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Society of American Historians records, 1879-1976, bulk 1939-1976

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Series I: Administrative Records, 1939-

This series includes charters of the SAH, and minutes from annual meetings and council meetings. The minutes are arranged chronologically. Also included are membership lists, correspondence and inquiries regarding membership.


Annual Meetings, 1944-1968

(Missing 1949 and 1959)



Box 1 Folder 1-7 1944-1951, (7 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 8-13 1955-1961, (6 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 14-16 1966-1968, (3 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 17 Board--Executive, 1968


Council Meetings, 1941-1966

(Missing 1942,1949,1952, 1962-1963)


Box 1 Folder 18-27 1941-1953, (10 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 28-35 1957-1966, (8 Folders)


Charters, 1939-1960


Box 1 Folder 36-37 Certificate of Incorporation, 1939, 1960, 1939, 1960, (2 Folders)



Box 2 Folder 1 Certificate of Resolution, 1951


Box 2 Folder 2 Constitution--Draft, 1939


Box 2 Folder 3-6 Constitution and By-Laws, 1944, 1960, Undated, 1944, 1960, Undated, (4 Folders)


Membership, 1939-1975


Correspondence


Box 2 Folder 7-8 Inquiries, 1953-1975, (2 Folders)


Box 2 Folder 9 Invitation, 1939-1964


Box 2 Folder 10-11 Invitation, 1970-1975, (2 Folders)



Box 3 Folder 1 Reorganization, 1958-1960


Box 3 Folder 2-8 List, 1939, 1943-1954, 1939, 1943-1954, (7 Folders)



Box 4 Folder 1-9 List, 1956-1974, Undated, 1956-1974, Undated, (9 Folders)

Series II: Correspondence

Correspondence among SAH members regarding the general business of the SAH can be found here. The series also includes inquiries from the public regarding the activities of the SAH. Correspondence related to the magazine project was filed separately by the SAH and can be found in Series III: Magazine Project.



Box 4 Folder 10 Boyd, Julian P, 1941-1950


Clemen, Rogers


Box 4 Folder 11 Garraty, John A., 1959-1961


Box 4 Folder 12 Krout, John A., 1943-1947


Box 4 Folder 13 Nevins, Allan, 1943-1960



Box 5 Folder 1-2 Counsellors at Law, 1944-1962, (2 Folders)


Krout, John A.


Box 5 Folder 3 Freeman, Douglas, 1941-1944


Box 5 Folder 4 Nevins, Allan, 1941-1947


Box 5 Folder 5 Nevins, Allan, 1953-1959


Council and Directors, 1939-1974


Box 5 Folder 6 Appointment of Officers, 1939-1959


Box 5 Folder 7-13 Council, 1961-1967, (7 Folders)


Box 5 Folder 14-17 Directors, 1968-1974, (4 Folders)


Box 5 Folder 18-26 General, 1943-1959, (9 Folders)



Box 6 Folder 1-11 General, 1960-1975, (11 Folders)


Box 6 Folder 12-13 Inquiries, 1952-1975, (2 Folders)


Box 6 Folder 14 Inquiries--regarding Society of American Historians, 1956-1974


Projects



Box 7 Folder 1 American Heritage, 1971-1972


Box 7 Folder 2 American Presidents Project--Reader's Digest,, 1955


Box 7 Folder 3 Book Plan, 1951


Box 7 Folder 4 Fellowship, 1958


Box 7 Folder 5 Newcomen Society, 1944-1957


Box 7 Folder 6 World of History and the American Story, 1953-1957

Series III: Magazine Project

This series consists of materials related to the founding of theAmerican Heritagemagazine. The bulk of the material dates from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Included are minutes from magazine committees, correspondence and memorandum among the SAH members. This series also contains numerous fundraising letters sent to various individuals and organizations. Lists and clippings regarding prospective donors, and progress reports sent to the contributors can also be found here. Letters to and from Courtland Canby, who was in charge of the financial campaign, comprise the bulk of the correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically.

This series also contains materials relating to a 1951-1952 survey on the use of history in the mass media. The SAH presented its findings at a conference in 1952, and along with papers and speeches, research materials such as clippings, articles, and questionnaires are available. Correspondence with the Rockefeller Foundation, which funded the survey, is here as well.

Advertisements, pamphlets, prospectuses and other promotional material are included in this series.


