exhibitions, and numerous publications.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BHR Provides Free Access to a Selection of Articles

The editors of the Business History Review, published by Cambridge University Press, are providing open access to a number of recent articles. Included are:
Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Kenneth L. Sokoloff, and Dhanoos Sutthiphisal, "Patent Alchemy: The Market for Technology in US History"
Espen Storli, "Cartel Theory and Cartel Practice: The Case of the International Aluminum Cartels, 1901–1940"
Mary O'Sullivan, "A Fine Failure: Relationship Lending, Moses Taylor, and the Joliet Iron & Steel Company, 1869–1888"
Richard R. John, "Prophet of Perspective: Thomas K. McCraw"
Mira Wilkins, "The History of Multinationals: A 2015 View"
Alain Verbeke and Liena Kano, "The New Internalization Theory and Multinational Enterprises from Emerging Economies: A Business History Perspective"
Pierre-Yves Donzé, "Siemens and the Construction of Hospitals in Latin America, 1949-1964"
B. Zorina Khan, "Inventing Prizes: A Historical Perspective on Innovation Awards and Technology Policy"
Graeme G. Acheson, Gareth Campbell, and John D. Turner, "Active Controllers or Wealthy Rentiers? Large Shareholders in Victorian Public Companies
Brian R. Cheffins, "Corporate Governance since the Managerial Capitalism Era"
Readers may also want to check out the Autumn 2015 issue, which is a special volume on "Globalization," in which the Wilkins, Verbeke and Kano, and Donzé articles appear.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Full 2016 OAH Program Now Available

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) will hold its 2016 annual meeting on April 7-10 in Providence, Rhode Island. The complete program brochure is now available on-line. We highlighted several business and economic history sessions in an earlier post, but the full program includes many other sessions of interest. [Note that the OAH program does not supply session numbers or links to abstracts, so the sessions are identified here by the page number on which they appear in the program.]
Sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by the BHC:
   p. 28: "Financial Leaders of the Early American Republic"
   p. 37: "Capitalism in the Countryside: Farmers, Families, and the Marketplace"
   p. 53: "Temporalities of Agriculture and Capitalism"
   p. 56: "Law, Finance, and Institutional Leadership: New Perspectives on the History of Financialization"
   p. 56: "The Business of Leadership"
   p. 63: "Who Remade the Modern American City? Private-Sector Civic Leadership and Urban Change, 1945–2000" [Note that this session has been moved from Friday to Sunday.]

Other economic history sessions:
   p. 28: "New Politics, New Economy: Redefining Leadership in Postindustrial America"
   p. 32: "New Directions in the Study of Paid Domestic Work: Race, State, and Struggle"
   p. 32: "Rhode Island and the China Trade"
   p. 32: "The Truly Advantaged: The Lending Class in High, Low, and Housing Finance"
   p. 40: "Open Question: What Is the Relation between Slavery and Capitalism?"
   p. 43: "Gender, Consumerism, and the Early South"
   p. 44: "Myths of the Market"
   p. 46: Plenary: "Can We Use History?" (Paul Krugman, with commentary by Naomi Lamoreaux and Eric Rauchway)
   p. 50: "No-Fault: Injury, Compensation, and the Shifting Rhetoric of Responsibility in Twentieth-Century America"
   p. 50: "Hippies, Business, and Technology: Rethinking Countercultural Community and Leadership in the 1960s and ’70s"
   p. 51: "Christianity and Capitalism in the Modern United States: Historians Respond to Kevin Kruse’s One Nation under God"
   p. 51: "History, Numbers, Numeracy: Opportunities and Obstacles in Quantitative and Digital History"
   p. 52: "Governing Bodies of Evidence: Labor, Citizenship, and Sensory Knowledge in the Gilded Age"
   p. 58: "Neoliberalism in the 1970s"

Individual papers in other sessions:
   p. 31: Brett Gadsden, "From Protest to Politics: Clifford Alexander and the Making of the Modern Black Executive"
   p. 33: Rebecca Kobrin, "A Credit to the Nation?: Immigrant Banking, New York State’s Banking Authorities, and the Reshaping of American Finance, 1914–1930"
   p. 38: Ai Hisano, "More “Natural” Than Nature: The Federal Policy and Corporate Enterprise of Food Coloring in the Progressive Era"
   p. 40: Jenna Healey, "Profit and Procreation: Regulating the American Fertility Industry"
   p. 39, Jessica Frazier, "Community Solutions: Women in the Fishing Industry"
   p. 41: Elizabeth De Wolfe, "Spies, Lies, and Type-Writers: Female Office Workers and the 1894 Breckinridge-Pollard Scandal"
   p. 52: Carl Zimring, "Environmental Racism in the Gilded Age: Soap Advertising and the Rhetoric of Clean and White"
   p. 52: Denise Khor, "Photography, Chinese Workers, and the Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad"
   p. 56: Ryan Acton, "The Meritocratic Ethos and the Spirit of Inequality: A Case Study of Harvard Business School"

