The Arc of Presidential Libraries

Paul Musgrave, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, has published an op-ed on problems with the Presidential library system in the US, and how the current (outgoing) President could exploit it to his usual ends. The essay is a fine complement to Jill Lepore's New Yorker piece on the transition politics … Continue reading The Arc of Presidential Libraries

That They Can Gain in Judgments

The writer and historian Jill Lepore has penned a great piece in the 23 November 2020 issue of the New Yorker (posted online 16 November). Her focus, in "Will Trump Burn the Evidence?", is the politics of historical records and archives. It's a great, topical essay that captures some of the anxiety about how the … Continue reading That They Can Gain in Judgments

Left in folders next to the trivial and the mundane

Trawl industry news or employment classifieds (pick your preferred sector) using keywords like "research" and "information", and you might find yourself thinking that the sum total of reality is digital, too big for mere human minds to process, and that making sense of it is best left to machines and software. It's a world in … Continue reading Left in folders next to the trivial and the mundane

Professional blogging and historians

I don't mean blogging for a living. I mean professionals who blog in a way that reflects or showcases their professional activities. One of my favorites is Andrew Lewis's The Past Sure is Tense. Andrew is a trained historian with a PhD from Queen Mary's, who plies his trade as a consultant specialising in historical … Continue reading Professional blogging and historians