Annual Meeting

1989 Annual Meeting, San Francisco

AHA Staff | Oct 1, 1989

The 104th AHA annual meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, at the San Francisco Hilton and Tower. The reservation form for hotel accommodations is included in this 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 and over 700 scholars, including forty from abroad, will participate in the three-day meeting. In addition, over two dozen specialized societies will be meeting in conjunction with the AHA. Each society will be holding its own sessions, luncheons and/or meetings, as well as some joint sessions with Association. Louis R. Harlan of the University of Maryland College Park will deliver his presidential address the evening of December 28 and the Association's book awards, the Awards for Scholarly Distinction, and the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award will be announced.


The AHA has reserved a substantial blocks 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 booth 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. A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the Galleria Park Hotel, located at 191 Sutter Street, a small European-style hotel five blocks from the Hilton. Rooms rates will be $50.00 per room, per night, regardless of number staying in each room. 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 will be a 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 5610, San Francisco, CA 94101. The bureau upon receipt will send an acknowledgement to the individual informing them of their hotel assignment. The acknowledgement is a four-part computer printed form with copies sent to the Association, the hotel and the individual. The fourth part is retained by the Housing Bureau for its records. The acknowledgement is followed by an actual confirmation of 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 are offering 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. 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 1-800-241-6760 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (EST) seven days a week.

You must make reservations through the 800 number to be eligible for a discount. Tickets will be issued and mailed directly by Conferences and Conventions, 404 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018. Airline reservations must be made no later than 10 days prior to departure.

Transportation from Airport to Hotels

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

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.

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, Professor 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.

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 is $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 Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

General Information

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 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 $40.00 (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.

Registration at the Meeting

The registration desks at the meeting will be open from noon to 7:00 p.m. on December 27; from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 28 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 29. Admission to all sessions, exhibits, and the job register requires a Registration Badge.

Book Exhibits

The exhibits will be located in the Grand Ballroom level of the Hilton and will be open December 27 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; December 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on December 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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