Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review Editor Needed for Enterprise & Society

Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, which is published for the Business History Conference by Cambridge University Press, is looking for a book review editor to replace Richard Weiner who will step down in June 2017. The book review editor works closely with the editor of the journal, Andrew Popp, and serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal.
    From its foundation, the journal's book review section has been distinguished not only by the quality of its reviews but also by the range of books that it has covered. The ideal candidate for the position will carry on and extend this tradition. S/he will be someone with broad intellectual interests and multiple networks in the field of business history and related fields. S/he will have strong administrative and organizational skills. It should be noted, however, that much of the administration of the book review process is conducted electronically. As a result, the journal uses a comprehensive submission and editing server, Scholar One, which allows the book review editor to invite, receive, and edit reviews online and automates the creation of reminders for reviewers. Based on the experience of previous book review editors, the new editor will require approximately 20 hours of time (or a graduate student's time) per month to request books, log those received, and ship them to reviewers. The position includes a modest honorarium and budget.
     To be considered for the position of book review editor, please send a cover letter, which outlines your interest and aptitude for the job, together with a curriculum vitae to Louis Hyman, Chair, Print Media Oversight Committee of the Business History Conference, at
     All applications must be received by July 1, 2017. Potential applicants interested in learning more are welcome to contact either Roger Horowitz, BHC Secretary-Treasurer at or Carol Lockman, Enterprise & Society Managing Editor, at

Monday, May 29, 2017

CFP: Economic History Society 2018

The 2018 meeting of the Economic History Society will be held at Keele University, on April 6-8. According to the call for papers:
The conference programme committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries and, particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. Scholars are not expected to present a paper in more than one session (including as a co-author) and, when slots are limited, priority will be given to those who did not present at the previous year's conference. The committee invites proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions of 1.5-2 hours duration (no more than 4 papers will be accepted for any one session). Please note that the committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in the session if it is accepted. If a session is not accepted, the committee may incorporate one or more of the proposed papers into other panels.
Proposals should be submitted online via the link on the call for papers website. For full consideration, proposals must be received by September 4, 2017.
      Those currently studying for, or who have recently completed, a Ph.D. should submit a proposal to the new researcher session. Please contact Maureen Galbraith for further information. The meeting will also include a poster session; see the EHS conference website for complete details.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Books of Interest: Spring Edition

New books of interest, April-June 2017:
Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson, eds., Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism (University of Illinois Press, April 2017)

Courtney Fullilove, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Charles R. Geisst, Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending (Brookings Institution Press, April 2017)

David Higgins and Steven Toms, eds., British Cotton Textiles: Maturity and Decline (Routledge, May 2017)

Jane Hooper, Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800 (Ohio University Press, May 2017)

Julian Hoppit, Britain's Political Economies: Parliament and Economic Life, 1660–1800 (Cambridge University Press, June 2017)

Katherine Rye Jewell, Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, April 2017)

Geoffrey Jones, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, June 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, eds., Corporations and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, May 2017)

Yasuhiro Makimura, Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843–1893 (Lexington Books, June 2017)

Kenda Mutongi, Matatu: A History of Private Transportation in Nairobi (University of Chicago Press, June 2017)

Mark W. Robbins, Middle Class Union: Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America (University of Michigan Press, May 2017)

Sarah F. Rose, No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s–1930s (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017)

Kathleen Waters Sander, John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)

Nina Sankovich, The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family (St. Martin's Press, April 2017)

Joshua Schreier, The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire (Stanford University Press, May 2017)

Steven Carl Smith, An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic (Penn State University Press, June 2017)

Edith Sparks, Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, June 2017)

Leslie Tomory, The History of the London Water Industry, 1580-1820 (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HBS Business History Fellowships Application Process Open

Harvard Business School invites applications for its business history fellowships and grants for 2018-2019; please note the specific deadlines for each grant.

The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School.
    Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 16, 2017. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters. Applications should be received no later than October 16, 2017, and submitted online to: Recommenders should use:

Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty. The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment.
     Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via email to Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research. Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group.
      Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via e-mail to Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
     To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2017. All materials should be sent to Walter Friedman via e-mail to
For more information about all these grants, please visit the HBS Fellowships website:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Conference Program: OIEAHC 2017

