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).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BHC 2016 Meeting Program Available

The program for the 2016 Business History Conference annual meeting, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, on March 31-April 2, has now been posted. The theme for the meeting is "Reinterpretation." The Program Committee for the 2016 meeting consists of Rowena Olegario (chair), University of Oxford; Margaret Graham (BHC president), McGill University; Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Julia Yongue, Hosei University.
   In addition to the meeting sessions, the BHC hosts a Doctoral Colloquium in advance of the meeting, as well as two pre-meeting Workshops, one on interacting with the media and one on the journey toward tenure or a permanent contract. (A related but separate paper development workshop, on "Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory and Research," will also take place.)
    For more BHC meeting information, please consult the BHC website.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Historical GIS: “Mapping American Social Movements”

A historical GIS project of interest is "Mapping American Social Movements," directed by James Gregory at the University of Washington. According to the website,
This collaborative digital project is assembling data and visualizations about dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics during the 20th century, including radical movements, labor movements, women's movements, many different civil rights movements, environmentalist movements, and more. . . . This project allows us to explore the relationships between social movements by bringing them together in time and space. It enables new understandings of how social movements interact and how they reproduce and change over time.
The project is ongoing, with plans to add new data and topics over time. Currently the project includes data on the "activist geography" of the NAACP, the Socialist Party, the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Communist Party. Future topics include the United Farm Workers (UFW), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and other civil rights movements.
    This site is just one portion of the larger Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects collection, also overseen by Professor Gregory. The ten projects "bring together more than one hundred video oral history interviews and several thousand photographs, documents, and digitized newspaper articles. Included are films, slide shows, and lesson plans for teachers. The projects also feature scores of historical essays about important issues, events, and people." In addition to "Mapping American Social Movements," other sections of particular interest include "America's Great Migrations" and "The Great Depression in Washington State."

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Over the Counter: Issue No. 22

Jeffrey Sturchio, a historian of the pharmaceutical industry, is featured in the American Historical Association's Member's Spotlight for January 14.

Also from the AHA, an essay by Amanda Ciafone on Coca Cola and its influence on Atlanta (in honor of the Association's meeting in that city)

Among the many tributes on the passing of David Bowie, one concerns his role in the market: "David Bowie: The Man Who Sold Royalties and Brought Music to Bonds," from Bloomberg Business.

And among the deluge of writing during the recent lottery excitement, a few stories focused on history: "Lottery Mania in Colonial America," from the American Numismatic Society, and "Lottery Fever: A Brief History of American Lotteries," by Diana Williams at Backstory.

The Page 99 Test published a discussion by Bruce Baker and Barbara Hahn of their recent book, The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, professor of business history and bank management at Bangor Business School, was awarded the prestigious Premio al Merito Profesional (Professional Merit Award) by the alumni association of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

The Rural Diary Archive at the University of Guelph features over 130 Ontario diarists from 1800 to 1960, with more to come; project director Catharine Wilson describes the project here.

Out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. For an explanation and more details, see the Library's blog post, "Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse."

Two programs of interest:
FEEGI (Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction) Conference (where the keynote address will be given by Philip Stern of Duke University); and "Atlantic Environments and the American South"

Carl Robert Keyes of Assumption College has introduced the Adverts250 Project, which "explores the history of advertising in eighteenth-century America. It features a daily . . . image of an advertisement published in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago that week. Brief commentary accompanies each advertisement." Occasional longer commentaries also appear.

From "La vie des idées" [in French], "Le retour de l’histoire économique?" by Guillaume Calafat and Éric Monnet

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has made available texts from FDR's Master Speech File, linked to audio files when available. The collection includes over 46,000 pages of drafts, reading copies, and transcripts created throughout FDR's political career.

Three new sites with information relevant to African American business history:
The Schomburg Center has digitized the "Negro Travelers' Green Book" series; an article about these books, which advised black American travelers about where they would be welcome, is available here. Another is posted in the Daily Beast. The University of South Carolina has also prepared a digital map of places listed in the spring 1956 edition of the Green Book.
The University of Delaware Library has launched "Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth-Century Black Organizing to Life." For examples relevant to business historians, see "Black Wealth and the 1843 National Colored Convention" and an article by Sarah Patterson based on the website in the recent issue of Common-Place, "Black Women, Black Data and Colored Conventions."
And from The Atlantic, "The Story of Wall Street's First Black Millionaire."
From Lisa Haney in The Baffler, a not entirely laudatory look at "Better Management Through Belles-Lettres," about the uses of literature in business schools.

