Saturday, August 30, 2014

OTC: Notes of Interest, No. 3

Around the web:
Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia has an article in the Boston Globe that delves into the links between slavery and present-day inequality.

Over on "The Junto," Lindsay Schakenbach, Ph.D. candidate in history at Brown University, has a guest post about the founding of Lowell and the federal executive. 

Internet Archive Book Images places online over two million public domain images from digitized books with full bibliographic details and surrounding text. Search, for example, for "telegraph" (making sure to select the Book Images database only). An article about the project can be found here. Note also that the British Library has a similar photostream, though its site does not include accompanying text.

The Guardian has published a series of interesting maps of eighteenth-century shipping trade routes by James Cheshire. In the same article, see the maps put in motion by Ben Schmidt. For more examples of GIS, see Cheshire's home site, Spatial Analysis, and Ben Schmidt's, Sapping Attention

Pathé News was a producer of newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1976 in the UK. The Pathé News archive, known today as "British Pathé," has been fully digitized and contents are available online for a fee. But thousands of selected items are now available without charge via a YouTube channel.

Several items of interest from the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History at Duke: they have acquired and cataloged medical promotional materials, 1938-2004, from the collection of Dr. Albert Cornell. They have posted a J. Walter Thompson timeline [have been able to access this only using Internet Explorer] and an administrative history of the company. And third, the JWT company newsletters have been digitized and are now available online.

Fascinating high-resolution photographs from the early history of flight: images of the Wright brothers' experiments from the Library of Congress via The Atlantic

Naomi Lamoreaux has posted a long abstract of her recent NBER paper, "Revisiting American Exceptionalism: Democracy and the Regulation of Corporate Governance in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania," on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Regulation.

Stanford University has mounted a section on HistoryPin called "Living with the Railroads." The site is part of Stanford's Shaping the West project, directed by Richard White, in cooperation with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis there.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ph.D. Seminar: “Using Historical Approaches in Management and Organizational Research”

Copenhagen Business School will be offering a Ph.D. Seminar on “Using Historical Approaches in Management and Organizational Research” this fall on November 17-18, 2014. Faculty will consist of
Per H. Hansen, Professor of Business History
Tor Hernes, Professor of Organization
Christina Lubinski, Associate Prof of Business History
Mads Mordhorst, Associate Prof of Business History
Majken Schultz, Professor of Organization
Roy Suddaby, Editor, Academy of Management Review
R. Daniel Wadhwani, Associate Prof of Entrepreneurship
Each participant must submit a working paper or full-length proposal for group discussion or review by November 17. Candidates must apply no later than October 17, 2014.

The seminar will provide a broad overview of the uses of history in management and organizational research, and then examine more closely three ways in which historical sources, methods, and perspectives can be used to address organizational research questions. As the organizers explain:
The first approach we will examine is the use of history to develop or test theory. Historical sources can provide a foundation for developing and testing theories related to organizational processes in time, including such processes as institutionalization, path dependence, imprinting, and evolutionary dynamics. We will illustrate how this is done using leading examples from the organizational literature, and will discuss the assumptions, strengths, and limitations of such an approach. Second, we will discuss the uses of history to identify and reconstruct important phenomena that extant theory elides. . . . We will show how historical approaches can be used to reconstruct organizational developments that theory has elided, and how this can in turn serve as a basis for alternative theoretical perspectives on organizations. Finally, we will examine the use of history to provide insights into organizational meaning, cognition, and agency. Historical sources and approaches allow insights into how organizational actors understand their world, including their own position in historical time. We will examine how organizational scholars have been employing this approach to examine the uses of history by organizations and actors to formulate organizational strategy, engage in entrepreneurial action, and establish organizational identity.
The course will award 3 ECTS credits. Students who do not have a working paper or full-length proposal may still take the course but will receive only 2 ECTS credits.