The 23rd annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will convene June 15-17, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted by the Department of History at the University of Michigan. The conference’s theme will be “Taking Stock.” The program for the meeting has now been posted.
    Sessions of particular interest include
No. 3, "Everyday Economies," chaired by Christine Desan with commentary by Lindsey Regele
No. 11, "Roundtable on the Moral Economy of Antislavery: Human Bondage and Economic Development in the Anglophone Atlantic"
No. 19, "Centering Jamaica: New Directions in the Histories of Gender, Violence, and Illicit Trade"
Several other sessions feature individual papers of interest on related topics such as slavery, gender, and empire.
      In addition to panels and roundtables, the conference will feature a THis Camp on podcasting with Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin's World and Doing History, and a tutorial on how to write op-ed pieces with Aeons Sam Haselby.
    Complete information can be found on the Institute's conference website.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Items of Interest from around the Web

Lots of business history material out there recently; a sampling:
JoAnne Yates and her work on business communications featured prominently in a Washington Post article related to the Comey memoranda stories. That piece was followed by a supportive pair of tweets from Paul Krugman, here and here, where he notes, "Her work on the history of business communication is, by the way, fascinating and revelatory."

The NEP-HIS blog has a review by Adrian E. Tschoegl of Catherine Schenk's recent BHR article, "Rogue Trading at Lloyds Bank International, 1974: Operational Risk in Volatile Markets." [Limited time free access to the BHR article here.]

Geoff Jones has written an essay for the Oxford University Press blog on "Can green entrepreneurs save our planet?" based on his forthcoming book, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship.

Wrigley's ad, 1941
The "JSTOR Daily" used an Enterprise & Society article by Daniel Robinson, "Marketing Gum, Making Meanings: Wrigley in North America, 1890-1930," as the basis for its May 11 post, "How Wrigley Chewed Its Way to Gum Greatness."

Sharon Ann Murphy has a post on the SHEAR blog, "The Republic," about "How Banking Worked in the Early Republic."
    And over on another SHEAR web project, "The Panorama," readers will find several articles of interest, including newer posts about teaching the history of capitalism and the early republic and entangled economies.

Joseph Malherek discusses his work in "Creating Circumstances: Edward Bernays, Psychoanalysis, and the Making of American Consumer Culture" on the AHA blog, "AHA Today."

Readers can view Benjamin Waterhouse discussing his latest book, Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States, on C-Span's "The Book."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Resource: Global Urban History Project

Detail from postcard of Manila's international Escolta district, early 20th c.
Several times in the past, we have posted links to materials on the Global Urban History Blog, which offers short articles, book reviews, and conversations relevant to field of global urban history. The scholars who manage that blog have joined with others to launch the "Global Urban History Project" (GUHP), "a meeting place for scholars interested in exploring the crossroads of urban history and global history." According to the new GUHP website,
The Project was formed by merging several already existing networks of scholars from a wide range of associations and from many parts of the world. . . . The GUHP is based on a broad understanding of global urban history as encompassing any effort to think of cities as creations or creators of larger-scale or global historical phenomena. It celebrates the fact that scholars approach the intersection of urban and global history from different directions. Some travel along “transnational turns” in various subfields. Others draw on the concept of networks, looking at urban connections across oceans, between colony and metropole, or along trade routes and supply chains. Others see cities as incubators of historical change with potentially global ramifications or think of cities in relation to their variably-sized hinterlands. Some scholars aim mostly to compare different places. Some projects focus on a single “hub” city, others on two or more cities, still others on cities across an entire regions or empires; and still others aim to synthesize larger world-historical narratives. In short, global urban history, as understood in the GUHP, can comprise a variety of geographical scopes and theoretical inspirations.
The group is encouraging interested scholars to join the organization, which initially will have no membership fee.
     The GUHP organizers are Mariana Dantas, Ohio University, Michael Goebel, Freie Universität Berlin, Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews, Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego, Tracy Neumann, Wayne State University, Carl Nightingale, University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Joseph Ben Prestel, Freie Universität Berli. More information can be found on the GUHP website.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Workshop: FRESH Meets in Belfast in June

On June 23, 2017, Queen's University Centre for Economic History, Queen's University Belfast, will host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) meeting. FRESH meetings are aimed at researchers in any field of economic and social history and build on the concept that scholars present their ongoing research at an early stage--normally before it becomes available as a working paper, and certainly before it is published in books or journals. The main aim of the meetings is to gather researchers in a friendly and collegial environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers. The broad theme of the Belfast meeting is “Institutions, Capitalism and Economic History.” The keynote speaker will be Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Oxford.
     For further information about the Belfast FRESH meeting, please contact the local organizers: Graham Brownlow (, Alan de Bromhead (, and Chris Colvin (

