About

In the summer of 2011, the Newberry Library's Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture hosted two weeklong National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks in American History and Culture workshops that used the Pullman Company as well as Chicago's Pullman neighborhood as a window through which to tell the history of industrial capitalism. These workshops were led by Daniel Greene, then director of the Scholl Center and now Vice President of Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry, and Scholl Center assistant director Chris Cantwell. As part of the workshops the Scholl Center digitized a number of documents from the Newberry's Pullman Company Archive for participating faculty to take back to their classrooms. In brainstorming ways to distribute these materials, we arrived at the idea of designing a permanent digital collection that would not only serve the workshop's participants, but also teachers and researchers everywhere. Pullman: Race, Labor, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town is the result. The exhibit is the largest collection of documents related to the Pullman Company on the web. It's nearly three hundred items document the Company, the urban community it created, and the experiences of the diverse workforce it employed.

Curator and Editor

Christopher D. Cantwell, Assistant Director, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, Newberry Library
Chris Cantwell is an American historian interested in religious history, public history, and digital history. His research explores the relationship between evangelical Protestantism and industrial capitalism throughout the first half of the twentieth century. His current book project, The Bible Class Teacher: Piety and Politics in the Age of Fundamentalism, is a microhistory of a Sunday school teacher from Chicago's West Side who simultaneously self-identified as a fundamentalist while running for public office on the Socialist Party ticket. He is also co-editing a collection of essays titled Between the Pew and the Picket Line: Working-Class Christianities of the Industrial Age that considers how working people's religious devotions shaped, challenged, and enabled industrialization. At the Scholl Center he oversees a number of digital projects and public programs, including a forthcoming exhibit mapping Chicago's religious history as well as a crowdsourced transcription project to accompany the Newberry's Civil War sesquicentennial exhibit. Before joining the Scholl Center, Cantwell taught at Cornell University, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and with the New York Council for the Humanities. He received is Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Associate Editors

Daniel Greene, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Newberry Library
Daniel Greene is Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry. Greene is a US historian who specializes in ethnicity, pluralism, and American identity. His book, The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, was published by Indiana University Press in 2011. Before coming to the Newberry, he was a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Greene is an Affiliated Faculty member of the history department at the University of Illinois Chicago. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Chicago.

Janice L. Reiff, Associate Professor of History and Statistics, University of California Los Angeles
Jan Reiff received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981. She worked at the Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Bremen before joining the UCLA faculty in 1992. Prof. Reiff has published Structuring the Past: The Use of Computers in History (1992), edited, with Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Dirk Hoerder, Henry Dobyns, and John Long, The Settling of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present (1995) and, with James R. Grossman and Ann Durkin Keating, the prize-winning The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004). The online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago was launched in 2005 as joint project of the Chicago Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University. She has also published numerous articles on a variety of different topics. Currently, Prof. Reiff is finishing a manuscript tentatively entitled "Industrial Towns, Suburban Dreams, Urban Realities: Pullman's Communities, 1880-1981." Prof. Reiff teaches a variety of courses at UCLA. She is a member of the teaching staff for the "Sixties" GE cluster and has taught American social history, U.S. since 1960, the U.S. survey, and various undergraduate seminars about cities. Among the graduate seminars she has offered are U.S. Urban History, U.S. Since 1930, U.S. Social History, and Hypermedia and History.

Editorial Advisers

Doug Knox, Assistant Director, Humanities Digital Workshop in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts at the Newberry Library.
JoEllen McKillop Dickie, Special Collections Services Librarian, Reference Team Leader, the Newberry Library.
Leon Fink, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Susan E. Hirsch, Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Chicago.
Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English & American Studies at Northwestern University.
Adam Green, Associate Professor of American History, Master, Social Sciences Collegiate Division, Deputy Dean, Social Sciences, Associate Dean in the College, University of Chicago.