And of course, many other sessions feature papers in related fields including the history of slavery and of gender and political, urban, and labor history.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rovensky Fellowship: Deadline Reminder

A reminder that the deadline is approaching for those wishing to apply for the 2016-2017 John Rovensky Fellowships. Two $8,000 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history. The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation. Awardees may use the fellowship concurrently with other funding sources, including grants or teaching assignments.
     Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. 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 2016. Awards are non-renewable.
     The Rovensky Fellowship Selection Committee is composed of seven scholars in American economic and business history and is chaired by Marcelo Bucheli of the University of Illinois. For more details about the application process, please see the fellowship announcement and the application form. Completed applications and letters of reference for the fellowship must be received no later than February 19, 2016. Questions may be addressed to Marcelo Bucheli at

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fellowships Available: Program in Early American History and Society

The Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) at the Library Company of Philadelphia invites applications for dissertation and short-term fellowships  during 2016-2017. These research fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to the 1850s. Possible research topics include Atlantic and global connections of the American economy; its commerce, business, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal development, or political economy; the history of race and the economy, capitalism, households, or gendered economies.  All fellows are expected to be residence in Philadelphia and conduct research in the area for the duration of awards. Applicants for the post-doctoral and dissertation fellowships may submit proposals based not only on the extensive collections at the Library Company, but also on the printed and manuscript materials of other institutions in the Philadelphia area. Short-term fellows will spend a continuous month of research at the Library Company.  Fellowships will be awarded as follows:
One dissertation research fellowship, carrying a stipend of $20,000, tenable for nine consecutive months of residency from September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017; or it may be divided between two scholars, for the periods September 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017, or January 15 to May 31, 2017.
Four one-month fellowships, carrying stipends of $2,000 each and tenable for one month of continuous residence and research at the Library Company between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.
For application requirements and additional information, please consult the PEAES website. The deadline for all applications is March 1, 2016. Questions may be addressed to Cathy Matson, Program Director, at

Monday, January 25, 2016

Open Access: “Corporate Constitutionalism” in Itinerario

The December 2015 issue of Itinerario (International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction) features a set of articles on the constitutional activities of seventeenth-century trading corporations; Cambridge University Press is making the essays freely available at this time. According to the editors,
The trading corporation’s constitutional status and its constitutional powers provided it with the means to impersonate the state and govern trade; to subordinate itself to state power; and to operate between state jurisdictions. From the seventeenth century onwards, these transnational and constitutional characteristics played an important part in the development of corporate trade and national and international constitutions.
Articles are:
William A. Pettigrew, "Corporate Constitutionalism and the Dialogue between the Global and Local in Seventeenth-Century English History"
David Armitage, "Wider Still and Wider: Corporate Constitutionalism Unbounded"
Paul D. Halliday, "Speaking Law to the Corporate Person"
Vicki Hsueh, "Constitutional Turns and Corporate Responses to the Empire of Uniformity"
Tom Leng, " 'Corporate Constitutionalism,' the Merchant Adventurers, and Anglo-European Interaction"
Philip J. Stern, "Parasites, Persons, and Princes: Evolutionary Biology of the Corporate Constitution"

Friday, January 22, 2016

Deadline Approaching: Hartman Center Travel Grants and Fellowships

Kodak magazine ad, 1917 (Hartman Collections, item K0266)
The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, sends a reminder that the deadline for its travel grants is fast approaching. Three types of grants for research travel to the Center's collections are available: the Alvin Achenbaum travel grant, FOARE Fellowship for Outdoor Advertising Research, and the John Furr Fellowship for research in the J. Walter Thompson Co. Archives. According to the announcement,
The John W. Hartman Center promotes the understanding of the social, cultural and historical influence of advertising and marketing through the collection of published and unpublished resources.  Strengths of the collection include direct marketing and sales, outdoor advertising, women in the industry, trade industry association records, and the records of multiple advertising agencies and marketing firms.
     Travel grants are available to any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, artist, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the John W. Hartman Center. For more information on the available grants, please visit the grant section of the Center's website.
    The deadline for application is January 29, 2016 (5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time).