Friday, June 15, 2018

Over the Counter, No. 41

News of interest from around the web:

On BackStory radio, a new program on "The Shock of the New: The Legacy of the 1893 World's Fair" in Chicago; among those interviewed: Bernard Carlson and Robert Rydell.

Sharon Murphy can be heard discussing her current research on slavery and banking on Rhode Island Public Radio.

A short interview with Harry Stout about his book, American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism, with John Fea on his blog, "The Way of Improvement Leads Home."

The Business History Review is offering free access to a collection of "Editors' Picks" articles.

Interesting online exhibition at the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota: "Trade and Commerce in 17th-Century England: Proclamations." 

Tiffany Gill, associate professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware, has been named the school's inaugural Cochran Scholar.

At this spring's OAH meeting, a number of prizes were awarded for works of interest to business historians:
Courtney Fullilove received an honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award (for a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history) for The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture;
Richard White won the Ellis W. Hawley Prize (for the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present) for The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865–1896;
Alexandra J. Finley was awarded the Lerner-Scott Prize (for for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history) for "Blood Money: Sex, Family, and Finance in the Antebellum Slave Trade";
Robert Lee received the Binkley-Stephenson Award (for the best article that appeared in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year) for "Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country" (March 2017);
Katherine Carper was awarded the John Higham Research Fellowship (for graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a Ph.D. in American history) for her study of "The Business of Migration, 1830–1880."
In other prize news, Eli Cook has been awarded the Society for U.S. Intellectual History's 2017 prize for the best book in the field for his The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life.

The Library of Congress has announced the digitization of the Woodrow Wilson Papers (the press release; the papers themselves are here). The LOC has recently digitized several other important collections, including the papers of U.S. presidents James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James K. Polk, and the papers of Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

For BBC radio, The Economist's Soumaya Keynes shares experiences with Harvard's Claudia Goldin about women in the economics profession.

A number of conference programs have items of interest:
  • The 24th annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), which marks the Institute's 75th anniversary, is taking place in Williamsburg, Virginia, on June 14-17, 2018. The program, now available on the conference website, contains several sessions of interest, particularly session 36, a roundtable on "Approaching the History of American Capitalism from Early America," moderated by Emma Hart with discussion by Cathy Matson, Margaret Newell, Christopher Tomlins, and Simon Middleton.
  • The Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law, & Society at the Seattle University School of Law held its annual symposium on May 17-18, 2018. Berle X, celebrating a decade of such meetings, focused specifically on aspects of Berle's works and the world in which his work was developed. The program, available online, includes papers by Eric Hilt, Frank Partnoy, Andrew Smith, Jason Russell, and Kevin Tennent, and Jesse Tarbart.
  • The Institute for Historical Research is hosting a one-day conference on "Negotiating Networks," focusing on networks in social and economic history, on June 25, 2018; the program is here
  • A conference on "Women, Money, and Markets (1700-1900)" was held at the University of Amsterdam on June  7-8, 2018; the program is here.
  • The Canadian Historical Society 2018 annual meeting was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, on May 28-30; the program is available here.
The Cambridge Group for the History of  Population and Social Structure has a new website, "Populations Past," an online interactive atlas of Victorian and Edwardian population.

A recent post on "O Say Can You See?" (the blog of the National Museum of American History), examines Alexander Hamilton and the lace industry in Ipswich, Massachusetts. For other business history posts on this blog, see here.