EHA Newsletter

No. 21 (November 1997) Economic History Association, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, 226A Summerfield Hall, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045,


1998 EHA Meeting in Durham, North Carolina

The 1998 Economic History Association meeting will be held September 25 - 27, 1998 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina. Registration materials will be sent to EHA members in late May 1998.

Again this year there will be substantial discounts for graduate students. All faculty are encouraged to inform their graduate students of these offers!! Graduate students receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee, a free one-year subscription to the JEH, discounted hotel rates, and a 75 percent discount on group meals. Special gatherings for graduate students are in the works!

Faculty! To help pay for all these subsidies, we will be offering you the option to "Treat a graduate student to lunch" or to "dinner". Please plan now to include a little extra in your registration check.

The Washington Duke Inn is located on a beautiful golf course. Plan on a relaxed setting in elegant surroundings. We will take over most of the sleeping rooms for our meeting.

For more information, check the web site: Otherwise, you may contact the Meetings Coordinator Martha Olney, EHA Annual Meetings Office, 190 El Cerrito Plaza #370, El Cerrito, CA 94530. E-mail: Molney@ Fax: (510) 527-4558.

Call for Proposals

The theme of the program is "Revolutions in Economic History". The theme refers to historical cases in which economic structures of long standing and apparent stability either disintegrate or are overturned by something new. "Revolutions" may include the famous upheavals of political and economic history (e.g., French, Russian, Industrial), but also sociopolitical transformations such as the Civil Rights Revolution in the United States, discontinuous changes in the norms of labor relations or family life, etc. Conventional economics has little to say about these phenomena, but history should have plenty to say.

The program committee consists of John Brown, Chair; David Carlton, Warren Whatley, and Jane Humphries.

The committee especially encourages proposals for papers and sessions that help promote intellectual conversations among scholars who may assess revolutions in economic history from different analytical or disciplinary perspectives. The committee welcomes proposals for entire sessions as well as for individual papers. The former should include proposals for each paper in the session. The committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in those sessions that are accepted. Papers for sessions that were not accepted may be incorporated into other panels.

To propose a paper, send three copies of a 3-5 page abstract and a 150 word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History to John Brown, Department of Economics, Clark University, by January 30, 1998. Proposals may also be submitted by using the form available from the EHA website: If a draft of the paper is available, it should be sent in addition to the abstracts.

Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 30, 1998. John Brown may be contacted for more information at Economics Department, Clark University; Worcester, MA 01610-1477 or at

Call for Dissertations

Those who expect to receive their Ph.D. in the academic year 1997/1998 are invited to apply for inclusion in the dissertation session at the 1998 annual meeting. Dissertations on U.S. or Canadian history chosen for presentation at the meetings will be finalists for the Allan Nevins Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to: Leonard Carlson, Emory University, Department of Economics, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Dissertations on areas of the world other than the United States or Canada will be finalists for the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize. Such dissertations should be sent to Lynn Hollen Lees, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Applicants must send a copy of their dissertation to the appropriate convener no later than Friday, May 29 1998.

Future Meetings

Make an offer! We will be looking for sites in the west or midwest regions, including Canada.

1998 Annual Meeting Prizes

Alice Hanson Jones Prize

The Alice Hanson Jones Prize for an outstanding book in North American (including the Caribbean) economic history will be presented at the annual meeting. This $1,000 prize is awarded bienially and alternates with the Gyorgi Ranki Prize for a book in European economic history. The 1998 Jones Prize will be awarded for a book published in 1996 or 1997.

Eligibility and Nominations. Only books published in English are eligible. The author need not be a member of the Association. Authors, publishers, or anyone else may nominate books. Send a copy of the book, plus a curriculum vitae of the author(s), with current information about addresses and telephone numbers, to each member of the committee listed below. The deadline for submission is March 1, 1998. The Jones Prize committee members are: Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester, Department of Economics, Rochester, NY 14627; Ken Sokoloff, UCLA, Department of Economics, Los Angeles, CA 90024; Eugene White, Rutgers University, Department of Economics, New Brunswick, NJ, 08903; Louis Cain, Loyola University, Department of Economics, Chicago, IL 60611 and, Ann Carlos, University of Colorado, Department of Economics, Boulder, CO 80309.

Authors! Be sure your publisher nominates your book.

