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February 2005

Dear Colleague--

Will you be attending the upcoming annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in San Francisco, March 31-April 3? If so, we'd like to alert you to activities there involving the website, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. We hope to see you at the meeting and discuss recent website developments with you.

In particular we hope you will attend the luncheon sponsored by our publishing partner, Alexander Street Press, on Saturday, April 2 at 11:15-12:45. At that occasion, Kitty Sklar, Tom Dublin and Stephen Rhind-Tutt will speak about the website and future plans for our expanded collaboration. Seats at the luncheon are limited, so to reserve a place, please RSVP by email by March 18 to Kitty Sklar. When the location of the conference is finalized, we will notify you about the room for the luncheon.

We also hope you will attend the Saturday morning 9:00 session, "On the Virtual Edge: The Implications of Online Scholarship for American Historians." Kitty Sklar will discuss "Editing an Online Journal and Publishing Electronic Scholarship." She will be joined by Kate Wittenberg, director of the Columbia University online publishing effort, and Ed Ayers and William Thomas, who will discuss their experience writing their December 2003 AHR online article, "The Differences Slavery Made." Roy Rosenzweig and Nancy Page Fernandez will offer comments. We invite you to join this ongoing dialogue about online scholarship.

At the OAH meeting please stop by the Alexander Street Press booth to view the resources and research tools accessible at Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. You can find ASP at booth 113 in the exhibition space.

Please contact us for an appointment at the OAH if you would like to explore the possibility of preparing a document project based on your research. Document projects offer an excellent way to bring your scholarship to the attention of a large online audience. In the past year and a half we have established a national editorial board and created a peer review system for evaluating prospective contributions and offering editorial support to author/editors. We would be glad to speak with you about the submission process. To discuss this possibility, please email Tom Dublin.

If you will not be at the OAH meeting, but are planning to attend the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women to be held at Scripps College in early June, we will be sponsoring a similar array of activities at that conference. We will be sending out a newsletter in April about ways you can learn more about the website at that event.

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. As you explore the website, please share your reactions with us and let us know any ideas you may have about how we can better serve your needs and interests.

Best wishes,

Kitty Sklar

Tom Dublin

Melissa Doak

 

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