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Dear faithful H-Net readers: Having served as presidents of H-Net and for many years as working editors for our various networks, we are addressing you with this appeal for support to sustain our common organization through an approaching time of great difficulty. The fact is that the recession finally has made its way to H-Net and is having a significant impact on our fiscal condition, including our regular operating budget. Our Job Guide is a major source of our revenues, and its excellent performance for the past few years enabled us to complete vital work on rebuilding our reviews publications system and replace aging servers. But as we all well know, the academic job market is in a severe slump, with dire consequences for our organization. In response the officers and council have been making some difficult decisions to tighten belts and reduce expenses, seek out new sources of revenue, and find ways to produce greater efficiencies. Our partners at Michigan State University, including our computing host, Matrix, are also facing adverse circumstances given our state¹s struggling economy, but are helping out where they can. But we still need your help. We are conducting a rare Spring donations campaign to help us reduce the strain on our cash flow, enable us to retain vital professional staff, and keep our services free and open. We hope that the value you place on the diverse H-Net services provided to you not only through our individual communities but through the incomparable H-Net Reviews will inspire you to make a generous contribution. Please go directly to the H-Net home page [www.h-net.org] to click on the ³Donate² link along the menu bar at the top right hand side of the page. Donations by U.S taxpayers are deductible and may receive favorable tax-treatment in other countries. There are three convenient modes for making donations: 1. Via a Verisign secure site which accepts major credit cards: http://www.h-net.org/donations 2. By mail; please provide a return address and e-mail address so we can send you a receipt and properly credit your gift; checks should be payable to: H-Net Donations 8A Morrill Hall Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824-1046 USA or 3. By phone +517 432 5134, during regular business hours (8-12, 1-5 Eastern US time M-F) at Michigan State University. Our staff processes donations through the site above, so please call only if you are unable to use the website to make your gift, or if you have a specific question for us. Sincerely, Kelly Woestman Professor of History Pittsburg State University President, H-Net H-TEACH, H-TAH, H-TLH Frank Conlon Professor of History, Emeritus University of Washington H-ASIA Kriste Lindenmeyer Professor of History University of Maryland, Baltimore County H-SHGAPE, H-SAWH, H-CHILDHOOD, H-WOMEN Robert Cherny Professor of History San Francisco State University H-HOAC, H-CALIFORNIA, H-SHGAPE Sara Tucker Professor of History Washburn University H-TEACH Steven Mintz Director, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center Columbia University H-SLAVERY, H-FILM Gus Seligmann Associate Professor of History University of North Texas H-WEST Paul Turnbull Professor of History and Humanities, Head of Department Griffith University H-ANZAU Jean Stuntz Associate Professor of History West Texas A&M H-SAWH, H-WEST, H-WOMEN