The 116th and 117th Business Meetings

Note: This annual report is carrying the minutes of two business meetings of the Association—the 116th and the 117th—to correct for the anomalies resulting from a shift in the meeting dates from December to January. The minutes were compiled by Sharon K. Tune, assistant director for administration and convention director. Future reports will carry the minutes of the business meeting held immediately after the reporting year.

Minutes of the 116th Business Meeting

President Wm. Roger Louis called the annual business meeting to order at 4:56 p.m. on January 5, 2002. The meeting was held in Union Square 5 and 6 of the Hilton San Francisco. Michael Les Benedict of Ohio State University served as parliamentarian for the meeting.

Report of the Executive Director: Arnita A. Jones supplemented her written report (see page 4 of the Annual Report for 2001) with supplementary remarks. She stated that annual meeting attendance was healthy and that other budget components, such as the exhibit hall, had also done well. Ms. Jones reported that the Association’s finances were in good order and that a surplus was projected at the end of the current fiscal year. Ms. Jones informed attendees that individual membership in the Association was stable and briefed members on advocacy efforts of the AHA.

Report of the Editor: Ms. Jones presented the report of American Historical Review editor Michael Grossberg, Indiana University, who was unable to attend due to illness (see page 15 of the Annual Report for 2001 for text of the editor’s report).

Report of the Nominating Committee: Sara Nalle, William Paterson University, committee chair, reported on the action taken to deal with the impact upon the AHA election of dislocations in the distribution of District of Columbia mail caused by dislocations consequent to discovery of an anthrax-laden letters. She then announced the results of the 2001 election.

Reports of the Vice Presidents: Vice presidents Barbara D. Metcalf, University of California at Davis (Profession); Gabrielle Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University (Research); and William A. Weber, California State University at Long Beach (Teaching) each reported on the activities of their respective divisions over the course of the past year. The text of these reports is in the Annual Report for 2001.

Other business: (a) Expressions of Appreciation: Mr. Louis thanked the two groups of volunteers that had worked so diligently to make the annual meeting a success: the Program Committee, chaired by Philippa Levine of the University of Southern California, and co-chair Paul Ropp of Clark University, and the Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by William N. Bonds of San Francisco State University, as well as the AHA staff.

(b) Election of members to Board of Trustees: Members present unanimously approved Council’s nominations to reappoint R. Dyke Benjamin, Lazard; D. Roger B. Liddell, Ingalls & Snyder LLC; and C. Evan Stewart, Winston and Strawn, to five-year terms on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Liddell will serve as chairman of the Board.

In concluding his term as president, Mr. Louis observed that he appreciated the confidence the membership had placed in him in electing him president. Accepting the gavel from Mr. Louis, Ms. Hunt expressed gratitude to Mr. Louis. As there was no further business, Ms. Hunt declared the meeting adjourned at 5:41 p.m.

Minutes of the the 117th Business Meeting

President Lynn Hunt called the annual business meeting to order at 4:50 p.m. on January 4, 2003, in the Joliet Room of the Hilton Chicago. Michael Les Benedict of Ohio State University served as parliamentarian for the meeting.

Report of the Executive Director: Arnita A. Jones supplemented her written report (see pages 4–6), stating that the Washington, D.C., headquarters building, a 19th-century rowhouse, was in good shape following completion of several major projects. She noted that the building would require less expenditure in the future and that the staff would next address the organization’s archives. Ms. Jones observed that the Association’s financial status was sound, and that the end-of-year financial statement should conclude with a small surplus. She reported that the Committee on Graduate Education report had been presented to the AHA Council for approval at its recent meeting, and thanked committee chair Colin Palmer, secretary Thomas Bender, research director Phillip M. Katz, and AHA staff members Miriam Hauss and Robert Townsend. In concluding her report, Ms. Jones thanked staff members for their diligent work on the annual meeting.

Report of the Editor of the AHR: Michael Grossberg stated that the journal continued to be produced in a timely manner and that the staff continued to develop an understanding of what it means to produce in print and online. He noted that the staff had begun to upgrade the AHR server and the database used to store information about potential book review authors, books under review, and article manuscript information. The text of the editor’s report is on pages 11–12 of this annual report.

Report of the Nominating Committee: Gary Kates, Pomona College, chair of the 2002 Nominating Committee, announced the results of the 2002 election. The committee’s report appeared in the January 2003 Perspectives and will be published—with additional details—in the annual report for 2003.

Reports of the Vice Presidents: Vice presidents Gabrielle Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University (Research); William A. Weber, California State University at Long Beach (Teaching); and William D. Cronon, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Profession) reported on their respective divisions activities and projects. The text of their reports is on pages 7–10 of this annual report.

Other business: (a) Expressions of Appreciation: Ms. Hunt thanked Association members who had worked unstintingly on the 117th annual meeting: the Program Committee, chaired by Anand A. Yang of the University of Washington and cochaired by Margaret Washington of Cornell University, and the Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Leon Fink of the University of Illinois at Chicago and cochaired by Ann Durkin Keating of North Central College. She also expressed gratitude to Convention Director Sharon K. Tune and the AHA staff for their efforts.

(b) Reading of Statement: Ian C. Fletcher, cochair of affiliated society MARHO: The Radical Historians’ Organization, read a statement drafted on January 3, 2003, by a newly formed ad hoc group, “Historians against the War.” The statement, which had been signed by more than 500 historians by the time it was presented at the business meeting, declared: “We historians call for a halt to the march toward war against Iraq. We are deeply concerned about the needless destruction of human life, the undermining of constitutional government in the United States, the egregious curtailment of civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and the obstruction of world peace for the indefinite future.”

Concluding her term as president, Ms. Hunt introduced Mr. McPherson. Accepting the gavel and noting there was no further business, Mr. McPherson declared the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.