Ph.D. students interested in participating should contact Mads Mordhorst ( or Christina Lubinski ( for further details and should also consult the full announcement for the schedule, fees, and other details.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CFP: “Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration”

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on "Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective." The meeting will take place at Birkbeck College, University of London, on June 18-20, 2015. In the words of the organizers:
Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological, criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking, smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period. In particular, it aims to critically engage with the concept of sexual trafficking in the past by exploring the way in which it was entangled with labour and with migration more broadly. Papers need not be limited, therefore, to the subject of trafficking: we encourage submissions from those working on smuggling and illicit migration as well, though we are especially interested in work from a gendered perspective.
Part of the conference will take the form of a workshop, in which delegates will be given space in which to discuss common themes and problems in their work. Although the conference is primarily for historians, a roundtable plenary, open to the public, policy makers, and organizations, will focus on what history can add to present-day debates about sex trafficking and related migration policy.

Proposals for papers and expressions of interest in the workshop are invited from scholars at all stages of their careers. Proposals for papers of 300–500 words should be sent to traffickinghistoryconference@​ by October 1, 2014. Applicants should indicate whether they are also interested in participating in the workshop. Those wishing to be considered only for a workshop place should send a 150–200 word description of their research.For more details, see the full call for papers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Research Tool: Business History Explorer

Business History Explorer (BHE) is a bibliography covering the history of UK businesses and the industries to which they belong. Its prime purpose is to assist researchers in locating historical information about specific businesses. Information for the bibliography was gathered between 2006 and 2012 by John Orbell with the help of Richard Storey. At the core of the bibliography are the 4,000 entries in Francis Goodall’s Bibliography of British Business Histories (1987), to which the present compilers have added over 20,000 entries. First published in late 2012, the BHE listings are continuously updated. The project is supported by the British Archives Council.
     BHE’s content includes monographs, chapters within monographs, theses, and unpublished manuscripts. It presently excludes periodical articles, but a selected number will be included in subsequent editions. 
     Simple search lists are compiled without a fee, but access to the results requires either a personal membership or access to an institutional subscription.
     An extensive description of the scope of the project and user information can be found on the Business History Explorer website.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Enterprise & Society September 2014 Contents Available

Contents of the September 2014 issue of Enterprise & Society have now been posted on the Oxford Journals website. Articles include
Paul Anthony Cluster
"The M Yarn: Price and Social Imagination in Early Industrial Britain"

Paula A. De La Cruz-Fernández
"Marketing the Hearth: Ornamental Embroidery and the Building of the Multinational Singer Sewing Machine Company"

James Reveley and John Singleton
"Clearing the Cupboard: The Role of Public Relations in London Clearing Banks’ Collective Legitimacy-Seeking, 1950–1980"

Nikki Mandell
"Will the Real Businessman/Businesswoman Stand Up? The Historical Implications of Regendering Business Success in the Early Twentieth Century"

Marcelo Bucheli and Erica Salvaj
"Adaptation Strategies of Multinational Corporations, State-Owned Enterprises, and Domestic Business Groups to Economic and Political Transitions: A Network Analysis of the Chilean Telecommunications Sector, 1958–2005"
Full access requires a subscription (personal subscriptions are included with a BHC membership), but abstracts are freely available.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Fellowship in Business History Announced

The Hagley Museum and Library and the Miller Center at the University of Virginia announce a Miller Center/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Politics. The fellowship, which will commence with the 2015-2016 academic year, supports the completion of dissertations that address the connections between business and politics. The Miller Center/Hagley fellow is expected to be in residence at Hagley for the academic year. While in residence, the fellow will receive an office, stack access, interlibrary loan privileges, Internet access, the opportunity to present a paper in Hagley’s seminar series, and use of Hagley’s discounted scholar’s accommodations. Through the Miller Center, the fellow will be paired with a mentor, a senior scholar in the fellow’s field who will provide critical guidance during his/her fellowship year. The fellowship carries a stipend of $24,000.
     Roger Horowitz, director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at Hagley, commented, “Hagley’s business records are essential for understanding the relationships between business and public policy, and have been a major resource for scholarship in this area for decades. . . . we are excited to unite Hagley’s scholarly resources with the training and expertise provided by the Miller Center.”
     For application procedures, please see the fellowship site at the Miller Center. The application process will open in November 2014 and close on February 2, 2015
     The full Hagley press release is available here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

