Academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences who use Macintosh
computers should take note of the History and Macintosh Society (HMS).
"History" is very broadly defined, and HMS welcomes Art Historians,
Literary Scholars, Philosophers, Political Scientists, etc. Graduate and
postgraduate students are especially invited to join.
*HMS is a non-profit, Apple-Registered user group focused on history,
historians, and other academics.
*HMS is an international users group. Since the vast majority of members
are "members by mail," we are able to offer our services to everyone in
the academic world.
*HMS sends a newsletter and shareware disk with each quarterly mailing.
The shareware included in HMS installments focuses on teaching and
research programs, but does not ignore those applications which will
benefit members in their personal lives.
*HMS aims to provide no-nonsense advice to members of all skill levels.
Increasingly, _MacWorld_ and _MacUser_ have become too interested in
high-end graphics and such, often leaving the common user behind. HMS,
therefore, provides a forum for low- and middle-level users who want
to know about the major concerns of academics - word processing, note
compilation, and databases. For advanced users, we will discuss HyperCard
scripting, database creation and management (for research purposes),
teaching programs, and desktop publishing for historical and academic
publications. But the main commitment will be to provide advice and
training to middle-level users who do not have time to digest _MacWorld_
*HMS will offer methodological advice and commentary on the place of
computers in the historical profession - everything from quantification
theory to using computers in the classroom.
Perhaps best of all, HMS is committed to historians and academics. If you
are interested in a piece of software that isnUt for the Mac, HMS may be
able to obtain a Mac version or acceptable substitute. Currently,
we are working to create a Mac program that would compete with _History Database
advertised in _Perspectives_ from the American Historical Association
(Sept. 1991). This sort of service is near the core of our objective.
Members are encouraged to share shareware with HMS, write critical
articles for the quarterly newsletter, and participate in local meetings. We
also encourage members to form their own HMS subgroups in their areas.
Historians from the same college or university are encouraged to join
together, or make the entire department a member and share the disks
and newsletters among themselves. This is a user group. We
are interested in helping our members and sharing information, not
making money. The dues are used only to purchase software, pay for
history software development, update HMS hardware, produce the
Newsletter and shareware disk, and pay for postage.
The HMS Newsletter/shareware package is not available on-line. Dues are:
$15 per year; $35 lifetime. US funds only, please. Foreign members pay
no extra for air mail. If you would like to join, please send your dues and
a letter outlining your academic interests, current research and teaching,
and Macintosh needs and concerns to:
The History and Macintosh Society
734 Elkus Walk #201
Highlights from the HMS Newsletter vol. 1, nos. 1 & 2, and vol. 2, no. 1:
Welcome to HMS
Commentary:"Macademia" or "Nuts Like Us"
Do You Need System 7 Right Now?
Commentary: "Mac Luddite"
Shareware News and Reviews
Word Processors: An Embarrassment of Riches?
Libraries, Archives, and Portable Macs
Review of Knowledge Index
Call for Reviewers - History Teaching Programs
Styles and Style Sheets in MicroSoft Word 3.01, 4.0, & 5.0
Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank
HMS Historical Research Database
We hope that the group will continue to grow and that we can all profit
from sharing advice and assistance.
The History and Macintosh Society