Update on TSLA Budget Cuts

At the recommendation of Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Librarian Chuck Sherrill has replied to an e-mail that I sent him summarizing my arguments in this blog post. His e-mail hewed closely to what Gordon Belt posted on Monday, but with some additional information. First, Sherrill noted that TSLA will have a Tu.-Sat. 8:00-4:30 schedule that will …

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Budget Cuts Affecting Tennessee History

Update: Gordon Belt has added some additional perspective and provided State Librarian Chuck Sherrill's official response to questions about the cuts. Upcoming budget cuts will affect those interested in studying Tennessee history. The budget proposed by Governor Bill Haslam recommends the cutting of seven full-time positions at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) [1]. …

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The Hermitage’s Podcast Series: The Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796

The Hermitage has posted its newest podcast, "The Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796": In February 1796, deliberations wrapped up on Tennessee's first Constitutional Convention (which would be signed by President Washington on June 1). Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Charles Sherrill talks about the nuances of the first Tennessee Constitution.

The Posterity Project

One of the great things about blogging and Tweeting the past few months has been uncovering resources that I never would have encountered otherwise. One such resource is Gordon Belt's blog, The Posterity Project. I've never met Mr. Belt in person, but I have enjoyed reading his blog, which focuses on Tennessee history and archival topics. …

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The Dissertation Process, Part 2

(Part 1 of this series can be found here) LENGTH OF DISSERTATION My dissertation was 16 chapters long, or, to put it in perspective, 488 pages, sans bibliography. It could have been much longer; I eliminated over 100 pages of text during the drafting stage. (Yes, I tend to overwrite. People who know me as …

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The Dissertation Process, Part 1

Last year, I wrote a Facebook note outlining the process that I went through to write my dissertation in 2001-02. I thought it might be useful to post it here for readers who might be graduate students who are pre-comps or who are just beginning the process. I've edited my original note to remove some personal …

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2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians

The 2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians will meet on the campus of Cumberland University on 10-11 September 2010. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Caroline Janney, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University. An OAH Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Janney is the author of Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the …

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