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  • Monday, September 23, 2019 7:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Application Guidelines for the




    Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent of the concept of the independent researcher-writer in the field of photohistory. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won the Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Professor Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, wrote, “He (Peter) established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever.” Established by Peter’s lifetime companion, Pam Mendelsohn, this fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900.


    A small panel of outside consultants with professional expertise in the field of photohistory and/or grant reviewing will review the applications in order to determine the awards. Applications will be judged on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the significance of the project to the field of photographic history. Each recipient of the award will agree to donate upon completion of the project a copy of the resulting work (i.e., published book, unpublished report, thesis, etc.) to the Humboldt Area Foundation to submit to the Peter Palmquist Archive at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a report to Humboldt Area Foundation at the end of the grant period. We ask that award recipients acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Palmquist Memorial Fund in publications or other work products supported by that fund.


    Past recipients and their projects are featured at


    RANGE OF AWARDS: $500 - $1,500



    Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields are eligible to apply.



    Download the application at by clicking the “Application” link at the top right of the page or following this link.


    Completed applications must be postmarked by: November 1, 2019 by 5:00 pm, and submitted to:


    Humboldt Area Foundation • 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524

    Or via email:

    Award Recipients will be notified by January 15, 2020

    For more information contact:

    Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers for the 63rd annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 12-14, 2020. 

    We are happy to announce a number of significant changes for this year’s conference—including most notably an exciting new venue—and urge you to consult the CFP for more details.  This year’s theme is “Constitutionalism and the American Presidency” but, as always, papers and panels in all historical subfields are welcome.  Please spread the word among your students, colleagues, and friends. 

    Proposals for individual papers or panels must be submitted by November 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 Program.  Please feel free to contact me with questions at (note the new email address for conference-related communication).  Registration and additional information on lodging and programming will be available online in the coming months via the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s History Department website.  All accepted papers/panels will receive an email notification once approved for the program.  As in the past, the Missouri Valley History Conference is also host to the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference and Society for Military History conference. See the CFP for additional contact information regarding those events.

    Thanks for your time and interest.  We look forward to seeing you in Omaha next spring.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply now! The Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin is hiring a scholar at the beginning or advanced Assistant Professor level for a full-time tenure-track position with specialization in any area of the history of Texas and/or the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, the contiguous area on either side of the current border between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), tenure-track, 9-month position as Assistant Professor of Latinx History after 1900, with a specialization in public history. Secondary specializations may include the history of the Pacific Northwest, labor, agriculture, public health, or immigration. Successful applicants will have formal training and experience in aspects of public history such as community and local history, museum studies, historic preservation, digital history, and/or oral history. Please see the full advertisement at:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CWWH will be offering its $500 WHA graduate student travel grant again this year (deadline Sept 20). please spread the word widely!

    The grant of $500 may be used for travel, registration, and lodging in Las Vegas. The recipient will also receive a ticket to the CWWH Breakfast, where s/he/ze will receive the award. Please send your application and a letter of reference is requested to be sent directly to Cathleen Cahill via email at

    Application Form: Please send your application as a Word or PDF document to with “CWWH Grant Competition” in the subject line.

    In your application please include a cover page with the following information:

    Full Name: Affiliation and year in program: 

    Address, phone number, and email address: 

    Are you registered for the 2019 WHA Conference:

    Please attach to the cover page the following:

    In 250 words (one page, double spaced) or less, please describe how your research engages analyses of gender and/or reflects your commitment to advancing the scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality in the North American West.

    Please submit to

    Letter of recommendation Please ask your advisor or a faculty member who knows your work to provide a letter of recommendation that addresses that ways in which your research engages analyses of gender and/or reflects your commitment to the history of women and gender in the American West and send it directly by email by Sept 20th.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Graduate Students: don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for the 2019 Grad Student Workshop at #WHA2019. Email by 9/16/19 to secure your spot. See the attached documents for more details. Participants receive $200.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Abstracts: "XV Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage: Histories and Cultures of Latinas: Suffrage, Activism, and Women's Rights." The conference will be February 20-22, 2020 in Downtown Houston. Submit your 250-word abstract and CV to by 8/31/19.

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Utah Division of State History is pleased to be hosting the 2019 Utah Gravestone Preservation Workshop from August 26 to August 28, 2019 at the Salt Lake City Cemetery and Glenwood Cemetery. Space is limited and registration is required.

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Autry Museum of the American West will be accepting applications online for two curator positions at until early October, 2019. Apply for the Curator of Western History today!

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Autry Museum of the American West will be accepting applications online for two curator positions at until early October, 2019. Apply for the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture today!

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