The initial release of "American Panorama," a historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century," is now on-line; the project, at the University of Richmond, is ongoing.

Three links relating to the business of games, physical and digital:
An article on Monopoly in honor of its 80th birthday, and one on how board games taught Americans to shop, both from the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian; from Fast Company, "The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge."

Friday, January 15, 2016

New Open Access Journal: Evolutionary Studies in Business

A new peer-reviewed open access journal, the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business, has just appeared. The co-editors are Paloma Fernández Pérez and Jaume Valls-Pasola, both of the University of Barcelona, Spain. According to the editors,
The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is a new open access journal led by an international interdisciplinary team of scholars located in eight institutions from three continents who want to attract contributions that help shed light on the new questions, challenges, methodologies and realities, faced by businesses in an evolutionary perspective. The journal calls particularly for review essays that deal with new research topics about business, and provide useful overviews of the key ideas, scholars, and debates about important research topics concerning business and its environment. The strategic areas of interest for submissions from authors are: Management Challenges, Entrepreneurship, Science and Business, Creative Industries, International Business, Business History, and Latin American Businesses. JESB will also publish articles about relevant online resources that contain information of interest to academic scholars and business practitioners.
The first issue is available here. The journal will publish two issues a year. More information, including the full list of editors and editorial policies, can be found on the journal website.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Special JEH Section on “The Future of Economic History”

The December 2015 issue of the Journal of Economic History has a special essay section on "The Future of Economic History," all of which is currently freely available. The section is a result of a session at the 2015 Economic History Association meeting, celebrating the organization's 75th anniversary. The essays are:
William J. Collins, "Looking Forward: Positive and Normative Views of Economic History"
Kris James Mitchener, "The 4D Future of Economic History: Digitally-Driven Data Design"
Ran Abramitzky, "Economics and the Modern Economic Historian"
Naomi Lamoreaux, "The Future of Economic History Must Be Interdisciplinary"

Monday, January 11, 2016

CFP Deadline Extended: “Traffic, Territory, Citizenship”

The Binghamton University Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is sponsoring a two-day symposium on "Traffic, Territory, Citizenship: Framing the Circulation of People and Goods between Asia and the Americas in the Long 19th Century." Organized by John Cheng, assistant professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, and Dael Norwood, assistant professor of history, the meeting will be held on April 15-16, 2016 at Binghamton University's Downtown Center.
     According to the organizers,
Most discussions about the Americas and Asia focus on trans-Pacific trade and migration, overlooking other circuits of movement and connection. We seek, instead, to bring scholars of the Americas into conversation with scholars of South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia to consider global diasporas from each region in the context of labor migration, capitalism, and the emergence of both territorial empires and settler colonial nation-states in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Open to any discipline, the symposium will combine sessions organized around questions drawn from participants’ research with presentations on primary sources. In addition to discussion and feedback on their research, participants will also collectively produce a digitally annotated bibliography of relevant scholarship and a digital archive of primary sources – both to be published online as an integrated exhibit to spur future research and support teaching on the symposium’s themes. More details about the symposium may be found on the meeting website.
    Proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum), a description of the proposed primary source for the digital archive, and a brief (one-page) biography or CV. Proposals need not be for full papers; the organizers are looking to start new conversations, so prospective or early work is welcome.
   Please send proposals via e-mail to by January 31, 2016.

Friday, January 8, 2016

CFP: WSBI-ESBG Workshop on “Savings in a World without Interest”

The WSBI (World Savings and Retail Banking Institute) and the ESBG (European Savings and Retail Banking Group) will hold their 2016 Financial History Workshop on Friday, May 27 in Brussels, Belgium. The theme is "Savings in a World without Interest." The workshop is designed to provide a forum for extensive discussion on new and innovative research covering the history of savings and retail banks as well as savings in general. According to the organizers,
Today, the savings and retail banks are facing a challenging economic and financial environment, marked by low interest rates, increased volatility, and new economic and demographic risks. The 2016 Financial History Workshop will focus attention on the impact of low interest rates on the savings behavior and its influence on the savings & retail banks throughout history.  Proposals dealing with any of these aspects, regardless of country or period in time are welcome. 
Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a three- to five-page summary of the proposed paper by email to Submissions must be received by February 29, 2016. Questions may be addressed to Nancy Lockkamper, WSBI-ESBG, at Please also see the complete call for papers for additional details.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CFP: “Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory and Research”

