“Imagination is essential to re-creation of the past, and it is re-creation at which the historical artist aims… [a good history] shows us the workings of the human heart.” (From “The Old History and the New,” Allan Nevins on History).

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New technologies and research

It’s well known in the history of science, technology and engineering that major new discoveries are quite often preceded by the development of new tools and techniques.

Although historians rarely consider this point in their own work, most would concede that the advent of microfilm and xerography in the 1960s and 70s facilitated all kinds of historical research.

Today’s digital archives, introduced in the past five to 10 years, are even more revolutionary. These include ProQuest, Google Archives, The US Library of Congress many photo and newspaper sites (including  Chronicling America), Cornell University’s magazine history site ( Making of America  ) and  the National Library of Australia’s Trove site, among many others.

There  are  windows into the past open now that were unimaginable only a few decades ago.  We could expect, therefore, all kinds of new historical discoveries based on these new techniques.

Invitation to students and scholars 

Given that there is a good deal of new insight on the horizon, we would invite students and scholars to submit links to their work online so that it could be shared with others.