Jonathan Hughes Prize

The Jonathan Hughes Prize will be awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. Jonathan Hughes was an outstanding scholar and a committed and influential teacher of economic history. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award. The winner will be selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching.

The basic requirement for nomination is a statement on how the nominee has exemplified excellence in the teaching of economic history. For more information contact Sally Clarke, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1163 ot at Deadline for nominations is March 15, 1998.

1997 Prize Recipients

Gyorgy Ranki Prize

The Ranki Prize for an outstanding book in economic history of Europe was awarded to Philip T. Hoffman for his book titled Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815 published by Princeton University Press.


Allan Nevins Prize

Daniel Barbezat and Kenneth Snowden, conveners of the 1997 dissertation session, selected Mark V. Siegler to receive the Nevins Prize for his dissertation "Real Output and Business Cycle Volatility, 1869-1993: U.S. Experience in International Perspective," completed at the University of California-Davis.


Alexander Gerschenkron Prize

Daniel Barbezat and Kenneth Snowden awarded the Gerschenkron Prize to Timothy Leunig, for his dissertation, "The Myth of the Corporate Economy: Factor Cost, Industrial Structure and Technological Choice in the Lancashire and New England Cotton Industries, 1900-1913," completed at Nuffield College, Oxford, England.

Jonathan Hughes Prize

for Teaching Excellence

The Committee on the Teaching of Economic History awarded the Hughes Prize to Martha Olney, our very own Meetings Coordinator.


Arthur H. Cole Prize

The Cole Prize for best article published in the Journal of Economic History was awarded to Price Fishback and Shawn Kantor , University of Arizona, for "The Durable Experiment: State Insurance of Workers' Compensation Risk in the Early Twentieth Century" published in the December, 1996 issue.

Election Results

Larry Neal, University of Illinois was chosen President-Elect. Winifred Rothenberg, Tufts University was elected Vice President and Henry Gemery, Colby College was elected Trustee.

Arthur H. Cole Grants-in-Aid

The Committee on Research in Economic History awards Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid to support research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area.

Awards typically are in amounts up to $2,000, although higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional cases. To apply: seven copies of applications are due by April 1, 1998. Applications should be sent to Professor Margaret Levenstein, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, 205 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220.

Applications must include a description of the project (no longer than five pages); a curriculum vitae; and a project budget. Applicants must be members of the Association and must hold the Ph.D. degree. Preference is given to recent Ph.D recipients.

This year, the Committee made awards to the following: Kyle Kauffman, Wellesley College, (Racial Differences in Early Twentieth Century in U. S. Agriculture); Susanne Summers, Texas A&M University, (Merchant Community in Texas, 1836-1880); William Summerhill, UCLA, (Foreign Capital, Public Policy and Railroads in Argentina) and Anne Hanley, Northwestern University, (Capital Markets in the Coffee Economy: Brazil, 1850-1905).

Teaching Breakfast 1997

The teaching breakfast, held on Sunday morning drew about 20 participants. It was chaired brilliantly by Hugh Rockoff.

The highlight of the breakfast was Martha Olney's discussion of her approach to teaching economic history. Her comments on teaching can be found on the web site (the October archive of EH.Teach). Sam Williamson then led the discussion of how the website might be expanded to make it more useful for teaching purposes. Various ways that teaching might receive more time and attention at the annual meeting were also discussed. This part of the discussion was led by Deirdre McCloskey. Finally, the group discussed how the Hughes Prize might solicit nominations of outstanding teachers who do not have students who have gone on to become economic historians. Anyone with ideas about the last two points should get in touch with someone on the 1997-98 Teaching Committee: Sally Clarke (chair), Ann Fender, and Hank Gemery.

Fundraising 1997

Our initial effort to raise funds for the Cole Prize met with a very favorable response, with donations of nearly $4,000.

The Board is extremely grateful for this support. When combined with allocations of the Association funds made by the Board that Prize Fund is now endowed with $8,588, which is enough to raise the value of the prize to $500. The endowment is, however, still short of the goal of $20,000, and as indicated below, the Board hopes to maintain the real value of this and other prizes, so additional contributions are welcome.


The Board of Trustees voted to increase the nominal amounts awarded for our various prizes so that the real value remains constant over time. The Board's goal is for each Prize Fund to have an endowment large enough to provide the income needed to retain the real value. When you receive your annual membership renewal form you will be offered the opportunity to help achieve this goal. You will be offered a menu of Prize Funds, as shown below, and we hope you will feel inclined to help increase the endowment of your favorite fund.

