WELCOME to H-California, the e-mail discussion list sponsored by H-Net and the California Studies Association. This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this list. It contains information on managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board; and a directory of basic services provided by H-California and its parent, H-Net.

I. The H-California List: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-California exists so that people involved in California Studies can communicate with each other more easily. We hope to sponsor reviews of new books dealing with California topics, develop an exchange of course syllabi dealing with California subjects, announce matters of interest for those interested in California studies, develop a website for California studies, and serve as a channel of communication for the California Studies Association. Subscription is open to all who are interested in California Studies.

H-California intends to foster productive exchange of ideas and materials among historically-oriented scholars of a social scientific or humanistic perspective -- the list is not limited to professional, academic historians. Archivists, librarians, public historians, and students at any level with a mature interest in the craft of history during this period are also welcome. Through this list, subscribers and editors will communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching.

H-California invites subscribers to submit syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, guides to term papers, listings of new sources and archives, and reports on new software, datasets and cd-roms. As a member of H-Net, H-California will post announcements about conferences, fellowships and grants, research and publication opportunities, and jobs. We are especially interested in reaching college faculty who already have, or plan to teach courses on this period. H-California will therefore actively solicit syllabi, reading lists, term paper guides, ideas on films and slides, and tips and comments that will be of use to the teacher who wants to add a single lecture, or an entire course.

II. Our Sponsoring Organization.

H-California is sponsored jointly by the California Studies Association and by H-Net. The California Studies Association is composed of academics and members of the general public with an interest in the interdisciplinary study and analysis of California and its people. The association grew out of a California Studies conference first held in 1989. The association presents an annual conference (usually in early February), issues a newsletter, and collects and disseminates curricular materials dealing with California Studies, among other activities. For additional information, including information on joining, write to: California Studies Association, c/o Urban Institute, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132.

III. Editors.

The editors serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee, and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in subscribing and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) They will also commission book and article reviews, and post book announcements from publishers. Anyone with suggestions about what H-California can and might do is invited to send in ideas. H-California will be moderated to filter out extraneous messages (like requests for subscription) and items that do not belong on H- California. The editors do not anticipate the need to reject many messages, and will do so only if they clearly belong somewhere else (e.g., a call to political action that belongs on an activists' list) or if, in the judgment of the editors, they do not aid the scholarly dialogue. The editors will not alter the meaning of messages without the author's permission.

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IV. Communicating Through the List.

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C. Contributions: "Netiquette." Please sign your name and e-mail address to every contribution. The tone and content of H-California depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be composed with some consideration for the needs ofa busy audience of scholars; some subscribers' e-mail access is billed to them by the amount of incoming mail, so that long postings can become expensive at times. Please sign all mail to the list -- the editors will delay posting until authorship is confirmed. The internet is developing its own set of special symbols designed to convey the spirit behind the letter of one's messages The term <g>, denoting "grin," or emoticons depicting facial expressions placed sideways such as :-], or ;-) are common, along with the abbreviations BTW ("by the way") and IMHO ("in my onest/humble opinion"). Such conventions come and go; ifyou are confused, don't hesitate to request clarification. Mail to the list is usually siphoned into one of several categories noted in the "subject header":

QUERY: [subject] -- The following message is a request forinformation. If you are asking about research aids or bibliographical references, it would be helpful if you defined the project and indicated what sources you have consulted so far.

REPLY: [subject] -- An answer to a previously-posted QUERY.

FYI: [subject] -- An announcement of a new product, service, or event that the editors consider of interest to subscribers.

CFP: [subject]: -- Call for Papers for a conference, conference session, or anthology. The editors will filter these to make sure that a return address is included in the message. Unless otherwise noted, please reply to that return address, not to the list, unless you wish to discuss the posting with subscribers.

CONFERENCE: [program; subject] -- Description of a conference,but without a specific call for papers.

JRNL: [title] -- An announcement of a new journal.

NEW LIST [NOT AN H-NET LIST]: -- Self-evident. H-Net frequently announces new electronic lists both affiliated and not affiliated with the organization.

COMMENT: [subject] -- A message that commences a new conversational thread or that picks up and broadens an existing thread.

H-NET REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service commissioned by H-Net.

H-California REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service commissioned by H-California.

REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service cross-posted from another, non-H-Net list.

JOBS: -- Self-evident; includes unique job opportunities, market conditions and prospects. This label also precedes the regular H-Net Job Guide, a service provided to all H-Net lists.

GRANTS: [title, grantor] -- Grant or fellowship opportunity.

V. Services Provided by H-Net/H-California

A. The H-Net Web site. H-Net's World Wide Web site is at Michigan State University:

B. The H-Net Job Guide Each week H-Net culls job postings from electronic and print sources and packages them for distribution to its lists. H-California editors send this out weekly as a "Job Guide Index" -- a list of job opportunities, with instructions on how to obtain the detailed position descriptions.

C. H-California List of Subscribers. Subscribers may obtain a copy of the current subscription list by contacting the current editor with a brief explanation of the reason for the request.

VI. Editorial Board.

H-California's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the editorial board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H- California.

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VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

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The goals of H-NET lists are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields. Announcements and calls for papers can be much more detailed, and much more timely on H-Net. The networks feature dialogues in the discipline. They commission original reviews of books, articles, software, and museum exhibits. (To get all of these, subscribe to H-REVIEW). They post syllabi, course outlines, class handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, guides to online resources, and reports on new software, data sets, cd-roms and World Wide Web sites. Subscribers write in with questions, comments, and reports, and often with mini-essays of a page or two. Our weekly Job Guide lists history jobs worldwide. Our weekly NCC reports from Washington cover developments that affect the humanities.

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