EBHA Final Program Has Been Posted

The annual congress of the European Business History Association (EBHA) will take place this week (August 21-23) in Utrecht. The theme for the meeting is "Comparative Business History: Contrasting Regions, Sectors and Centuries." The final program is now available online, including abstracts of the papers and full texts of many of them. In addition to dozens of sessions, the program also includes a poster session, a dissertation session, and two plenaries--one a roundtable on "Business History--Debates, Theories, Methods" and another a keynote speech by Maarten Prak on "Comparing Centuries: Continuities and Transitions in the Dutch 'Poldermodel'."
     For full meeting information, including a PDF of the congress brochure, please see the EBHA congress website.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

OTC: Notes of Interest, No. 2

Around the web:
In the wake of events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, Colin Gordon and his maps have become a feature of several recent news stories, particularly in The New York Times. The maps, showing the racial make-up of the area over time, are a supplement to Gordon's book, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). The map website is here.

There will be a conference on "Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c." in Athens, Greece, on October 17-19, 2014. The program is available here.

Andrew Watson has a post on the NiCHE website (Network in Canadian History and Environment), discussing supply chains for leather in the nineteenth century, that makes good use of Historical GIS techniques.

Deidre McCloskey engages in a printed discussion with Joel Mokyr and John Nye in "Deidre McCloskey and Economists' Ideas about Ideas." Also, British journalist Evan Davis interviewed McCloskey on a similar topic, with the audio available here.

The University of Southern California library has posted an interesting and visually appealing collection of Japanese advertising posters from the early twentieth century.

Forbes has a long interview with Mark Valeri, author of Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America (Princeton University Press, 2010); you can hear the audio version here. Selected print excerpts can be found here, here, and here.

The Elizabeth Murray Project is a website that focuses on the life of one colonial American woman. Created in a collaborative effort to develop teaching materials utilizing primary sources by California State University, Long Beach, and teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District, the site provides a wealth of material about the life and times of one early 18th-century businesswoman.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Web Resources: Banks and the First World War

Barclays employees in uniform during the First World War
A great many websites have sprung up to mark the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. Of particular interest to business and economic historians are materials posted by the banking industry.
    The Business Archives Council has provided one handy list of British banks' commemorative websites, providing links to
the Baring Archives
the Midlands Bank
the Royal Bank of Scotland
    Other banks that have set up commemorative sites include Lloyds Banking Group, the Bank of England, and Barclays. In the United States, the Federal Reserve has posted an essay on "The Federal Reserve's Role during World War I."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OAH Speakers' Series Features History of Capitalism

Created in 1981, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers bureau dedicated to American history. According to the Organization of American Historians website, "OAH Distinguished Lecturers speak around the country every year, not only visiting college campuses and addressing undergraduate and graduate student conferences but also leading teacher seminars and engaging general audiences at public events sponsored by historical societies, museums, libraries, and humanities councils." Among the many topics covered by the series is "The History of Capitalism," which encompasses over 30 speakers on various facets of the subject. Participating scholars include Sven Beckert, Peter Coclanis, Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, Louis Hyman, Bethany Moreton, Julia Ott, Kim Phillips-Fein, Scott Sandage, and Jennifer Scanlon, to name only a few. Most speakers offer a selection of lectures.
    OAH Distinguished Lecturers are appointed by the OAH president-elect. Each agrees to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate his or her lecture fee to the organization. The OAH has a YouTube channel where videos of several lectures can be found.
    For more information about the Distinguished Lectureship Program, please see the OAH website.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Business History at Management Conferences

With thanks to Andrew Smith, over at "The Past Speaks," a rundown of business history sessions at the recent Academy of Management meeting and the upcoming British Academy of Management conference:

