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Occupational hierarchy of railway brakemen and firemen


Are you able to point me toward a reliable source of information on the occupational hierarchy between railway brakemen and firemen in the late-19th century United States? Specifically, I am wondering about the relative occupational requirements and compensation in the Midwest and Far West in the period 1880-1890, with specific reference to the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway.

Thank you in advance,


Ida Blom; Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History: Deadline Extended

The International Federation for Research in Women's History has issued a call for applications for the Ida Blom–Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History. 

The deadline has been extended to 31 January 2020.

To apply for the prize submit a short bio and an abstract that briefly summarizes the book and explains its contribution to the field of transnational women's and gender history by 31 January 2020.

Semi-finalists will then be asked to send complete books (preferably digitally) by 1 March 2020.

Center for the United States and the Cold War Dissertation Fellowship and Travel Grants

New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War announces the Agnese N. Haury fellowships and travel grants for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Center for the United States and the Cold War at NYU's Tamiment Library supports research on the Cold War, especially on the ways in which this ideological and geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American politics, culture, and society.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers: 25th Annual James A. Barnes Graduate History Conference at Temple University March 20-21, 2020

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University's graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference.

CFP: Essays in History 2020 (Articles, Book Reviews, and Historiographical Essays)

Essays in History (EiH), the annual peer-reviewed journal of the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, is currently soliciting articles, book reviews, and historiographical essays for its fifty-third issue, to appear in the fall of 2020.