Monday, April 29, 2013

JSTOR Launches Alumni Program

Many researchers are able to access JSTOR articles without charge through subscriptions paid for by their home institutions. Now independent scholars who are alumni of an expanding group of colleges and universities can use JSTOR freely as well through the Alumni Access Program. A list of participating institutions is provided on the JSTOR website; registration with one's alumni association is required.
   Other programs of particular interest to independent scholars are the Register and Read Program, in which up to three articles every two weeks can be stored and read on-line (though not downloaded), and the Early Journal Content initiative, which  makes journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone; this includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing 6 percent of JSTOR content.

Friday, April 26, 2013

CFP: Making Movie$: Money On and Off the Screen

Film & History will hold its annual conference on November 20-24, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin. The topic of the meeting is "Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen." The program is divided into thematic sections, many of which would be of interest to business and economic historians—for example: "Capital, Inc.: Capitalists, Capitalism, and Corporations in the Cinematic Imagination"; "Financing the Frontier: Money and the Cinematic West"; and "Market Manners: The Exchanges between Economies and Cinematic Style." A complete list, leading to full descriptions, is provided on the conference website. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rosenthal on “Big Data in the Age of the Telegraph”

Detail from Plan of Organization, New York and Erie Railroad, 1855. Courtesy of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
In an article in the March 2013 McKinsey Quarterly, HBS Newcomen Fellow and recent BHC Krooss Prize winner Caitlin Rosenthal discusses the difficulty of organizing "Big Data in the Age of the Telegraph." She focuses on the 1854 organizational chart of Daniel McCallum, who was superintendent of the New York and Erie Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century (and later head of all military railroads in the United States during the Civil War). He is credited with creating one of the first organizational charts in American business. As Rosenthal writes, "The problem was not a lack of information: the growing use of the telegraph gave the company an unprecedented supply of nearly real-time data, including reports of accidents and train delays. Rather, the difficulty was putting that data to use, and it led McCallum to develop one of the era’s great low-tech management innovations: the organization chart."
    Rosenthal explains that, although Alfred Chandler had described the chart and referred to it often in his work, he indicated that he had never seen it and had based his description on an advertisement in the American Railroad Journal. She therefore began a quest to locate the image. With the help of historian Peter Knight of the University of Manchester, she discovered that an original is held in the Library of Congress.
    As it turns out, Charles Wrege and Guidon Sorbo, Jr., had located the chart earlier, and discussed it in their "A Bridge Builder Changes a Railroad: The Story of Daniel Craig McCallum," Canal History and Technology Proceedings 24 (March 2005): 183-218. They credit George Holt Henshaw as the artist who drew the image. See Albert J. Churella, The Pennsylvania Railroad, Vol. 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), 842n8.

Tip of the hat to the Organizations and Markets blog.

Monday, April 22, 2013

CFP: “Challenges of International Banking Regulation after 1945”

“The Challenges of International Banking Regulation and Supervision after 1945” is a conference jointly organized by the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V. and the ERSC-funded project, ‘The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision (1961-1982),’ at the University of Glasgow; it will take place on January 16-17, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The organizers explain:
Financial regulation and supervision has gained prominence in the public debate over the past few years. The aim of this conference is to contextualise discussions about financial regulation and supervision since World War II, in particular by providing an historical perspective to current debates. Conference organisers welcome proposals investigating the obstacles and challenges to international banking regulation and supervision after 1945. The aim of the conference is to bring together different approaches—legal, economic, political science / political economy, historical—in order to enrich and widen the debate about international regulation and supervision. 
For a fuller exposition of the conference goals, please see the complete call for papers.
      Potential contributors interested in participating should submit a paper proposal not exceeding one page and a recent CV as email attachments by September 30, 2013, to Dr. Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol ( using ‘EABH / Glasgow Conference’ in the email subject line.
     Final papers will be circulated in advance of the conference and should be around 6,000 words. The organizers plan to publish the proceedings of the conference.

Friday, April 19, 2013

CHARM 2013 Meeting Information Posted

Copenhagen view
CHARM (the Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing) will hold its 2013 biennial meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 30-June 2; the theme for 2013 is "Varieties, Alternatives, and Deviations in Marketing History." The conference website contains information about registration, lodging, and local sights and activities, as well as the preliminary program. Details of the Doctoral Workshop held in conjunction with the meeting are also available.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Series in Business and Economic History