Academy of Management
[links are to session abstracts]
Program Session 142
Historical Approaches to Management and Organization Studies: Sources and MethodsHistory & Organization Studies
Coordinator: R. Daniel Wadhwani; University of the Pacific
Facilitator: Marcelo Bucheli; U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speakers: JoAnne Yates; MIT Sloan; Steven Kahl; Dartmouth College; David A. Kirsch; University of Maryland; Michael Rowlinson; Queen Mary University of London
Program Session 225
New Tools for Old Data: Data Visualization
Organizer: James M Wilson, University of Glasgow
Program Session 855
Economics Lessons from History
Chair: John Norman Davis; Hardin Simmons University
“ 'Results of the Decade’ and Bond Rating Stability During the U.S. Great Depression" 
John Donnellan, New Jersey City University and Berry Wilson, Pace University  
“The New Deal for Management & Organization Studies: Lessons, Insights and Reflections"
Albert J. Mills, Saint Mary’s University; Terrance G. Weatherbee, Acadia University; Jason Foster, Athabasca University; Jean Helms Mills, Saint Mary’s University
“The 2008 Financial Crisis: A Historical Rethinking of a Predictable Evolutionary Disaster”
Michael G. Jacobides, London Business School
Program Session #: 1706
Learning from a Re-Examination of the Past
Chair: Matthew Sargent; California Institute of Technology
“Integrating Libertarian Paternalism into Paternalistic Leadership: H.J. Heinz as Choice Architect”
John Humphreys, Brandon Randolph-Seng, and Stephanie Pane Haden, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Milorad M. Novicevic; University of Mississippi
“Contributions of Lillian M. Gilbreth to Management Theory through the Context of Critical Biography”
Jane Whitney Gibson, Nova Southeastern University; Russell W. Clayton, Saint Leo University; Jackie W. Deem, Kaplan University; Jacqueline Einstein, Nova Southeastern University; Erin Henry, Harvard University
“Management as Fantasy: The Managerial work of Catherine Cappe and Faith Gray, 1782-1820”
Linda Perriton, University of York
“Genesis of Management Thought: Comparison between Early American & British-Indian Railroads”
K.V. Mukundhan, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
The full Academy of Management program can be found here.

British Academy of Management
Management and Business History Track
Track Chair: Kevin Tennent
WED 09:00 – 10:30
Session Chair: Kevin Tennent
“The Medellin Tram System, 1919-1950"
Juan Santiago Correa
“Management Theories and Its Application in Organisations: The Nigerian Experience”
Adeniyi Damilola Olarewaju
“The Evolution and Scaling-Up of Solar PV in Ghana, 1980-2010”
Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
WED 11:00 – 12:30
Session Chairs: Julie Bower and John Wilson
“Gendered Organizing: An Ethnohistory of Women at Work”
Smitha Sebastian, Alison Hirst, and Simon Down
“Retail Marketing Events as Tourist Attractions – Case Study Hanningtons Department Store, Brighton 1927-1936”
Susan Jane Bishop
“Entrepreneurship and Business Charisma”
Bernard Mees
“Between Organization Theory and Historical Methodology: A Possible Exit from the Theoretical Impasse for Business Historians”
Andrew Smith
WED 16:00 – 17:00
Session Chair: Bill Cooke
“Coming to Terms with the Past? Narrative, Metaphor and the Subjective Understanding of  Transition”
Mairi Maclean and Charles Harvey
“Strategies of Dominance and Tactics of Resistance: Twice Narrating the History of Music Retail”
Kevin D. Tennent and Simon Mollan
THURS 09:00 – 10:30
Session Chair: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
“The Structure of Networks: The Transformation of UK Business, 1904 – 2010”
John F. Wilson and Gerhard Schnyder
“Western Debates about Entrepreneurship in China, 1842-1914, and the Origins of the “European School” of Entrepreneurship Studies” Andrew Smith

“Speculation and Accumulation: Entrepreneurs and Their Strategies from the Medieval to the Modern Period”
Catherine Casson
THURS 14:00 – 15:30
Session Chair: Kevin Tennent
“At the Nexus of Politics, Praetorianism and Enterprise: The Fauji Business Group, Pakistan”
Ashiq Ali Jhatial, James Wallace, and Nelarine Cornelius
“Employment Tribunals: A Historical Perspective”
Jonathan David Lord and Dave Redfern
“What Was the Whitbread Umbrella Protecting? From Brewing to Coffee via Pub Retailing”
Julie Bower
The full BAM program is available here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 SHOT Meeting Preliminary Program Available

