Woe unto You Writers of History: Undergraduate Teaching Policy, 1935

Woe unto You Writers of History: Undergraduate Teaching Policy, 1935

How strong in this country, in this culture, is the ideal of freedom of investigation, how widely supported is the tradition of objectivity in the analysis of concrete social problems? I do not know and it worries me. In 1935, the Alumnae Historical Association of Flora Stone Mather College set out to establish a fund […]

"The first time I ever pursued a folk singer on a raft": Sidney Robertson and John Stone

“The first time I ever pursued a folk singer on a raft”: Sidney Robertson and John Stone

In August 1939, in the California gold-rush town of Columbia, the musicologist Sidney Robertson1 recorded this fascinating 94-second snippet of conversation with a fiddler named John Stone. The conversation deals with the technology of making and reproducing recordings, and with the future use of the records they were making that day. It’s not clear why […]

Binkley vs. the Library

Binkley vs. the Library

Binkley was chair of the Library Committee at Flora Stone Mather College for most of his time there, and much involved with library development at Western Reserve University. Here is an exchange of letters in which he attempted to get the university library to purchase an expensive set of Austrian parliamentary debates. His justifications show […]

Union Catalogue Movie

In the 1937 report of the Joint Committee on Materials for Research to its parent institutions, Binkley wrote: At the June, 1937, meeting of the American Library Association, Director Hirshberg of the Western Reserve University Libraries spoke to the Resources Board on the union catalogue problem, showing a motion picture film of the various procedures […]

New Tools for Men of Letters: The Lost Paragraphs

New Tools for Men of Letters: The Lost Paragraphs

Binkley’s essay “New Tools for Men of Letters”, published in the Yale Review in 1935,1 is the work that has gained the most attention among digital humanities scholars today. The published version was based on a 32-page memorandum that Binkley wrote for the Joint Committee on Materials for Research in November, 1934, under the title […]