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The Business of National Patrimony

We’re looking for folks interested in joining a panel on the business history of national patrimony (broadly construed), as either panelist, chair, or commenter.  

I’m contributing a paper on the well-funded federal campaign to redefine George Washington as a successful “businessman” during the Great Depression.  Whitney Martinko (Villanova) will present new work on the history of the corporation as a mechanism for preserving and defining “permanent collections” in museums in the early republic. 

If you’re interested – or have suggestions! – please email me (Dael Norwood),

The Business of Organized Labor

I’m looking for other panelists and a chair and/or commentator for a panel on bringing organized labor into business history. The papers for this panel could address topics such as labor unions behaving like businesses, managerial relationships with union leadership, and business anti-union activity. In line with the theme of the 2024 conference, this panel could consider how labor unions fit into business visions of the public interest and business objectives that go beyond profit seeking.

I’m a PhD student at Columbia University with a paper on the progressive origins of the most infamous anti-union consultant in the U.S. in the 1950s. Tentatively I have another grad student who could give a paper on union finances and corruption.

Please send notes of interest to Aaron Freedman at

Should BHC advance amicus briefs and public comment?

I’m considering a session on whether and how BHC might advance amicus briefs or public comment on regulation. This is likely a US-focused session, inspired by recent public advocacy work of the AHA.  One approach might be to white-board general BHC governance issues independent of any specific case: how BHC might identify relevant cases, reach consensus on historical opinion, ally with other societies, and bring resources to draft a brief or comment.  Another approach might be to assess, tentatively, BHC expertise in historicizing issues current in corporate litigation: like two-sided markets and platforms as in Ohio v. Amex, corporate personhood as in Hobby Lobby, or standing and jurisdiction in climate change. Or, perhaps we can assess action to protect historical practice: like NARA’s retention schedule on regulatory documents, extending the UCSF IDL statement in Philip Morris, or the role of expertise in “history and traditions” as used in the Dobbs and Bruen decisions.  Please send notes of interest to Glenn Bugos at

AI and Digital Business History

AI and Digital Business History

We are inviting participants to a panel on digital sources, tools, and AI in business history. 

The aim of the panel is to present and discuss papers related to digital business history. This includes the use of digitized archives, born-digital sources, relational databases (e.g., Filemaker Pro) in business history research as well as new AI tools for research. 

The panel is open both for empirical and methodological papers. 2-3 additional papers are invited. 

Organizers are Erik Lakomaa, Stockholm School of Economics, and Pasi Nevalainen, University of Jyväskylä. Please e-mail or for suggestions or further information.

Families and Wealth Management

I'm looking for folks interested in presenting (3) and commenting on/chairing a panel (1 or 2) about the ways in which families functioned to manage and distribute wealth. 

My work is on the late 18th-early 19th c. British U.S., looking at how legal and economic conditions shaped family practices of wealth management via marriage. Ideally this panel would be chronologically broad (how did families manage wealth/family enterprises in the 19th and 20th centuries?) or geographically comparative (what was happening outside the British U.S. in terms of family patterns of wealth management/distribution during the early 19th century?).

Please email Lindsay keiter at