Columbia University Press has recently announced a new book series of interest.  Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism aims to take "the full measure of capitalism's complexity, placing it squarely back at the center of the American experience by taking history 'from the bottom up' all the way to the top." Louis Hyman, Bethany Moreton, and Julia Ott will serve as the series editors.
    Other book series related to business and economic history include:
Routledge International Studies in Business History
People, Markets, Goods: Economies and Societies in History (Boydell and Brewer), eds.: Nigel Goose, Steve Hindle, Jane Humphries, and Kevin O’Rourke
Comparative Perspectives in Business History (Cambridge), eds.: Franco Amatori, Louis Galambos
Princeton Economic History of the Western World, ed. Joel Mokyr
American Business, Politics, and Society (University of Pennsylvania Press), eds.: Andrew Wender Cohen, Pamela Walker Laird, Mark H. Rose, and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press), eds.:  Philip Scranton, Roger Horowitz, and Susan Strasser
Studies in Industry and Society (Johns Hopkins University Press), ed.: Philip Scranton
Studies in Early American Economy and Society (Johns Hopkins University Press), ed.: Cathy Matson
Studies in Business History (Pickering & Chatto)
Studies in Banking and Financial History (Ashgate)
Harvard Studies in Business History, eds.: Walter Friedman and Geoffrey Jones
Luther H. Hodges Series on Business, Society, and the State (University of North Carolina Press), ed. William H. Becker

Monday, April 15, 2013

Program Available for CHORD Workshop: Retailing, Shopping, and Gender

On May 15, 2013, CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) will hold a workshop on the topic "Retailing, Shopping, and Gender: Historical Approaches" at the University of Wolverhampton. The day's program and abstracts of the papers have now been posted. For directions, registration form, and other details, please see the workshop website; the registration fee is ϣ16.

Friday, April 12, 2013

GHI “New Technologies of Communication” Program Posted

On May 10-11, 2013, the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, will host a workshop on "New Technologies and Cultures of Communication in the 19th and 20th Centuries." Convenors are Clelia Caruso (German Historical Institute-Washington), Peter Jelavich (Johns Hopkins University), Richard R. John (Columbia University), and Benjamin Schwantes (German Historical Institute-Washington). The program for the workshop is now available on the GHI website. The call for papers stated the organizers' objectives in the following way:
Historiographical research on electrical communication media often tends to present a deterministic narrative of the development of technological objects towards a predominant use. Alternative forms of use are often narrated as historical aberrations . . . . We wish to examine what, from today's perspective, appear to be unusual usages of well-established media, even those usages that have been short lived or purely imaginary. This focus on media at the stage of "interpretive flexibility," before technologies and usages "stabilized" and eventually reached a state of closure, would permit us to have a closer look at the shifts in the usage and interpretation of communication technologies by different types of users and thus allow for an analysis of the appropriation of these media by modern societies. 
Please see the GHI website for additional information.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Update on the Smithsonian's “American Enterprise” Exhibit

As reported here two years ago, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is planning a new exhibition, American Enterprise, which will open in the spring of 2015 (moved back from 2014). The exhibition will focus primarily on stories from five economic sectors: agriculture, finance, information and communication technology, manufacturing, and retail/service. In conjunction with the physical exhibit, the NMAH created a website to track the exhibit's progress and to allow public interaction with the curators. Readers can learn about additions to the exhibit and read articles by following the project's blog. Posts include an article on pawning by Wendy Woloson; on Alfred Bloomingdale's cartoon collection by Robin Einhorn; a series of posts (generated by Steven Lubar's class at Brown University) on the significance of business board games; on the making of Labor Day by Paul Buhle; and on the business of philanthropy by Amanda Moniz. Interested readers can subscribe to the "American Enterprise" blog to receive updates automatically.

Monday, April 8, 2013

CFP: Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History

The Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History (APHES) has issued a call for papers for its annual meeting, which will be held in Braga on November 15-16, 2013. The conference theme will be "State, Society, and Markets in a Global World." The call for papers states:
The State’s role in the economic and social system has always been the subject of controversy, something which has been strengthened by the importance it gained in the 20th century.The economic and social policies that emerged from the State’s action in society, as well as the mechanisms used for its implementations. open a vast field of research that seeks new analyses and interpretations. Reflecting on the changes that have occurred in the relationships between market, society and State could provide an important contribution to the redefining that occurred with the role the State assumed in different historical contexts.
   Proposals should be accompanied by an abstract of 500 words maximum (including 4 keywords), indicating the objective, theoretical focus, and empirical support, if relevant and a brief CV (1 page limit) of the author, or in the case of various authors, of the main author. The deadline for the submission of proposals is May 31, 2013. Submissions should be sent to: Please see the conference website for details.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Enterprise & Society Article Featured in Oxford UP Blog

Kristin Hall, author of "Selling Sexual Certainty? Advertising Lysol as a Contraceptive in the United States and Canada, 1919–1939" in the March 2013 issue of Enterprise & Society, has written an essay about her study, "Buyer Beware: The Case of Lysol Disinfectant," for the Oxford University Press blog. In light of her research, Hall concludes, "Perhaps the safest way to approach the market is with some consumer confidence, accompanied by a healthy dose of skepticism." Oxford Journals is making the article freely available on its website for a limited period.
   Hall is a graduate student in history at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CFP: World Business History Conference 2014

