Monday, December 7, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 21

The Colonial North America Project at Harvard University "will make available to the world digitized images of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America."

From the Institute for New Economic Thinking, an interview with Lance Davis: "Do Economists Understand the Economy?"

"Ben Franklin's World" features a podcast interview with Max Edling, author of A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State, 1783-1867 (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

The New Yorker online highlighted a story on Bell Labs from a 1931 issue: "Bell Labs: The Invention Factory."

Naomi Lamoreaux has posted her recent working paper, "Beyond the Old and the New: Economic History in the United States"; several others are linked from her faculty homepage

The National Museum of American History blog has an illustrated article on shopping board games.

Slate has an article on the Lincoln Highway, and its role as a precursor to the interstate highway system of today.

Yale University's Beinecke Library has announced the digitization of the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, Jamaican planter and slaveholder.

The Atlantic has an essay on "How Railway History Shaped Internet History."

And in a photoessay that combines the Beinecke Library and The Atlantic, the latter has reproduced over two dozen high-resolution images from the Beinecke's Andrew J. Russell / Yale Collection of Western Americana, focusing on Russell's documentation of the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad

The Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer holds a conference on December 8, 2015, on "20 Years Under the Channel, and Beyond : Capital and Governance of Major Infrastructure Projects"; the program is available here.

John Turner of Queen's University Belfast has won the BAC's 2015 Wadsworth Prize for his book Banking in Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Banking Stability, 1800 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

The Centre du patrimoine in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, has recently launched a digitized Voyageur Contracts Database. The database includes data from approximately 35,900 fur trade contracts signed in front of Montreal notaries between 1714 and 1830.

On his blog, "Taming the American Idol," Lee Vinsel posted "95 Theses on Innovation," arguing for the importance of maintenance. See also the spring conference on the topic announced at Stevens Institute of Technology.

New website of interest: "Revolutionary Players," from History West Midlands. The site explores the lives of "the men and women whose ideas, innovations, industry and achievement shaped the Industrial Revolution in the English Midlands and the world beyond from 1700 to 1830."

The Houghton Library Blog published an interesting illustrated article on frost fairs on the Thames, when Londoners would take to the frozen river for travel, trade and amusement; the essay focuses specifically on "Printers on Ice."