Fred Harvey’s Tourist Map

In 1876, the Santa Fe Railroad hired British restauranteur Fred Harvey in the hopes of marketing their rail line via comfort food. It worked. The Santa Fe became, and still is, one of the most iconic railroads in the US, steeped in nostalgia and Americana.

Here’s a 1955 tourist map from the Fred Harvey Co. that documents the history of the company’s tourism business.

CLIR: The Splendid Torch

I co-authored a piece for the 2017 CLIR Report, A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries. I learned so much working alongside Marta Brunner, Ece Turnator, and Bridget Whearty to write “Creating Contact Zones in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era.”

And the best thing about CLIR publications (other than their relevant and important content)? They’re 100% open-access. It’s fun to share the knowledge without charging for it!


Studies in the Novel

Postcard: Elle of Ganado, ca. 1907, Fred Harvey Co. (Courtesy DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of the fall 2017 special issue of Studies in the Novel, “Gender and the Cultural Preoccupations of the American West,” which I co-edited with Sigrid Anderson Cordell (U Michigan). When the editors of Studies put out a CFP for special issue editors, we jumped at the opportunity to see who else out there was studying the lesser-known aspects of the literary production of American West, particularly the ways gender roles have been negotiated and constructed through literature.

We were the recipients of countless acts of academic generosity and camaraderie during the process of editing the issue, which I was pleasantly surprised to learn is quite the norm for women working in western studies. Victoria Lamont, Krista Comer, Melissa Homestead, Annette Kolodny, and Cathryn Halverson all offered support and mentorship through the process, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Krista ended up writing the Afterword, offering insight and reflection on the issue, as well as vision for the field’s next steps. In the extremely competitive world of academia, it’s refreshing (to say the least) to find a community of women that rallies around its members and advocates for everyone’s success.

Working with Studies‘ Managing Editor, Timothy Boswell, and Editor, Nora Gilbert, was also a delight. Their professional generosity made navigating the world of academic publishing from the editorial side (for the very first time), well, possible.

It is with gratitude that I announce the publication of this special issue.