Ford's River Rouge plant, 1948, from The Henry Ford Historical Collections
The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will hold its next annual meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, on November 6-9, 2014. Registration is now open, and the preliminary program has been posted. In addition to many sessions of interest and several roundtables, the program will feature two plenary sessions. David Nye will speak at the opening plenary; a second session, organized by Bruce Seely and chaired by Rosalind Williams, will honor the late Thomas P. Hughes.
    For additional information, please consult the SHOT meeting website.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Conference: “The War on Poverty at 50”

The Social Science and Policy Forum (SSPF) at the University of Pennsylvania is holding a one-day conference on September 19, 2014, to discuss "The War on Poverty at 50: Its History and Legacy." The meeting will commence with a roundtable discussion of Michael Katz's The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty (1990), which was reissued in a second, updated edition last year.  The full program is available now on the SSPF website. Please check there for additional information about the schedule and location.
    The conference kicks off the SSPF's theme for 2014-2015, "Poverty and Opportunity."

Monday, August 4, 2014

“The Business of Slavery” Draft Program Available

The Centre for Economic and Business History and the Institute for the Study of Slavery at the University of Nottingham are holding an interdisciplinary conference on "The Business of Slavery," to take place September 17-19, 2014, at Nottingham.  According to the conference organizers,
The event aims to bring together assessments of the contributions of enslaved people to the economy of different eras and societies and from various perspectives, including the wider economy, the slave traders, the slave holders and the slaves themselves. It will compare these assessments over chronological eras and in societies around the globe, and from a wide variety of disciplines.
    The draft program for the meeting has now been posted. Registration is also open, and must be completed by August 15, 2014. For additional information, please consult the conference website.
    Questions should be addressed to Sheryllynne Haggerty, director of the Centre for Economic and Business History.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Introducing Over the Counter (OTC): Notes of Interest around the Web

In the tradition of over-the-counter stocks (those traded in a context other than a formal exchange, often because they trade at too low a price ["penny stocks"]), these occasional lists will point to news notes of interest:

Kathy Peiss of the University of Pennsylvania talks about the meanings attached to the zoot suit in the "Fashion Riot" segment about American apparel on BackStory   

The Harvard University Press blog features an article entitled "Smuggling, Rebellion, and the Origins of Global Capitalism" by Michael Kwass, author of Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (HUP, April 2014).

To commemorate the founding of the US Postal Service (July 26, 1775), Harvard libraries posted an example of postal currency from 1862.

The summer 2014 issue of the AHA's Perspectives on History, in a section devoted to the Hobby Lobby decision, contains an essay by Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University) and Ruth Bloch (UCLA): "Property v. Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Radical Break with Its Historical Treatment of Corporations."

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Wall Street Journal posted an annotated reprint of the front page of the first edition from July 8, 1889.

The most recent NEP-HIS blog post is a review by Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo of a working paper by Jeremy Atack, Matthew Steven Jaremski, and Peter Rousseau entitled "Did Railroads Make Antebellum U.S. Banks More Sound?"

As part of a larger web exhibit on Romantic and Victorian literature, the British Library has created a section called "Inventing the Future," which "explores how the technological changes initiated by the Industrial Revolution inspired 19th-century writers."

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has created a Working Paper series.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Exhibit: “Show Me the Money”

The exhibit "Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present" has opened at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, UK. The exhibit
charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States. The exhibition shows how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible nature of money and finance from the South Sea Bubble of the early eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath. . . . As well as works in an array of media, the exhibition also reveals the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts and electronic trading systems.
    This is primarily a physical exhibit, but the accompanying website has many images and a good deal of explanatory text. The exhibit will travel to other venues in the UK; please see the exhibit website for additional information. A book and an on-line video are also available. Curators are Peter Knight, Manchester University, Nicky Marsh, Southampton University, Paul Crosthwaite, Edinburgh University, and Isabella Streffen, Oxford Brookes University.