Council Decisions 2004

January 2004

At its meetings held on January 8 and 11, 2004, the AHA’s Council reached the following decisions:

Approved minutes of the meeting held May 3–4, 2003, in Washington, D.C.

Approved the Committee on Committees 2004 structure (see pages 16–18 of this report for the complete list).

Approved the application of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women to become an affiliated society of the AHA.

Approved a fixed date for the Washington, D.C., spring Council meeting, which will now be held on the first weekend in June each year.

Approved cosponsorship of a summer workshop with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The workshop is titled “ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online—Science and Technology.”

Approved cosponsorship with the Library of Congress of an international workshop on history textbooks, “Stories of Our Nation, Footprints of our Souls: What History Textbooks Convey to the Middle School and High School Audience.” The date(s) of the workshop will be announced later.

Approved support for continuing the work of the Committee on Master’s Degrees in History and the implementation of recommendations from The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century.

Approved the nomination of Maureen Murphy Nutting as the AHA representative to the National History Center’s Board of Directors.

Approved moving the deadline of the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship from January 15 to March 15.

Recommended that staff start exploring the possibility of electronic balloting for annual elections.

Recommended that staff investigate possibility of online submissions of proposals for sessions at the annual meeting.

Ratified the amended constitution of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

Accepted the report from the Task force on Public History.

Commended the Committee on Graduate Education for its report, The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century.

Accepted the “Resolution Affirming Free Speech” and the “Resolution regarding Yale University and the Graduate Employee and Students Organization (GESO),” which were adopted at the 118th Business Meeting.

June 2004

At its meeting held June 5–6, 2004, in Washington, D.C., the AHA Council reached the following decisions:

Approved minutes of the meetings held on January 8th and 11th, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

Approved nominees for the 2004 Awards for Scholarly Distinction (which will be announced at the 2005 annual meeting in Seattle).

Approved the nomination for the recipient of the second Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

Approved the fiscal 2004–05 Budget.

Approved the Program Committee for the 2006 annual meeting:

Co-chairs: Celia Applegate (Univ. of Rochester) and Kären Wigen (Stanford Univ.)

Gary Gerstle (Univ. of Maryland, College Park)

Dena Goodman (Univ. of Michigan)

Claudio Lomnitz (New School)

Nancy McTygue (Vacaville High School, California)

Patricia Ann Palmieri (Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY)

Patricia Pelley (Texas Tech Univ.)

Stephen Rapp (Georgia State Univ.)

Ray Smock (Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies)

Jeffrey Wasserstrom (Indiana Univ.)

The co-chairs of the 2007 Program Committee, selected by the president-elect for 2005 (who is elected in November 2004), will also serve as members of the 2006 Program Committee.

Approved selection of Maureen Murphy Nutting as the chair of the Local Arrangements for the 2005 Annual Meeting.

Agreed to join JSTOR in submitting an amicus curiae brief on behalf of National Geographic Society in the legal case Faulkner v. National Geographic, 294 F. Supp. 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003).

Discussed—and agreed with the tenor of—the Professional Division’s preliminary draft revisions to the Statement on Standards and Professional Conduct

Requested all AHA committees to revisit their mission statements every three years and to work with Council to establish their long-term agendas.

Approved changes to the Annual Meeting Guidelines, including new procedures for submitting proposals, and agreed to the concept of slowly expanding the number of sessions.

Requested the Research Division to write a statement on the importance of peer review.

Approved a new document specifying Fiduciary Trust International as the financial managers of the AHA, to replace the original document lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

Approved the Teaching Division’s plans for implementing the Committee on Graduate Education’s report Education for Historians for the Twenty-first Century.

Approved the American Historical Review’s new members to the Board of Editors:

Norman Naimark (Stanford Univ.), eastern Europe

Kathleen Canning (Univ. of Michigan), modern Europe

Vanessa R. Schwartz (Univ. of Southern California), historical methods

Leila Fawaz (Tufts Univ.), world history.

Approved re-revised mission statement for the Committee on Women Historians.

Approved audiotaping of the Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting if needed for record keeping. The tapes will not be released and will be destroyed after one year.

Directed the AHA Executive Committee to prepare a statement on the nomination and approval process for the Archivist for the United States.

Endorsed statement reiterating support for the federal Office of Human Research Protection’s exclusion of oral history from Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight.

Approved change to bylaw to the AHA constitution to allow electronic balloting in AHA elections. The new bylaw states:

13. Bylaw pursuant to Article VII, section 5; Article VIII, section 2–4; and Article X: Mail ballots authorized by the Constitution and Bylaws may be circulated by standard or electronic means.

Endorsed a contract between the Library of Congress and the AHA regarding processing and storage of, and access to, the AHA archives housed in the library’s facilities.

Recommended the creation of a web site task force to aid in the transition to the new AHA web site.