WBHC  In summer 2012 representatives from the European Business History Association (EBHA) and the Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ) met colleagues from other regions of the world (Latin America, the United States, South Korea, Australia, and South Africa) to discuss the suggestion of creating a World Business History Congress. To further planning, they have set up an Academic Committee, which consists of Takeshi Abe (president, BHSJ), Carlos Davila (Colombia), Andrea Schneider (organizer of the Frankfurt meetings), Harm Schröter (president, EBHA), Grietjie Verhoef (president, International Economic History Association), and Andrew Godley, representing the Business History Conference.
    It was decided that a one-day World Business History Conference would be organized to meet in conjunction with the 2014 Business History Conference meeting in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The two events will not be merged into one, but rather will be held one after another; the WBHC will meet on March 17, 2014 (preceded by a dinner on Sunday, March 16). A website has been set up and a call for papers issued. The theme for the sessions will be "State of the Art in World Business History: A First Review."
     Those interested in submitting a paper or session should send:
For single contributions:  one-page abstract; list of 2-4 keywords; half to single-page CV
For complete sessions: one-page of abstract on the aim of the whole session; one-page abstract for each contribution; half to single-page CV for each contributor. For whole sessions, commentator suggestions are appreciated; sessions cannot have more than five contributions.
Submissions should be sent to Dr. Andrea Schneider, at by October 1, 2013. For a more detailed explanation, please see the complete call for papers.
    A full-blown World Business History Congress will be organized to take place in June 2016 in Bergen, Norway.

Monday, April 1, 2013

BHC Announces Award Winners at 2013 Meeting

At the Business History Conference annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, held on March 21-23, 2013, officers announced the following recipients of BHC prizes and grants.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The award is bestowed every two years to a scholar who has contributed significantly to the work of the Business History Conference and to scholarship in business history.

2013 recipient: Mansel Blackford (The Ohio State University)

Hagley Prize
The prize is awarded jointly by the Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference to the best book in business history (broadly defined) written in English and published during the two years prior to the award.
2013 recipient: Michael B. Miller (University of Miami)
Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Ralph Gomory Prize
This prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. Prizes are awarded to a book and an article written in English and published during the two years prior to the award.
2013 book recipient: Mark Freeman, University of Glasgow, Robin Pearson, University of Hull, and James Taylor, University of Lancaster
Shareholder Democracies? Corporate Governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850 (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

2013 honorable mention: Jennifer L. Anderson,(SUNY-Stony Brook)
Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard University Press, 2012).

2013 article recipient: Gerben Bakker, (London School of Economics)
“Trading Facts: Arrow’s Fundamental Paradox and the Origins of Global News Networks,” in International Communication and Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives, ed. Peter Putnis, Chandrika Kaul, and Jurgen Wilke (Hampton Press/International Association of Media and Communications Research, 2011).
Herman E. Krooss Prize
The prize recognizes the best dissertation in business history written in English and completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the annual meeting.
2013 recipient: Caitlin Rosenthal (Harvard Business School)
"From Memory to Mastery: Accounting for Control in America, 1740-1880"(Harvard University, 2012).
Oxford Journals Article Prize
This prize recognizes the author of an article published in Enterprise & Society judged to be the best of those that have appeared in the volume previous to the year of the BHC annual meeting.
2013 recipient: Geoffrey Jones (Harvard Business School) and Christina Lubinski (German Historical Institute)
“Managing Political Risk in Global Business: Beiersdorf 1914–1990.” Enterprise & Society 13 (1), 2012.
Mira Wilkins Prize
This prize, established in recognition of the path-breaking scholarship of Mira Wilkins, is awarded to the author of the best Enterprise & Society article pertaining to international and comparative business history published the volume previous to the year of the BHC annual meeting.
2013 recipient: Tore C. Olsson (University of Georgia),
“Peeling Back the Layers: Vidalia Onions and the Making of a Global Agribusiness, Enterprise & Society 13 (4), 2012.
K. Austin Kerr Prize 
The prize recognizes the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference by a new scholar (doctoral student or those within three years of receiving their Ph.D). It honors K. Austin Kerr, longtime professor of history at the Ohio State University and former president of the Business History Conference.
2013 recipient:  Anne Fleming (Harvard Law School)
“The ‘very fibre of personal finance’: Changing Beliefs about Regulation and the Small-Sum Lending Industry in New York, 1900-1940”

2013 honorable mention: Joshua Specht (Harvard University)
“Hard Winters, International Capital, and the Rise and Fall of the Land and Cattle Company in the United States”
The CEBC Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility 
The prize recognizes a paper presented at the BHC annual meeting that makes a significant contribution to the history of corporate responsibility. It is funded by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St.Thomas Opus College of Business in honor of Harry R. Halloran, Jr.
2013 recipient: Stephanie Amerian (Irvine Valley College)
“ ‘A store is a citizen’: Civic Culture and Consumer Culture at Lord & Taylor Department Store, 1945-1959”
For more information about these prizes and links to lists of recipients, please see the BHC awards web pages or contact Roger Horowitz, BHC Secretary-Treasurer, at