One record made for
the American Historical Association by the Historical Service Board was closed
on December 31 when the Board went out of existence. One study room in the Annex
and one staff member on part time have been retained 'for a few months until the
last discussion pamphlet approved by the Board and the' War Department is through
the press. When the Japanese war ended, the education find information branch
of the Army agreed with the Board officers on a fifty per cent cut in the topics'
under preparation, keeping in the first line those already far advanced. The total
list issued, about forty-four in all, is printed in the Council minutes, page
6 below. We shall turn back to the Treasury`a considerable sum, although the monthly
payments on this year's contract were only one third of what they were in the
last fiscal year. The files of the Board as part of the archives of the Association
will be deposited with the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. The
record is a highly creditable one and the War Department, through General Frederick
Osborn and' Colonel Francis Spaulding, has voiced not once but often their apprecia-tion
of the Association's co-operation in this part of the Army program of mass education.
The Council has expressed to the individual members of the Board and to' its staff
its own word of commendation for the way in which they have discharged the commission
given them in September, 1943. Not all of the Board were members'of the American
Historical Association but all have been jealous guardians of the good name of
the Association which stood sponsor for their work.