A paper development workshop (PDW) on "Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory and Research" will take place on March 31, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland. The workshop will take place immediately before the BHC annual meeting and at the same location but is managed separately. Participation in both the BHC meeting and the workshop is possible.
    According to the organizers,
The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on work-in-progress related to historical approaches to entrepreneurship and strategy, broadly construed. Our aim is support the development of historical research on entrepreneurship for publication in leading journals, including for the special issue of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. In addition to providing feedback and suggestions for specific topics, the workshop will address the commonly faced challenges of writing for a double audience of historians and entrepreneurship/management scholars, engaging entrepreneurship theory and constructs, and identifying the most valuable historical sources and methods in studying entrepreneurial phenomena. 
Work-in-progress at all stages of development is welcome. Interested scholars may submit two types of submissions for discussion: full research papers (8,000 to 12,000 words) or paper ideas (1,000 to 3,000 words).  Those interested in participating should submit an initial abstract of max. 300 words and a one-page CV by January 22, 2016, to David Kirsch (, Christina Lubinski ( or Dan Wadhwani ( Invitations will be sent out before February 1, 2016. Full paper (8,000 to 12,000 words) and paper idea (1,000 to 3,000 words) submissions will be expected by March 11, 2015. Please feel free to contact the organizers with paper ideas to receive early feedback or to inquire about the fit of an idea with this PDW.
      For more information about the broader project of which the Workshop is a part, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, January 4, 2016

CFP: “Evolution of the Retail Trade in the 20th Century”

In September 2015, a workshop on the evolution of the retail trade in the 20th century was held with success in Paris. A second round of this workshop will be held on September 22-23, 2016, in Uppsala, Sweden, organized by Fredrik Sandgren, Uppsala University, and Tristan Jacques, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. The call for papers states:
At a time of swift change and modernisation in retail sectors across the globe, examining long-term patterns and the drivers of retail change in the last century seems to be very relevant. However, historical studies are still a work in progress and further advances are required. The diffusion of self-service, the growth of discount stores or the availability of access to consumer credit have, for example, been topics somewhat neglected by historians. . . .  Although we will primarily focus on historical perspectives, the study of retail industries is naturally inclined toward an inter-disciplinary approach. We thus encourage contributions from sociologists, jurists, economists, geographers and political scientists. Moreover, no regional boundaries are imposed and papers on other regions than Europe are welcomed. We also encourage any kind of transnational comparisons. Lastly, any work peripheral to retail studies, such as investigations on wholesale, logistics, marketing, advertising or consumerism are also of interest. 
For a fuller explanation of the possibilities, please see the full call for papers.
     Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and accommodations for Thursday night will be met by the organizers. Participants must fund their own transportation costs. It is hoped that all contributions to the workshop will be published in a collected volume or a special edition. Those interested in participating should send a proposal (1 page max.) and a brief c.v. by February 19, 2016, to Tristan Jacques,, and Fredrik Sandgren,

Friday, January 1, 2016

CFP: Cliometric Society Conference 2016

The annual Cliometric Society Conference in 2016 will be held May 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the National Science Foundation.
     The conference is designed to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in economic history. Applications to present papers or to attend the conference are welcome from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty in economic history as well as distinguished faculty in other fields who have research interests in economic history.
     Typically, twelve papers are selected for presentation and discussion and sent out to all conference participants in advance. All participants are required to have read all papers and to attend the entire conference. At least one author must be a member of the Cliometric Society (for membership information contact Michael Haupert at The conference pays most hotel and flight expenses for graduate students and heavily subsidizes hotel and flight expenses for faculty and researchers.
    The deadline to submit a paper proposal or a request to attend the conference is January 22, 2016. Those wishing to present a paper should provide an abstract and a 3-5 page summary of the proposed paper. In choosing papers and participants, the host committee will assign priority to those who have not attended recently or who have never attended. Graduate students wishing to attend or submit a paper proposal must obtain a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor.
     Applicants are strongly urged to submit their materials via the web at: Those unable to submit via the web should email to arrange alternative submission routes. For complete information, please consult the call for papers. Questions should be addressed to the conference administrator, Byron Yee, at