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Brian C. Black, Michael J. Chiarappa, eds.
John Hepp

Hepp on Black and Chiarappa, 'Nature's Entrepôt: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds'

Brian C. Black, Michael J. Chiarappa, eds. Nature's Entrepôt: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012. vi + 367 pp. $38.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8229-4417-1.

Reviewed by John Hepp
Published on H-SHEAR (May, 2015)
Commissioned by Monique Bourque

SHEAR 2015 Pre-Registration

Online pre-registration for the 2015 SHEAR conference in Raleigh is now available through 3 July 2015 at www.shear.org. You will also find information on the conference hotel and travel.

We no longer mail out the conference program in advance. Printed copies of the program will be available at check-in at the conference. While you may access the schedule of panels through a PDF on the SHEAR website, I encourage you to find more thorough information about the conference program through CrowdCompass as a website or a mobile app.

Re: Inquiry: "Esquire" status in the Early Republic

I think I wrote this answer to another similar question on this or another listserve a few years ago, so pardon if repetitious. My own experience with the term Esquire is informative here, I think. I am a lawyer, graduated from law school in 1968. My father was an attorney as well. At that time, every attorney (in Michigan) had the courtesy title of "Esquire" which was used on all correspondence as a part of the address. So, a letter to me (a female) would be addressed: Ms. (actually in those days Miss) Sharon T. Finch, Esq.

Useful Research Hacks: Using Digital Photography in the Archives (x-h-histbibl)

Many of us are using digital cameras and scanners in the archive to capture images of sources.  Our colleague at H-HistBibl, Dominique Daniel, points today to some effective techniques for using digital photography in the archives, and for organizing and making those images useable later on.

Some resources for historians who want to make their own copies of material they find in archives:

Digital Antiquarian Conference at AAS---May 29-30, 2015

Please join us for the Digital Antiquarian Conference one month from today! The conference from May 29-30, 2015  will open up questions related to digitization, cataloguing, and research design, exploring applications of digital tools and methods to diverse library materials, and identifying needs and opportunities in the development of critical bibliography appropriate to 21st-century tools.