Digital Archives and Other Electronic Resources for Business Historians

The rapid proliferation of electronic records has created both opportunities and challenges for business historians.  How do we locate those resources?  How do we compensate for the ephemeral nature of electronic sources, and the fact that so much written documentation has simply disappeared soon after its creation?  How should we acknowledge privacy concerns in the digital age?  What are the best practices for integrating electronic records into our scholarship and our teaching?

Workshop participants are encouraged to submit a research prospectus, course syllabus, or other material that would benefit from the inclusion of digital sources.  A panel of experienced faculty and archivists will share their perspectives on the use of electronic resources, offer suggestions regarding the refinement of research projects and course syllabi, and answer questions from participants.  To receive maximum benefit from the workshop, participants should send such materials, no later than February 15, 2019, to Workshop Committee co-chair Albert Churella (


Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, University of Florida

Stephanie Decker, Aston Business School

Eric Hintz, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Erik Rau, Hagley Museum & Library