Publication Date

September 1, 1993

The 108th annual meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, at the San Francisco Hilton and Parc Fifty Five hotels. The hotel reservation form is included in this issue of Perspectives. The Program of the Annual Meeting will be mailed to the membership during the first week of October and will contain the meeting preregistration form. Many of the profession’s most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers and over 700 scholars, including fifty-three from abroad, will participate in the three-day meeting. In addition, over three dozen specialized societies will meet in conjunction with the AHA, sponsoring sessions, luncheons, and/or meetings, as well as joint sessions with the Association. Louise A. Tilly of the New School for Social Research will deliver the presidential address the evening of January 7 and the Association’s book awards, Awards for Scholarly Distinction, the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, the Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, the John O’Connor Film Award, and the 1993 Honorary Foreign Member will be announced.


The AHA has reserved blocks of rooms at six San Francisco hotels: the San Francisco Hilton, the Parc Fifty Five, the Hotel Nikko, the Westin St. Francis, the Galleria Park, and the Villa Florence. The Hilton, located at 333 O'Farrell Street, will serve as headquarters and house the Job Register and Book Exhibits. The Parc Fifty Five, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, will host AHA sessions and several affiliated society sessions and events. In addition, blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, and the Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street. The Parc Fifty Five and the Nikko are directly across the street from the Hilton, and the St. Francis just one block away. In addition, a limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Galleria Park, 191 Sutter Street, and the Villa Florence, 225 Powell Street, small European-style hotels where the rate is $70 per room, per night. Especially budget-conscious attendees (such as students) are encouraged to take advantage of this special rate–the walk to the headquarters hotel is a little further, but there can be substantial savings when several people share accommodations.

Reservations must be made IN WRITING on the Housing Form and mailed to the AHA Housing Bureau at P. O. Box 424279, San Francisco, CA 94142-4279 or FAXed to 415/227-2631. Requests for housing must be on the official housing form. Telephone reservations cannot be accepted. Request forms are date stamped and processed in the order received. Choice of hotel will be honored as long as the hotels requested are available. A room deposit of $125 ($250 for a one bedroom suite and $375 for a two bedroom suite) must accompany your reservation form. Make checks payable to the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, not the hotel or the AHA. You may also charge your deposit to MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. Please note, however, that your card will be charged immediately upon processing by the Housing Bureau staff. You will receive your confirmation directly from the Housing Bureau—you will not receive one from the hotel. Cancellations/change of rooms should be made in writing to the Housing Bureau until December 28; after this date, contact the hotel directly. Cancellations must be received by the hotels 72 hours prior to arrival for refund.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Housing Bureau offers AUTOFAX to meeting attendees. This procedure allows the Bureau to confirm housing requests to delegates by FAX, allowing overnight service without forms, postage, or manual processing. Delegates who select this option will receive their hotel confirmation by FAX, rather than a printed form. FAXes are transmitted to delegates provided they have given their approval and FAX number. Delegates may also receive confirmation of their changes and cancellation by AUTOFAX.


Flight Information to the AHA's Annual Meeting and a Chance to Win Free Tickets to Europe or South America: American Airlines and U.S. Air are offering discounted rates to all those attending the meeting. The fares are valid for round-trip travel between January 3 and 12. Zenith Travel Inc., 16 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016, has been designated the official travel agency and American Airlines has been designated as the official carrier for the AHA’s 1994 annual meeting. If your travel plans include a Saturday-night stayover, American is offering a 10 percent discount on coach airfares and a 5 percent discount off any reduced promotional fare. If your plans do not include staying over Saturday, January 8, American will waive that requirement and you will still be able to obtain the advantages of the lowest price fares. Please note, however, that advance purchase requirement will apply in most cases. For information and reservations on American Airlines, call 1-800-433-1790 and ask for Star file number S0114BD. The American Airlines registration desk is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight (CST). IT IS NECESSARY TO REQUEST THAT YOUR TICKET BE ISSUED BY ZENITH TRAVEL TO RECEIVE THESE SPECIAL FARES. In addition, your name will be entered into a raffle for a pair of tickets to any American Airlines destination in Europe or South America.

This year meeting attendees will also be able to use U.S. Air, who is offering the same 5 and 10 percent discounts. To make these reservations, call U.S. Air’s meeting and Convention Desk at 1-800-334-8644 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. (EST). Ask for Gold File Number 89230032 and REQUEST THAT ZENITH TRAVEL ISSUE YOUR TICKET.

Transportation from Airport to Hotels

All six hotels are located downtown a few blocks from Union Square. The SFO Airporter provides regular service between the airport and downtown for $8 one way and $14 round trip. The Airporter picks up every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. directly adjacent to the seven luggage carousels on the lower level of SFO Airport and provides direct service to the hotels. Delegates should ride Airporter Route 1.

General Information

Group Meetings and Reunions

Societies and groups that have not already made arrangements to hold sessions or other meetings should send their requests for room space as soon as possible to Sharon K. Tune, Convention Manager, AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Please specify preferred date, inclusive hours, attendance forecast, and any special equipment desired.

Business Meeting

Resolutions for the business meeting signed by twenty-five members of the Association will be accepted until December 15; those received by November 1 will take precedence and will be published in the December Perspectives and must be no more than 300 words in length. Resolutions should be sent to the Executive Director at the AHA office, with a copy to the Parliamentarian, Michael Les Benedict, 106 Dulles Hall, Ohio State University, 230 W. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

At its meeting on May 15–16, 1980, the Council adopted the following bylaw pursuant to Article VII, Section 14, of the constitution: There shall be a quorum for the annual meeting of one hundred members in good standing.

AHA Sessions

AHA sessions will be held at the Hilton and the Parc Fifty Five. The Local Arrangements Committee office and Press Room will be in the Saratoga Room and the AHA Headquarters/Staff Office in the Marin Room. The Job Register will be located in the Yosemite Ballroom. Registration desks and meal ticket cashiers are in the lobby area adjacent to the Continental Ballroom located on the ballroom level of the Hilton, one floor up from the hotel registration area. The Book Exhibits will occupy the Grand Ballroom.

AHA Registration

Advance Registration

Members are urged to preregister at the reduced rate of $40 (nonmembers $60; students and unemployed $20; precollegiate teachers $10). The preregistration form will be enclosed in the Program mailed to members in early October. Advance registration must be received by December 10.

Registration at the Meeting

The registration desks at the meeting will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on January 6; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 7; and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 8. Registration at the meeting will be $55 (nonmembers $75; students and unemployed $25; precollegiate teachers $10). Admission to all sessions, exhibits, and the job register requires a Registration Badge.

Refund Policy

Advance registrants who are unable to attend the convention may request a full refund of their registration fee if a written request is postmarked by/on January 8, 1994. No refunds will be issued for requests postmarked after January 8, 1994.

Book Exhibits

The exhibits will be located in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton and will be open January 6 from 3 to 7 p.m.; January 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and January 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Job Register

The Job Register will be located in the Yosemite Ballroom on the Ballroom level of the hotel. Hours of operation will be January 6 from 2 to 6 p.m.; January 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and January 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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