Annual Report 2002
Decisions of the Council
At its meeting in San Francisco, January 5–6, 2002, the
Council made the following decisions.
- Appointed Wm. Roger Louis as chair of the planning committee for the National History Center.
- Asked the Professional Division to recommend an AHA archives policy for Council consideration.
- Authorized hiring temporary employees to begin processing the Association’s papers for transfer to the Library of Congress.
- Approved the 2002 appointive committee structure.
- Accepted the German Historical Institute’s application for affiliation with the AHA.
- Approved an examination of affiliation criteria and reevaluation of the Association’s relationship with affiliated societies.
- Approved revisions to the Statement on Standard’s “Statement on Plagiarism.” (see pages 40–41 of the March 2002 Perspectives).
- Endorsed the guidelines developed by the American Association of History and Computing for evaluating digital media activities in tenure, review, and promotion (see pages 32–34 of the October 2001 Perspectives).
- Approved the Professional Division’s “best practices” document on spousal/partner hiring (see page 42 of the March 2002 Perspectives).
- Expanded the eligibility criteria of the George Louis Beer Book Prize to include permanent residents of the United States.
- Approved a commendation for Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for his role in establishing the “Teaching American History” program.
- Approved AHA support for a proposal to change the name of the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History to the National Coalition for History and to establish the new coalition as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization.
- Granted permanent committee status to the Task Force on Graduate Education (TFGE) and renamed it the Committee for Graduate Students (CGS).
- Agreed to collaborate in the planning stages of the American Anthropological Association’s initiative, Understanding Race and Human Variability.
- Confirmed the Business Meeting’s recommendation to reappoint three members of the Board of Trustees to five-year terms: D. Roger Liddell, Ingalls & Snyder; R. Dyke Benjamin, senior vice president, Lazard; and C. Evan Stewart, Winston and Strawn.
- Accepted changes to the AHA’s Pacific Coast Branch’s constitution to expand its membership base to include AHA members living in the Pacific Rim, western Canada, and Mexico.
- Approved the convention director’s proposed rotational pattern for the 2007 (Midwest) and 2008 (Washington, D.C.) annual meetings.
- Established a subcommittee to review the current book prizes and the guidelines for establishing new prizes, tabling a discussion of new book prizes pending completion of the review.
- Approved revisions to the “Organization, Jurisdiction, and Operation of Association Divisions and Committees” document.
- Accepted the nominations of three scholars as the 2002 honorary foreign members, to be announced at the 2003 annual meeting.
- Modified the composition of the Joint Committee of the Honorary Foreign Member and Award for Scholarly Distinction to include the three current presidents (president-elect, president, and immediate past president).
- Charged the Research Division to consider substantial revisions to the Program Committee guidelines and policies.
- At its meeting in Washington, D.C., June 29–30, 2002, the
Council made the following decisions.
- Approved recommendations from the Task Force on Prizes to revise
the AHA policy on administration and establishment of AHA prizes
(see Note on page 53 of the September 2002 Perspectives for the
new policy on prizes).
- Directed the Research Division to develop guidelines for administration
of new research grants, made possible by growth of the several prize
- Approved nominees for the 2002 Award for Scholarly Distinction.
- Approved the budget for fiscal 2002–03.
- Approved the new guidelines for cooperation between the Council
and the Program Committee. The president-elect will serve as a liaison
between the two bodies and work with the committee chair to select
a cochair and committee members, and to shape the program to reflect
the president-elect’s research interests.
- Approved changing the terms of the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship,
decreasing the residency at the Library of Congress from three to
- Requested the Professional Division to develop a policy on management
of the AHA’s records.
- Requested the Professional Division to develop the idea of an
honorific prize for the promotion of history to be given to people
outside of the profession.
- Approved appointment of the following four members to the Board
of Editors of the American Historical Review (AHR):
Edward Alpers (UCLA), precolonial East and Central Africa, African economic and social, Portuguese Africa;
Martha Howell (Columbia Univ.), early modern Europe;
Susan Dean-Smith (Univ. of Texas at Austin), colonial Latin America;
Daniel T. Rodgers (Princeton Univ.), American cultural and intellectual.
- Granted the AHR’s request for funding for a Middle East
book review initiative.
- Approved the AHR’s recommendation to make archival material
from the Review available to researchers after 15 years. This policy
will begin with volume 108, which begins in February 2003. The Council
also agreed that older archival materials, gathered before 1988,
would also be open to researchers.
- Modified guidelines on the reviewing of edited collections in
the AHR. (see page 56 of the September 2002 Perspectives).
- Approved the creation of an “emeritus” category on
the membership form.
- Approved a short list of Indianapolis and Atlanta as possible
sites for the 2007 annual meeting.
- Approved Washington, D.C., as a possible site for the 2008 annual
- Approved New York as a possible site for the 2009 annual meeting.
If a successful package is submitted, the Council also agreed to
hold the meeting from the morning of Friday, January 2 to the evening
of Sunday, January 4, 2009, due to the timing of the holidays and
the beginning of the school semesters.
- Approved the appointment of Leon Fink (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago)
as the Local Arrangements Committee chair for the Chicago 2003 annual
- Approved Parliamentarian Michael Les Benedict’s recommendation
to amend Bylaw 7 (5) of the Association’s constitution to
add the following sentence to the paragraph pertaining to the quorum
at the annual Business Meeting of the Association: “A quorum
of twenty-five members in good standing shall be sufficient for
all other purposes.”
- Agreed to explore the possibility of electronic voting in future AHA elections.
Approved minutes from the Council’s meetings of January 3 and 6, 2002.