Publication Date

September 1, 1989

Perspectives Section

AHA Annual Meeting

The 104th annual meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, at the San Francisco Hilton and Tower. The reservation form for hotel accommodations is included as a removable insert of Perspectives. The printed program for the meeting, which will be mailed to the membership during the first week of October, will contain the meeting preregistration form.

Many of the profession’s most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers—over 700 scholars, including 60 from abroad, will participate in the three-day meeting. In addition, over two dozen specialized societies will meet in conjunction with the AHA. Each society will hold its own sessions, luncheons and/or meetings, as well as some joint sessions with the Association. Louis R. Harlan of the University of Maryland, College Park will deliver his presidential address the evening of December 28, when the Association’s book awards, the Awards for Scholarly Distinction, and the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award will be announced.


General Information and Registration

All AHA sessions will be held at the Hilton. The Local Arrangements Committee office and press room will be in the Marin Room and the AHA Headquarters/Staff Office in the Saratoga Room. The job register will be located in the Yosemite Ballroom. Registration desks and meal ticket cashiers will be 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.


Advance Registration

Members are urged to preregister at the reduced rate of $40.00 (nonmembers $50.00; students and unemployed $16.00). The preregistration form will be enclosed in the Program mailed to members in early October. Advance registration must be received by December 8.

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 Professor Peter Pierson, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee. Please specify preferred date, inclusive hours, attendance forecast, and any special equipment desired. Dr. Pierson’s address is: Department of History, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

Business Meeting

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

Travel Grants for Foreign Graduate Students

The AHA has received a grant from the U. S. Information Agency through its Short-Term Enrichment Program (STEP). Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the grant allows the AHA to assist foreign graduate students in full-time study at U.S. institutions of higher learning to attend the AHA’s annual meeting in December. STEP awards can only be made to self-sponsored foreign graduate students. Recipients are ineligible if they are receiving any U.S. government funds for either academic or travel expenses. Foreign graduate students in refugee, immigrant, or tourist visa status are also ineligible, as are students who have received STEP awards in the past. The maximum award will be $300 and the deadline for application this year is November 1, 1989. Further information may be obtained from Sharon K. Tune, Executive Assistant, AHA, 400 A St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003.


The AHA has reserved a substantial block of rooms at the San Francisco Hilton, the Westin St. Francis, and the Galleria Park hotels. The Hilton, located at One Hilton Square, will serve as headquarters, and all AHA sessions, the job register, and the exhibit hall will be located there. Affiliated society meetings, sessions, and luncheons are scheduled at both the Hilton and the St. Francis, which is just one block from the Hilton on Union Square. The Galleria Park Hotel, located at 191 Sutter St., a small European-style hotel five blocks from the Hilton. Rates there will be $50.00 per room, per night, regardless of the number persons staying in each room. Budget-conscious attendees (such as students) are encouraged to take advantage of this special rate—the walk to the headquarters hotel is a little longer, but there will be substantial savings if 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 5612, San Francisco, CA 94101. The bureau upon receipt will send an acknowledgement informing you of your hotel assignment. The acknowledgement will be a computer-printed form. The bureau will also send copies to the Association, the hotel, and will retain a copy for its records. The acknowledgement is followed by an actual confirmation from the hotels. No telephone reservations will be accepted. All changes should be made directly with the hotel—the telephone number will appear on your housing confirmation. Cancellations should be made directly with the Housing Bureau in writing up to fifteen days prior to the meeting; within the last fifteen days, cancel directly with the hotel.



American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will offer discounted rates to all those attending the meeting. The fares are valid for round-trip travel between December 26 and 30, and do not require a Saturday night stayover. For information and reservations on American Airlines, call 1-800-433-1790 and ask for Star file number 06D9BD. The American Airlines registration desk is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to midnight (CST). For Delta Air Lines information and reservations, call 1-800-221-2786 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday-Friday and ask for special agent Keith Temke, extension 569. You must make reservations through the 800 numbers to be eligible for a discount. Tickets will be issued and mailed directly by Zenith Travel Inc., 16 East 34th St., New York, NY 10016.. Airline reservations must be made no later than Ten days prior to departure.

Transportation from Airport to Hotels

The San Francisco Hilton, the Westin St. Francis, and the Galleria Park hotels are located in downtown San Francisco a few blocks from Union Square. The SFO Airporter provides regular service between the airport and the downtown area for either $5.00 one way or $8.00 round trip. The Airporter picks up passengers immediately outside the baggage claim areas at the airport and takes guests directly to the three hotels every 20 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.