The New York Public Library has twenty-two issues of the Green Book digitized. The purpose of this book is explained in this image taken from the 1957 edition. For more historical background on this attempt to make possibly life-saving local knowledge available to African American travelers, see Jacinda Townsend, "How the Green Book Helped African-American … Continue reading Sources: The Green Book
Some Examples and a Call for Papers (Deadline: July 15, 2017) Manuals and handbooks are widely disseminated tools in the production and circulation of knowledge, used not only in education, science, and technology, but also in broader social and cultural contexts, such as the arts, religion, business, and politics. Undertaking to present a concise body … Continue reading Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge
Following up on Mischa Honeck's interesting post, "Innocent Ignorance: Whitewashing an Empire with the Boy Scouts of America," which includes a link to a 1914 Boy Scout Handbook, we have found a year's worth of Boys' Life from 1915 at the Internet Archive. This official BSA magazine contains stories, Scouting news, advice, photographs, advertisements, and … Continue reading Boys’ Life
Film from 1960 about the role of women in the consumer product development research process at Corning Glass Works. As highly gendered and white as Mad Men, but less glamorous. Runtime: 13:32.
On this May Day, it is interesting to read a Progressive Era speech by Florence Kelley from December 1905 entitled “The Federal Government and the Working Children.”1 Kelley was arguing for a federal solution to the dearth of accurate and timely data about child labor in the United States. The industrial and agricultural interests that … Continue reading Sources: Child Labor in the United States
The handwriting on this fascinating image taken inside the British Museum Library, ca. 1906, reads, “More than forty miles of shelves, two millions of books, and ‘of the making … is no end.’” The accompanying summary at the Library of Congress appears to get something wrong, however: “Photograph shows the book stacks in the reading … Continue reading ‘More than forty miles of shelves’
This vocational film is interesting in a few different ways, including for its normative gender roles. Source and further details: Prelinger Archives, Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/Libraria1947
Here are the ten photographs from which the current selection of randomized header images on this blog were drawn. All of these images are housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. What do these photographs have to do with the history of knowledge? What stories do they tell? What questions do they raise?