Publication Date

November 1, 1989

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

We are very pleased to announce that beginning with this issue of Perspectives, a committee of contributing editors will assist Perspectives editorial staff in the solicitation and review of manuscripts in several key areas. Each has been appointed because of their special knowledge or expertise and we hope their involvement will enable us to improve the newsletter’s content and better address your needs and concerns. The masthead on page 2 lists the contributing editors and their areas of expertise.



Robert Blackey, California State University, San Bernardino is the only veteran, having served in the capacity of contributing editor to the “Teaching Innovations” column for seven years. This year he is joined by Bonny M. Cochran, a secondary school history teacher in Bethesda, Maryland who also serves on the Organization of American Historians Committee on Teaching.

Archives and Research

The contributing editor for archives and research is Jacqueline Goggin, coeditor of the J. Franklin Jameson Papers at the Library of Congress and a former member of the editorial board of the American Archivist.

Computers and Software

Janice Reiff, Case Western Reserve University, has not only assumed editorship of the areas of computers and software for Perspectives but is also currently working on a new AHA pamphlet on teaching history with computers, a project that dates from her tenure as chair of our Committee on Quantitative Research in History.

Museum Exhibits and Interpretive Programs

To oversee topics relating to museum exhibits and interpretive programs, we have secured Spencer R. Crew and Lonnie G. Bunch, both of whom are historians at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Dr. Crew curated the well-known “Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915–1940” and serves on the board of editors of the Journal of American History. Lonnie Bunch came to the Smithsonian earlier this year from the California Afro-American Museum, where he was responsible for the exhibit, “Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850–1950.”

Film and Media

Robin Cutler Maw, a former program officer in media at the National Endowment for the Humanities and now an independent media consultant, will take charge of all media related issues, including film reviews.

Professional Issues

Finally, David M. Katzman, University of Kansas, Lawrence, will advise on professional issues as the representative of the AHA’s Professional Division, to which he was elected in 1988.

Look for the fruits of their efforts in upcoming issues.