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Mar 07 2010 - 09:10 AM
Unacknowledged Co-Authors
This story in the New York Times describes the work of Dorothy Jane Mills, the wife of noted baseball historian Dr. Harold Seymour. While Seymour is widely recognized for his contribution to sports scholarship and history, the work of Mills is not. She was an unacknowledged co-author on Seymour's projects, and she is just now getting credit for her work. While this story is certainly very interesting in its own right, it also points to what I imagine to be a much bigger story. How many works of scholarship published by men in the last hundred years are not the work of one man, but the work of a partnership, or of a woman? Though J.S. Mill famously gave his wife credit for her work in the dedication page of On Liberty Harriet's contribution is still a contested issue. This is not a new insight on my part, but reading the Times, I am reminded how a well-told story can cast new light on an issue.
Posted in: FYI|By: Jeff Frank|21809 Reads