To explain some of the context for the
decision to accept the pamphlets as a project, the selection of authors and topics,
and the difficulties encountered in their preparation, we include the following
documents. It is worth noting that the series introduction and all of the minutes
of meetings in this site were prepared by the executive secretary, Guy Stanton
Ford, whose 19th-century style of writing makes the prose sound a bit arcane.
special meeting organized and paid for by the War Department, at which the Association
agreed to prepare the pamphlets.
receives a preliminary report on the formation of the Historical Service Board
in Washington D.C., under the directorship of Theodore C. Blegen (on leave from
his position as Dean at the University of Minnesota).
weighs whether to renew the contract for the Board, given difficulties in getting
the pamphlets into print. It might reflect some concern on the Army’s part about
whether the AHA would agree to renew that Major General Frederick Osborn of the
Army’s Morale Services Division came to the meeting to make a formal request.
The Association agrees, but Blegen resigns as Director.
further review of the series and its ongoing difficulties, after Guy Stanton Ford
assumed the directorship following Blegen's return to Minnesota.
final report on the conclusion of the Historical Services Board by Ford.