Council Decisions January 2005

At its meetings held on January 6 and 9, 2005, the AHA Council took the following decisions:

  • Approved the minutes of the June 6–7, 2004, Council meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Resolved to hire Lazard Company of New York to be the new financial investment managers of the Association.
  • Approved renominating Fay Gambee (United States Trust Company of New York) and Barbara H. Chacour (Brean Murray & Co., Inc) for the Board of Trustees. The nominations will be presented to the membership at the Business Meeting.
  • Approved the slate for the 2005 committees.
  • Resolved to have the Committee on Committees select only authors of books to serve on AHA book prize committees. This rule would not apply to the Herbert Feis Prize or the awards or prizes relating to film, teaching, mentorship, service, research grants, or fellowships, and so on.
  • Accepted the wholly revised Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct.
  • Resolved that:

    Generally speaking, the responsibility for public history, broadly defined, appropriately lies throughout the AHA, its Council, and committees. This is in keeping with the Task force on Public History’s emphasis on integrating public history throughout the profession. But in practical operational terms, in keeping with the sense of Council, the Professional Division, and the AHA staff, and in light of the Professional Division’s revised mission statement, particular responsibility for the concerns of public historians and the practice of public history lies with the Professional Division.

  • Approved a Resolution of Thanks to the Task Force on Public History (below).
  • Approved the recommendation that the Herbert Feis Prize be awarded for “distinguished contributions to public history” for the 2006 prize (which will be announced in January 2007) and thereafter.
  • Approved the nomination of Andrew Lees (Rutgers Univ., Camden) as the 2006 Local Arrangements Committee Chair.
  • Commended Philip M. Katz for his outstanding work on the Committee for the Master’s Degree in History and the Committee on Graduate Education.
  • Approved the recommendation from the Task Force on Public History that the AHA consider initiating a project to research the structure of state-level history organizations and advocacy for history at the state level.
  • Approved the recommendation from the Task Force on Public History that the Professional Division and the Council reopen the discussion about “what counts” in the work of history faculty with the goal of encouraging history departments to recognize a wide range of scholarly activities in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions.
  • Accepted the resolution passed at the Business Meeting (see box on page 31 for the text of the resolution).
  • Approved nomination of Barbara Welke (Univ. of Minnesota) as the 2007 Program Committee Chair.
  • Approved Council committee appointments: Pamela Smith assigned to the Research Division; Art Gomez assigned to the Professional Division; Anthony Grafton and Linda Kerber assigned to the Finance Committee.

Task Force Resolution

On the recommendation of the AHA’s Professional Division, the AHA Council unanimously adopted (at its meeting on January 6, 2005) the following resolution of thanks to the Task Force on Public History:

Whereas the AHA Task Force on Public History and especially its staffer Debbie Doyle and its chair Linda Shopes have brought unfailing energy, vision, and political skill to the task of rethinking the role of public history in the American Historical Association;

Whereas the task force has done a remarkable job of surveying and investigating a wide range of issues that affect historians working in a great variety of public history institutions and settings; and

Whereas the report of the task force provides an invaluable blueprint for improving the practice of public history and the circumstances of public historians, educating the profession about their work, and pointing the way for real progress in this vital domain of professional history; therefore, be it

Resolved that the AHA Professional Division and the AHA Council wish to express their deep gratitude and respect for the superb work of the Task Force on Public History.

The members of the Task Force on Public History were: Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), chair; Victoria Harden (National Institutes of Health), co-chair; Michael H. Frisch (State University of New York at Buffalo); Maureen Murphy Nutting (North Seattle Community College); Noel Stowe (Arizona State University); Jamil Zainaldin (Georgia Humanities Council); and Debbie Ann Doyle, Public History Coordinator, AHA.