Friday, May 12, 2017

Conference Program: ABH 2017

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) is meeting at the University of Glasgow on June 29-July 1, 2017; the theme for the conference is "The Human Factor in Business History." The program has now been posted. Among sessions of particular interest are one organized by Jeff Fear, Catherine Schenk, and Andrea Schneider in honor of Chris Kobrak, featuring Schenk's paper on "Rhenish Capitalism and Globalisation: Deutsche Bank in London and New York 1989-1999," and a plenary on "The Professionalisation of Business History."
    Registration and venue details are available on the ABH website. Note that early bird registration ends on May 21, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Historical GIS Project: "Montréal l'avenir du passé" Adds Data

Detail of watercolor by James Duncan, "Montreal in 1832," McCord Museum
Montréal, l’avenir du passé (MAP) is Canada’s oldest and largest historical GIS. The project team has been working on a new phase, which will be available for use in the coming month. In anticipation of that release, one of the project's leaders, Robert C. H. Sweeney, has written an essay for NICHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment), explaining the enhancements to the site:
This exceptionally rich resource consists of four distinct elements: a new cartography of all properties in the city in 1903, detailing who owned what; an index of all household heads in the 1901 census linked to this map at the lot level; a 30% sample of the complete manuscript census returns of the city’s households; and a geo-referenced vector map of all 101,353 buildings in the city in 1912. These research tools for understanding Edwardian Montréal build on MAP’s earlier layers for 1880, 1846 and 1825, which are available online.
 In detailing the work of the MAP group, Sweeney also discusses examples of questions that the data might be used to answer; for example: "Imagine if you could examine the entire real estate portfolio for any proprietor in a large city linked to detailed household descriptions of up to a third of his or her tenants. Imagine if when you did, you discovered that women owned a quarter of all rental units in the largest city in turn-of-the-century Canada and that they appear to have managed these properties differently. Wouldn’t that change how you think about gender relations in the past?"

Monday, May 8, 2017

CHARM 2017 Program Now Posted

The Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing (CHARM) is holding its biennial meeting in Liverpool, UK, at Liverpool John Moores University on June 1-4, 2017. The theme for this year's meeting is "Explorations in Globalization and Glocalization: Marketing History Through the Ages." The program for the event has now been posted on the CHARM website. Registration and accommodations information can be found on the meeting website. The CHARM meeting is preceded by a doctoral workshop; the program and more information about that can be found on the meeting website as well.
     Questions may be addressed to Jacqueline Wachholz.

Friday, May 5, 2017

CFP: Business History Issue on Health Industries

The journal Business History has published a call for submissions for a special issue on "Health Industries in the Twentieth Century." According to the guest editors, Pierre-Yves Donzé and Paloma Fernández Pérez,
the objective of this special issue is to contribute with a longitudinal, business history approach, to the analysis and understanding about the construction of health industries and services throughout the world since the 1900s. This volume will illustrate the role of path dependence and the diversity of models followed in different countries by which health was transformed, from local services, into a fast-growing business. Second, the articles to be included in the special issue will also emphasize the impact of the diverse institutional frameworks that contributed to define national health systems. Third, this special issue aims to shed new light about the emergence of new therapeutic agents and new frames of care and culture, and the influence of new actors and changing organizations.
Articles for consideration should be submitted by May 31, 2017, via the online system at the journal website. For a more detailed discussion of the aims of the issue, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Digital Resource: Pre-1870 U.S. Copyright Records

Legal scholar Zvi S. Rosen, in cooperation with the Law Library at George Washington University, has tracked down and coordinated the scanning of hundreds of pre-1870 U.S. copyright records. The GW Law Library is hosting the materials and has created a research guide.
     Until mid-1870, copyright registration duties were handled by the local U.S. District Court of the author or proprietor, while the work itself was deposited in various places; in 1870, all copyright activities were consolidated in the Library of Congress. At that point the early records were supposed to be transmitted to the Library of Congress, but, as Rosen writes, "it’s been fairly well-known that a substantial number of records never made it to the Library, and these records have generally been assumed lost." Rosen describes his interest and the process he followed in unearthing many of the pre-1870 records, on his blog, "Mostly IP [Intellectual Property] History."
     The bulk of the copyright records that were turned over to the LoC in 1870 are available on microfilm in the LoC Rare Books Reading Room. They have not been digitized, and Rosen estimates they comprise about 300,000 pages.
    Update: And coincidentally, this today from the LoC blog, on more early copyright records.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Program Available: EBHS 2017

The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will hold its 42nd annual meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 25-27, 2017. The preliminary program has now been posted on the conference website. The keynote address, to be delivered at the EBHS banquet on May 26, will be presented by Price Fishback, Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. His topic will be "The Latest News about the New Deal."
    Details concerning registration and accommodations for the meeting are posted on the EBHS website.