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The Folger G.K. Hall Catalogs, or How to fit an entire card catalog on your bookshelf

I had the good fortune of learning to do scholarly research during the transition from card catalogs to Online Public Access Catalogs or ‘OPAC’s, as they are known in libraries. I have a particular fondness for card catalogs1 because they allow for...
From: The Collation on 16 Sep 2021

The Importance of a Small Skirmish during the Race to the Dan

The Race to the Dan is a famous part of the Southern War of the American Revolution, a strategic retreat by Gen Nathanael Greene,... The post The Importance of a Small Skirmish during the Race to the Dan appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

“Good and Sufficient Testimony:” The Development of the Revolutionary War Pension Plan

One of the greatest sources of information on the American Revolution is the collection of pension applications submitted by American veterans of the war... The post “Good and Sufficient Testimony:” The Development of the Revolutionary War Pension...

Addressing Colonialism and Historic Slavery at the National Trust

Illustration by Michael Kennedy for Sam Knight’s article in The New Yorker (23 August 2021), p. 31 The National Trust released its Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties Now in the Care of the National Trust, Including...
From: Enfilade on 25 Aug 2021

NEH Announces $28.4 Million for 239 Projects

Selections from the press release (17 August 2021): The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $28.4 million in grants for 239 humanities projects across the country. . . .This round of funding will support vital research, education,...
From: Enfilade on 20 Aug 2021

An Experiment in Following a Worm Through a Folded Letter

A guest post by William Davis   Folger staff have long been interested in folding early modern letters for mailing. It comes up periodically when someone finds a letter with unusual folds. Both Heather Wolfe and Erin Blake have written Collation posts...
From: The Collation on 5 Aug 2021

ECCO Access for N. American Members of ASECS

ASECS members will likely already have received news of this new perk, but it could be most useful for people who are not (yet) members. Please note the North American stipulation. Press release (28 July 2021) from Gale: New partnership gives ASECS members...
From: Enfilade on 30 Jul 2021

The First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

“We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . .” Who were the first people to hear Thomas Jefferson’s memorable words spoken in... The post The First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 appeared first on Journal of the...

Motorbikes and mousetraps: the history of ecology at Wytham Woods

from Dr Georgina Montgomery, Associate Member of the History Faculty affiliated to the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, and Byrne Bussey Marconi Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries in 2021 Charles Elton on his...
From: The Conveyor on 29 Jun 2021


In the fall of 1763, a pamphlet was published in Edinburgh titled The Expediency of Securing Our American Colonies by Settling the Country Adjoining... The post Charlotina appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

The Incredible Story of Hercules Mulligan

When you are a spy, you want to go unnoticed. With a colorful name like Hercules Mulligan, that can sometimes be difficult, especially if... The post The Incredible Story of Hercules Mulligan appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Early Modern Digital Humanities

I’ve added a page to my website giving details of some of the main online databases and resources for the early modern period. Click here: Early modern digital humanities. I’m sure there are many useful resources I haven’t added, so please let...

Salem Soldiers at Andersonville

It is during the weeks around Memorial and Veterans Day that I feel the absence of an active Salem historical society or museum most keenly. Don’t get me wrong: there are dedicated interpreters of the past in our city. Salem has a wonderful veterans’...
From: streets of salem on 27 May 2021

Dutch merchant seamen in Belgian sources

Seafarers have never been bound to a particular flag, which makes it challenging to reconstruct their careers. In this post, Kristof Loockx, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp and visiting researcher at the Huygens Institute for the...
From: Maritime Careers on 25 May 2021

A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge

On December 23, 1777, a mere four days after his Continental army entered Valley Forge, George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress expressing the... The post A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge appeared first...

Call for Applications | HECAA Pandemic Relief Grant

HECAA Pandemic Relief Grant Applications due by 21 May 2021 HECAA announces a relief program to support new and existing members during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Working with funds raised during our recent Pandemic Relief campaign, HECAA will...
From: Enfilade on 14 May 2021

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.