Publication Date

January 1, 1995

Research Division, November 5-6, 1994

The AHA's Research Division met the first weekend in November and, as usual, spent much of their time reviewing applications to one of the Association's small research grant programs. More specifically, the division reviewed 78 applications to the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant Program for Research in European, African, or Asian History and awarded a total of $5,450 to nine individuals. (See p. 25 for a list of the grant recipients.)

Other Research Division business included:

  • Review of the status of endowed prize funds and of fund-raising efforts.
  • Updates on the 1995 annual meeting and on plans for the 1996 and 1997 meetings.
  • Review of annual meeting Program Committee documents.
  • Updates on the status of the American Historical Review at Indiana University and on the search for a successor to David Ransel as editor.
  • Progress reports on the Guide to Historical Literature, the Latin American Manuscripts Project, and the Mellon journal storage project.
  • Report from the National Coordinating Committee on current advocacy issues, including the appointment of an archivist of the United States, efforts to develop a new executive order on declassification, and progress on the PROFS case.
  • Progress report from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies-AHA Task Force on Russian and East European Archives.

The division's next semiannual meeting is scheduled for April.

Committee on Minority Historians, October 23, 1994

The Committee on Minority Historians met in October and they discussed:

  • The pamphlet series they are developing entitled Teaching Diversity: Peoples of Color in America, which will include essays on women of color. Additionally, the AHA is negotiating with Temple University Press to print the pamphlets in two volumes.
  • Fundraising for the Wesley-Logan Prize for the History of the African Diaspora. Having already raised $8,000, the committee needs to raise an additional $12,000 for the award. The AHA Council has offered to match future contributions up to $5,000 in total.
  • The draft "Employment" section of the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct for the Professional Division.
  • Possibilities for an interdisciplinary, collaborative program to support minority historians in their professional development.

The committee's next meeting will be in the spring.

Committee on Women Historians, October 29, 1994

The Committee on Women Historians met in October and they discussed:

  • The pamphlet they are developing on topics in women's history from a global perspective.
  • The content and structure of the committee statement on the "Status and Hiring of Women and Minority Historians." The document should be ready for distribution next year. The report includes statistical data and analysis, which shows continuing inequities at the senior level for women and the small numbers of historians of color.
  • The development of a session for the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women on "Making Women's History: Practices of Representation-Writing, Curating, Filmmaking, and Storytelling."
  • The draft "Employment" section of the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct for the Professional Division.

The committee's next meeting is scheduled for March.

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