I would like to support my favorite Prize Fund. Enclosed is my tax exempt contribution which I would like to go to the Fund or Funds indicated.

Cole Prize Fund _________ Jones Prize Fund __________

Gerschenkron Prize Fund _________ Ranki Prize Fund __________

Hughes Prize Fund _________

Please send your contribution to Thomas Weiss, Executive Director, Economic History Association, Department of Economics, Summerfield Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. Make your check payable to the Economic History Association.



Cliometrics Society

Additional information on any of the following items can be obtained from The Cliometrics Conference Secretary, Laws Hall Box 42, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 USA, phone: 513-529-2850, fax: 513-529-6992 or email: or try the website http:\\

Call for Papers

1998 Cliometrics Conference

The 38th Annual Cliometrics Conference will be held at Washington University, St. Louis, May 8-10, 1999. John V.C. Nye, Douglass C. North, and Sukkoo Kim will serve as hosts.

The National Science Foundation continues its sponsorship for 1998. As in recent years, the Conference will be able to pay most expenses for the majority of participants. We encourage readers to share this announcement with colleagues and students. Please note that membership in the Cliometric Society is not a consideration for Conference participation.

Those who wish to attend the conference should request an invitation by writing to the conference secretary. Please include your affiliation and a brief description of your research interests. Those submitting proposals are encouraged to submit their work via email, or send six copies of a 3-to-5 page proposal to the conference secretary.

Paper proposals and requests for invitations are due January 20, 1998. Completed 24-page papers are due March 20, 1998.

Undergraduate Paper Prize

Goals of this award are to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to achieve recognition for excellence in research and writing, to enable their work to reach a wider audience, and to encourage economic history teachers to cultivate undergraduate writing and research.

The prize-winning paper will be published in the Cliometric Newsletter and in the EH.Net web server, and an abstract will be published in Explorations of Economic History. The winner will receive a cash award and a complimentary one-year membership to the Society. Submission of a paper grants the Society permission to publish the work.

Papers must be nominated by a Cliometric Society member. Papers must be written by an undergraduate student during the 1997-1998 academic year. Papers must be submitted by e-mail or on disk. Maximum length is 5,000 words. For more details, please see the Cliometrics website. Papers must be received by June 30, 1998.

Papers of previous winners are published on the EH.Net web site.

Sessions at the ASSA

The Cliometric Society will sponsor four sessions and a cocktail party for members and friends at the 1998 ASSA meetings in Chicago, January 3-5 1998. The Saturday session is a joint session with the AEA.

Chairs of the sessions are: Gary Libecap, University of Arizona, (Growth and Institutions); Joseph Ferrie, Northwestern University (Counting and Laboring); Zvi Grilliches, Harvard University (CLIO and the Economic Organization of Science) and, Eugene. N. White, Rutgers University (Money Down the River). Summaries of the papers will be published as an insert to the October issue of The Newsletter of The Cliometric Society. Abstracts will be available in the EH.Net web server.


Economic History Services

EH.Net operates the Economic History Services Fileserver and several lists to provide resources and promote communication among scholars in economic history, and actively seeks and supports this growing centralized collection of electronic material valuable for research, instruction, and scholarship. Economic History Services provides home pages for several organizations with shared objectives, including the Economic History Association, The Cliometric Society, the Business History Conference, the History of Economics Society, the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the European Historical Economics Society.


Database Registry Service

You are invited to submit your historical database to the Economic History Services Database Registry. The Registry contains brief descriptions of data available in personal archives, and names and addresses of whom to contact for more information. Visit the EHS fileserver for more information.

EH.Net Abstract Service

EH.Net now provides an abstracting service. It provides an Abstract Library and an optional e-mail list which provides subscribers with abstracts as they are posted. AEH offers abstracts of individual work and articles published in EEH, and soon will add abstracts from the JEH. Use the easy on-line registrations form at to submit your abstracts and subscribe to the service.

EHA Sessions at AHA

Dan Raff has organized a session for EHA at the upcoming AHA meeting in Seattle titled "Recent Developments in Economic History."