Committee Minutes



Box 7 Folder 7 Continuing and Advisory, 1944-1953


Box 7 Folder 8 Finance, 1951


Box 7 Folder 9 Joint, 1949


Box 7 Folder 10 Liaison, 1953


Box 7 Folder 11 Magazine, 1949-1951


Box 7 Folder 12 Steering, 1949


Correspondence and Memorandum, 1941-1959


Box 7 Folder 13-18 General, 1948-1954, (6 Folders)


Box 7 Folder 19 American Heritage--Joint Sponsorship, 1954-1959


Burlingame, Roger


Box 7 Folder 20 General, 1949



Box 8 Folder 1 Canby, Henry, 1949-1950


Box 8 Folder 2 Clemen, Rudolf, 1949


Box 8 Folder 3 Pringle, Henry, 1949


Canby, Courtland


Box 8 Folder 4-11 General, 1949-1951, (8 Folders)



Box 9 Folder 1-4 General, 1950-1953, Undated, 1950-1953, Undated, (4 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 5 Applicants, 1948-1952


Box 9 Folder 6 Authors--Potential, 1949-1951


Box 9 Folder 7 Burlingame, Roger, 1949-1951


Box 9 Folder 8 Canby, Henry, 1949-1952


Box 9 Folder 9-10 Clemen, Rudolf, 1948-1953, (2 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 11-14 D-F, 1949-1950, (4 Folders)



Box 10 Folder 1-2 K, 1949-1951, (2 Folders)


Box 10 Folder 3 Keener, Ruth, 1948-1949


Box 10 Folder 4 L, 1949-1951


Box 10 Folder 5 Library of Congress--Copyright, 1949


Box 10 Folder 6-7 M, 1949-1951, (2 Folders)


Box 10 Folder 8 Nevins, Allan, 1950-1954


Box 10 Folder 9 Pringle, Henry, 1949-1951


Box 10 Folder 10-16 R-W, 1950-1951, (7 Folders)


Box 10 Folder 17 Wecter, Dixon, 1949-1950


Box 10 Folder 18 Y-Z, 1949-1951


Canby, Henry


Box 10 Folder 19 General, 1949-1954



Box 11 Folder 1 Clemen, Rudolf, 1950-1952


Box 11 Folder 2 Pringle, Henry, 1949


Box 11 Folder 3 Nevins, Allan, 1949


Clemen, Rudolf


Box 11 Folder 4 General, 1947-1952


Box 11 Folder 5 Gross, Nancy, 1950-1954


Box 11 Folder 6-7 Nevins, Allan, 1943-1955, (2 Folders)


Box 11 Folder 8 Gross, Nancy, 1950-1953


Box 11 Folder 9 History Publisher's Foundation, 1943-1953


Box 11 Folder 10 Krout, John A., 1941-1943


Box 11 Folder 11 Nevins, Allan, 1944-1952


Box 11 Folder 12 Pringle, Henry, 1948-1949


Box 11 Folder 13 Richardson Wood and Co., 1950-1951


Box 11 Folder 14 Subscription Queries, 1942-1951


Fundraising, 1944-1953


Donors--Prospective



Box 24 Folder 1 General--List--Index Cards, 1950



Box 11 Folder 15-17 General--List, 1949-1952, (3 Folders)


Foundations


Box 11 Folder 18 General, 1944-1950



Box 12 Folder 1 Ford Foundation, 1948-1953


Box 12 Folder 2 Labor Union, 1948-1950


Founders


Box 12 Folder 3 Budget Proposal, 1950


Box 12 Folder 4 List, 1948-1950


Pledges


Box 12 Folder 5-6 Original and Extension, 1950-1951, (2 Folders)


Box 12 Folder 7 Release of, 1952


Box 12 Folder 8 Stock Proposal, 1952


Dinners and Luncheons


Box 12 Folder 9 Boston, 1950


Box 12 Folder 10 California, 1950


Box 12 Folder 11 Chicago, 1950 and 1952, 1950, 1952


Box 12 Folder 12 Denver, 1950


Box 12 Folder 13-15 New York, 1949-1950, (3 Folders)


Box 12 Folder 16 Philadelphia, 1950


Box 12 Folder 17 St. Louis, 1950


Box 12 Folder 18 Texas, 1950


Box 12 Folder 19 Union League, 1950


Box 12 Folder 20 Washington, 1950



Box 24 Folder 2 Subscribers--Index Cards, 1951


History in the Mass Media, 1941-1953



Box 13 Folder 1-2 Correspondence--Rockefeller Foundation, 1941-1953, (2 Folders)


Box 13 Folder 3-6 Conference, 1952, (4 Folders)


Survey


Box 13 Folder 7 General, 1951-1952


Box 13 Folder 8-9 Periodicals, Radio, and Televisions, 1951-1952, (2 Folders)



Box 14 Folder 1 Periodicals, Radio, and Television, 1951-1952


Box 14 Folder 2-3 Television and Film, 1951-1952, (2 Folders)


