Friday, October 12, 2018

Approaching Deadline: Nominations for 2019 BHC Book Prizes

The Hagley Prize in Business History is awarded annually to the best book in business history, broadly defined. The prize committee encourages the submission of books from all methodological perspectives. It is particularly interested in innovative studies that have the potential to expand the boundaries of the discipline. Scholars, publishers, and other interested parties may submit nominations. Eligible books can have either an American or an international focus. They must be written in English and be published during the two years (2017 or 2018 copyright) prior to the award.
    The Ralph Gomory Prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. A prize of $5,000 is awarded annually for a book published in the two years prior to the year of the award (2017 and 2018). Book nominations are accepted from publishers.
     For either award, four copies of the book must accompany a nomination and be submitted to the prize coordinator, Carol Ressler Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington DE 19807-0630. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2018. The prizes will be presented at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, in March 2019.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CFP: Economic and Business History Society 2019

The 44th Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held on June 5-8, 2019, at the Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. The general theme is "Manufacturing and the City"; however, individual proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic, social, or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates are also welcome. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2019. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website at, or by email to
      Questions about the meeting or organization can be directed to program chair Jeremy Land ( or EBHS 2019 President John Moore ( Please consult the complete call for papers for more details. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Digital Resources: The BHC Website

For those of you not familiar with the BHC website, or who check it only for annual meeting updates, we'd like to remind you of some of the content available.
  • Since taking over in 2015 as editor for teaching and research resources on the website, Michael Aldous has produced several valuable conversations with business historians, from Geoff Jones on business history and emerging markets, to Sharon Murphy on the case method, to technology in the classroom with Chinmay Tumbe.
  • The book bibliographies published here at seasonal intervals are collected on the BHC website under "Books of Interest."
  • The full text of nearly all articles (1962-1999) published in the print editions of Business and Economic History is available on the site, as is the text of articles in the natively online version, BEH On-Line.
  • Detailed information about past annual meetings can be found linked from our main Annual Meetings page. Previous programs, including a complete set, 2000-2018, are archived on the BHC site, as are the abstracts from each year. Presidential addresses are also linked from here; those published in Enterprise and Society require a membership login or subscription for access; those published in Business and Economic History are freely available.
  • The website also contains a number of major resource sections: web resources, syllabi, and bibliographies pertaining to the three informal interest groups that the BHC administers: Business Historians at Business Schools, Women in Business History, and Emerging Scholars. Self-selecting membership lists are maintained for each of the groups, where members can provide information about their areas of expertise.
  • Finally, current and historical governance information--committee members, trustees, editorial staff, and past presidents--can be found.
      All of this information is freely available to anyone accessing the website. In addition, there are features available only to BHC members. Perhaps the two most valuable are listings in the "Expertise Database" and direct access to the BHC's journal, Enterprise and Society. Members may also post announcements and add syllabi to the website.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Digital Resource: Irish Immigration Project

"Moving Beyond 'Rags to Riches' " is a website that aims to "use digital history to uncover the lost stories of New York's Irish Famine immigrants." The project was initiated by Tyler Anbinder, who enlisted Simone Wegge and Cormac Ó Gráda for their expertise. According to the site creators,
We created this site to give students, scholars, and anyone interested in history access to more than 1,000 original documents chronicling the lives of New York’s pre-Civil War immigrant community. Our work focuses in particular on the “Famine Irish” who came to New York by the tens of thousands annually in the late 1840s and early 1850s. . . . We’ve chosen about 400 of these immigrants—representing a cross-section of the Irish immigrant experience—and gathered documents (including census records, ship manifests, news accounts, and even their bank records) to allow you to understand how they survived and, in many cases, ultimately thrived in America.
In addition to the dataset, which is organized under various subjects, there are maps, photos, and historical prints. Sections are arranged for educators, researchers, and students at various levels.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CFP: EBHA 2019

The European Business History Association (EBHA) will hold its 2019 annual congress at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on August 29-31.The theme will be "The Business History of Creativity." According to the call for papers,
This congress focusses on creativity in business history and aims to analyse the evolution of the creative industries, including art markets, film, fashion, radio, television, music, design, theatre, tourism and video games. Not only does creativity matter to its namesake industries, but also to most other sectors of national and international economies. It forms the basis of innovation and firm competitiveness. The creative industries are based on creativity, skills, and talent, and the potential for wealth and job creation through the development of intellectual property. Nevertheless, these industries, their firms and their entrepreneurs are under-researched topics in business history.
For an extended discussion of the conference theme and submission guidelines, please see the full call for papers. The deadline for all proposals is January 31, 2019.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Digital Resource: Directory of Business Archives in German-Speaking Countries

The Wirtschaftsarchiv-portal (WAP) is an online directory of business archives in German-speaking countries, thus presenting German, Austrian, and Swiss business archives together. The portal provides contact details for company and business archives and an overview of their historical sources. Although the site is in German, searches are easy with a basic vocabulary. And if one knows the name of the archives, the directory provides a quick way to find a basic description of the institution's holdings and contact information.
     The WAP is supported by the Society for Business History (Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte), the Association of German Business Archivists (Vereinigung deutscher Wirtschaftsarchivare), and the Institute for Bank-Historical Research (Institut für bankhistorische Forschung).