The session will meet Friday, January 9, 1998 from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. The chair and commentator is Steve Haber. Papers are by Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Mark Potter , Maristella Botticini, Daniel M. G. Raff and Naomi Lamoreaux. For further information contact Dan Raff at

Joint Membership Fees

Our agreement continues with the Economic History Society (U.K.) to offer joint memberships to EHA and EHS at discounted rates for 1998. The student/emeritus rate will be $47.00; regular rates for members with annual incomes under $40,000 will be $57.00, and those with incomes over $40,000 will pay $72.00. All joint subscriptions will begin as of the beginning of the calendar year.

IEHA World Congress

The Twelfth World Congress of the International Economic History Association will be held in Seville, Spain August 24 - 28, 1998.

More information about the Congress can be obtained from Clara E. Nunez; C/Serrano, 23-3 dcha; 28001 Madrid; Spain or via email:


The EHA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. Information about fellowships and grants is posted on the EHA server, and when possible announced in the Newsletter.

The ACLS website contains information about the ACLS and its publications and activities that might be of interest to you. The text of Bob Fogel's Charles Homer Haskins Lecture - "A Life of Learning" is now available at the website (http:\\

Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry Library offers Long Term Fellowships (6 to 11 months), Short Term Fellowships (2 weeks to 3 months) and Other Special Awards and Fellowships designed to assist those who wish to use the Newberry's collections. For information, including application deadlines and forms please write to: Committee on Awards, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-33809; or e-mail:; or visit their website:

American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society in order to encourage imaginative and productive research in its unparalleled library collections will award a number of Fellowships for 1998-99. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 1998.

A brochure containing full details about the program and information about the Society's collections may be obtained by writing John B. Hench, Vice President for Academic and Public Programs, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634, phone: 508-752-5813 or email or Caroline Sloat at

Scholars in Residence Program in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission invites applications for its 1998-1999 Scholars in Residence Program. The program provides support for full-time research and study at any Commission facility, including the State Archives, the State Museum, and 26 historical sites and museums. Residencies are available for four to twelve consecutive weeks between May 1, 1998 and April 30, 1999, at the rate of $1,200 per month. The program is open to all who are conducting research on Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, graduate students, writers, film-makers, and others. For further information and application materials, contact: Division of history, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA, 17108, phone: (717) 787-3034.

Industrial Technology and Productivity - Sloan Foundation

The Industrial Techonology and Productivity Project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, seeks to encourage economists to study issues related to U.S. Productivity, and to include in their research methods some component of direct observation of firms and/or discussions with business people. Anyone interested in the effects on productivity of investment, labor relations, management strategies, etc, is welcome. The Project organizes visits to firms to discuss productivity issues with them, and also offers an honorarium and travel support for papers that study these issues. Anyone interested in further information should contact Adam. B. Jaffe, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 or


NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers in Virginia

The African Background of American Culture Through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers will be held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities from June 8-July 3, 1998 (4 weeks). Participants will include 25 full or part-time undergraduate teachers. Co-directors are Jerome S. Handler (Anthropology) and Joseph C. Miller (History). For information and application procedures visit the web site or contact the Virginia History Foundation, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629, phone: (804) 924-3296, fax: (804) 296-4714 or email Deadline for applications is March 2, 1998; notifications by April.

News About the Journal

Joel Mokyr is beaming with pride about the journal's being produced in a camera-ready fashion. The transition to camera-ready proceeded smoothly with December 1996 being the last issue for type set. Although the journal will continue to accept submissions as hard copy manuscripts, the editors expect authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication to prepare electronic files.

Guidelines for submissions under this new scheme may be obtained from the Editors, Journal of Economic History, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2600. (E-mail:

Joel has just about completed his term as editor of the journal, and the Board congratulated him and thanked him and Steve Reich, his longtime assistant, for a job well done.

The senior office will move to the University of Arizona, with Gary Libecap in charge. He will be assisted ably by Shawn Kantor (book review editor) and Susan Isaacs (who does all the work).

Joel Mokyr will be replaced, to the extent such a thing is possible, by Jan DeVries at the University of California, Berkeley. This of course means you can continue to submit articles written in Dutch!

JSTOR Program

The JEH will soon be available in the JSTOR Archive. The JEH is currently in the process of being converted for use, and is projected to be available in April or May. More information is available at JSTOR's home page: http:\\

Economic History Association

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Market Value of Securities (as of 7/31/96) $373,222


Committees 1997-1998

The Committees listed below play an important role in the workings of the EHA. Membership on the various committees is by appointment. Each year the President makes one or more appointments to each committee. If you are interested in being considered for membership on a committee, or if you would like to recommend someone, please let the Executive Director know through the e-mail address:, or contact any other officer or member of the Board of Trustees.