Promotional, 1941-1952


History


Box 14 Folder 4 Advertisement-- New York Times Book Review,, 1951


Box 14 Folder 5 Direct Mail, 1951


Box 14 Folder 7 Dummy Copy, 1951


Box 14 Folder 8 Letters from Readers, 1952



Box 15 Folder 1 Prospectus, 1950


Horizons


Box 15 Folder 2 Prospectus, 1944


Box 15 Folder 3 "Widening Our Horizons in Time and Space,", 1944


Box 15 Folder 4 "What Makes History Readable,", 1944


Living History


Box 15 Folder 5 "A Monthly Magazine"--Henry Seidel Canby, 1948


Box 15 Folder 6 Comments--From Members, 1948


Box 15 Folder 7 "Plan for Experimental Production"--For Henry Luce, 1948


Milestones


Box 15 Folder 8 Comments, undated


Box 15 Folder 9 Prospectus, 1949


Box 15 Folder 10 Table of Contents, circa, 1949


Nevins, Allen


Box 15 Folder 11 Folkways, Undated


Box 15 Folder 12 Historical Quiz, Undated


Box 15 Folder 13 Letters to Editors, Undated


Box 15 Folder 14 News and Backgrounds, 1949


Box 15 Folder 15 Popular Misconceptions, Undated


Box 15 Folder 16 Reprints, Undated


Box 15 Folder 17 Words, 1951


Box 15 Folder 18 Projected Articles, late 1940s-early, 1950s



Box 16 Folder 1-4 Projected Articles, late 1940s-early, 1950s, (4 Folders)


Box 16 Folder 5 Report and News Release, 1941-1952


Box 16 Folder 6 Sample of Direct Mails--Other Magazines, 1950s

Series IV: History Agency

This series contains materials related to the History Agency, an organization that from 1952-1953 attempted to connect professional historians with members of the media in need of history services. In addition to correspondence and prospectuses, the series contains radio scripts that the agency prepared for the National Broadcasting Company's series,Omnibus,in 1953.



Box 16 Folder 7-8 Correspondence--Fundraising, 1952-1953, (2 Folders)


Omnibus, NBC Radio Scripts



Box 17 Folder 1 "Letters of Mozart,", 1953


Box 17 Folder 2 "Napoleon,", 1953


Box 17 Folder 3 "Roger Williams and the Tradition of Civil Liberties,", 1953


Box 17 Folder 4 "Stroke of Fate,", 1953


Box 17 Folder 5 Prospectus, 1952-1953


Box 17 Folder 6 "World of History and the American Story,", 1953-1957

Series V: Awards and Special Occasions

Correspondence, printed material and photographs related to awards and ceremonies constitute this series. The bulk of the material relates to the annual Allan Nevins Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize, and includes, primarily, submission letters from history departments and from publishers. Correspondence regarding the founding of the prizes, guest lists, photos, and reprints of speeches can also be found here.


Allan Nevins Prize



Box 17 Folder 16 List of Winners, 1960-1973


Box 17 Folder 17-20 1960 Prize-1964 Prize, 1957-1965, 1960, 1957-1965, (4 Folders)



Box 18 Folder 1-10 1965 Prize-1974 Prize, 1965-1975, 1965, 1965-1975, (10 Folders)


Francis Parkman Prize



Box 19 Folder 1 List of Winners, 1956-1973


Box 19 Folder 2-6 1955-1959, (5 Folders)



Box 20 Folder 1-9 1959-1967, (9 Folders)



Box 21 Folder 1-8 1967-1975, (8 Folders)



Box 22 Folder 10 Mock Certificate, Undated



Box 21 Folder 9 Scribner Prize, 1944-1945


Special Occasions, 1957-1976


Box 21 Folder 10 Allan Nevins Testimonial Dinner, 1957-1958


Box 21 Folder 11-13 Annual Awards Dinner, 1966-1968, (3 Folders)



Box 22 Folder 1-8 Annual Awards Dinner, 1969-1976, (8 Folders)


Box 22 Folder 9 St. Louis Breakfast, 1976

Series VI: Financial Records

This series contains annual financial statements and tax records. Financial records relating to the magazine project can be found both in this series and in Series III: Magazine Project.



Box 22 Folder 11 General, 1950-1970


Box 22 Folder 12 American Heritage Magazine, 1957-1966


Box 22 Folder 13 Magazine Account, 1948-1952


Box 22 Folder 14 Account Book, 1951-1954


Box 22 Folder 15 Correspondence, 1947-1954


Box 22 Folder 16 General Account--Reports, 1941-1961


Box 22 Folder 17 General Account--Statements and Notes, 1957-1974


Box 22 Folder 18 Tax Exemption, 1953-, 1973



Box 23 Folder 1 Tax Returns, 1967-1974


Box 23 Folder 2 Royalties, 1956-1972

Series VII: Allan Nevins--Personal Research Files, 1879-1886, Undated

A small collection of Allen Nevins' research files, which include original documents, a box of index cards and handwritten research notes on the Rockefellers, make up this series.



Box 24 Folder 3 American States during and after the Revolution--Books and Articles on--Index Cards,, Undated


Rockefeller Records



Box 23 Folder 3 Folder Notes 2-29--1875-1885, Undated


Box 23 Folder 4 Folder Notes 31-69--1886-1915, Undated


Box 23 Folder 5 Letter Book Notes--1877-1882, Undated


Box 23 Folder 6-9 Originals--1879-1886, Undated, (4 Folders)