About Us – FAQs

Welcome to HistoryAccess.com,
good stuff for lovers of history and biography.

Q. How many history and biography articles do you have here?

A. More than 100. We offer three main departments:

Q. What is the goal of HistoryAccess.com?

A. We of the 21st century are cut off from much wisdom of the past by the blitz of speed and technology. History is often regarded as quaint and/or inaccessible. HistoryAccess.com provides readable and accurate information about who we have been, with an eye toward expanding awareness of who we are, who we can be, and what we face.

Three quotes serve as our guiding lights:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychologist: “To discard the hard-won information on how to live accumulated by our ancestors, or to expect to discover a viable set of goals all by oneself, is misguided hubris.”

Eva Bovenzi, artist: “We are well educated in product, social commentary, and speed, but poorly educated in process, history, and slowness.”

Bertrand Russell, philosopher: “Out of the night come the voices of those who have gone before, clear and courageous; and so through the ages they march, a mighty procession, proud, undaunted, unconquerable. To join in this glorious company, to swell the immortal paeon of those whom fate could not subdue – this may not be happiness; but what is happiness to those whose souls are filled with that celestial music? To them is given what is better than happiness: to know the fellowship of the great, to live in the inspiration of lofty thoughts, and to be illumined in every perplexity by the fire of nobility and truth.”

Q. Who runs HistoryAccess.com?

A. The site’s founder and editor-in-chief is Henry Frost, a journalist and speaker based in Oakland, California. Henry has written many dozens of history articles for major U.S. magazines, including Biography during its short-but-happy life as a mass-circulation monthly (1997-2003). Henry was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was educated in public schools there and at Brown University. He worked for many years as a contributing writer for West, the former Sunday magazine of the San Jose Mercury News. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the National Book Critics Circle.

Q. How can I contact you with comments?

A. Write to us here with comments, suggestions, gripes, error corrections, broken links, etc. We read and respond to every letter.

Q. Who are the site’s writers?

A. Henry is the main writer. Also contributing articles are Charles Matthews, an author, critic, blogger, and former editor for the San Jose Mercury News; J. Brent Norlem, a journalist, historian, and teacher based in Minnesota; Steven G. Kellman, a professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas – San Antonio; and Peter Richardson, a lecturer at San Francisco State University. In addition, we include selections from the likes of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edward Gibbon, Barbara W. Tuchman, and Will and Ariel Durant. See here for listings of each writer’s pieces.

Q. Any other details you would like to mention?

A. Yes, these:

* Text and photographs by Henry Frost are copyrighted by him. He has slightly altered some of his material from its original published form. Text by Charles Matthews is copyrighted by him and has similarly been slightly altered from its original form. Text by J. Brent Norlem, Steven G. Kellman, and Peter Richardson, written for this site, is copyrighted by them. Some other material at this site is copyrighted by various parties; some stuff here is out of copyright.

* Thank you for visiting.