Letters to the Editor
Professors, the Profession, and Public Historians
David Hochfelder, December 2010
Editor's Note: Perspectives on History welcomes letters to the editor on issues discussed in its pages or which are relevant to the profession. Letters should ideally be brief and should be sent to Letters to the Editor (or mailed to Letters to the Editor, Perspectives on History, AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889) along with full contact information. Letters selected for publication may be edited for style, length, and content. Publication of letters does not signify endorsement by the AHA of the views expressed by the authors, who alone are responsible for ensuring accuracy of the letters' contents. Institutional affiliations are provided only for identification purposes.
To the Editor:
This is a brief note about Robert Townsend’s annual “Profile of the History Profession.” The Profile does not include our public history colleagues working in museums, historic sites, archives, consultancies, and elsewhere. I would love to see them included in this annual snapshot. Until then, a more appropriate title is “Profile of the History Professoriate.”
University at Albany
Robert Townsend writes: I am quite abashed, and particularly so since my forthcoming book is devoted to dispelling precisely this sort of error. Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where I dashed off a headline as I started writing and only reflected on it again when I opened the issue and looked at it in print. Mea culpa.