EHA Officers and Board of Trustees, 1997-1998

President: Gavin Wright, Stanford University.

President-Elect: Larry Neal, University of Illinois.

Vice President: Winifred Rothenberg, Tufts University.

Trustees: Louis Cain, Northwestern and Loyola Universities; Carol Heim, University of Massachusetts, Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley and Henry Gemery, Colby College.

Immediate Past Presidents: Jeffrey Williamson, Harvard University, Peter Temin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Deirdre McCloskey, University of Iowa.

Editors: Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University and Gary Libecap, University of Arizona.

IEHA Representative: Jeff Williamson, Harvard University.

Executive Director: Thomas Weiss,University of Kansas.

Meetings Coordinator (non-voting member) Martha L. Olney, University of California, Berkeley.

EHA Committees, 1997-1998

Executive Committee: Gavin Wright (President), Larry Neal (President-Elect), Louis Cain (Senior Trustee), David Wheelock (Chair, Audit Committee), Thomas Weiss (Executive Director), Martha Olney (Meetings Secretary).

Nominating: Deirdre McCloskey, Chair (Past President) Peter Temin (Past Chair), Winifred Rothenberg (VicePresident) Mark Thomas (1998), Judith Miller (1998), Joshua Rosenbloom (1998), Thomas Weiss (non-voting).

Membership: Susan Wolcott, Chair (1999), Phil Hoffman (1998), Michael Huberman (2000), Thomas Weiss (ex officio), Larry Neal (ex officio).

Committee on Research in Economic History:

Margaret Levenstein, Chair (1998), Elise Brezis (1998), Gillian Hamilton (1999), Dennis McCarthy (1999), John Majewski (2000), **** (2000), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Investment Committee: Robert Zevin, Chair (2000), Daniel Raff (1998), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Audit Committee: David Wheelock, Chair (1999), Robert Zevin (2001), Winifred Rothenberg (ex officio), Larry Neal (ex officio).

Ranki Prize: Richard Roehl, Chair, (1998) Scott Eddie (1999), Larry Neal (2000), Peter Solar (2001), **** (2002).

Jones Prize: Stan Engerman, Chair (1998), Ken Sokoloff (1999), Eugene White (2000), Lou Cain (2001), Ann Carlos (2002).

Standing Committee on Education in Economic History: Sally Clarke, Chair (1998), Ann Fender (1999), Hank Gemery (2000), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Standing Committee on Research Archives and Data Bases: Robert Whaples, Chair (1998), **** (1999), **** (2000), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

Standing Committee on the Journal of Economic History: Naomi Lamoreaux, Chair (2000), Brad De Long (1998), Daniel Raff (1999), Joel Mokyr (advisor) Gary Libecap (advisor), Thomas Weiss (ex officio).

EHA Program Committee: John Brown, Chair (1998), Jane Humphries (1998), David Carlton (1998), Warren Whatley (1998), Martha Olney (ex oficio), Dissertation subcommittee (ex officio).

Dissertation Subcommittee: Leonard Carlson (American, 1998), Lynn Hollen Lees (Elsewhere, 1998).

Standing Committee on EHA Administration: Gavin Wright, Chair, Cynthia Taft Morris, Jan De Vries.

Ad Hoc Committee on Long Range Relationship with EH.NET: Lance Davis, Chair, Ann McCants, Elyce Rotella

Ad Hoc Committee to Stimulate and Coordinate American Participation at the Twelfth Congress of the IEHA (established in 1994 for 4 years): David Landes, Chair (1998)) and Paul Hohenberg (1998).

EHA Representatives and Liaisons

International Economic History Association:

Jeffrey Williamson (1999), **** (2001).

American Council of Learned Societies:

William Becker (1998).

National Bureau of Economic Research:

Gavin Wright (1999).

Allied Social Science Association:

Nancy Folbre (1999)

Cliometric Society: **** (1998)

Business History Conference:

Fred Carstensen (1998).

Social Science History Association:

Rick Steckel (1998).

EH.NET: Hugh Rockoff.

**** indicates person to be appointed.