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A Glimpse into the AHA's Past

These pictures offer a glimpse into the long and rich history of the American Historical Association. They provide a visual history of the AHA’s founding documents, annual meeting, National History Center, famous members, publications, and pictures displayed in the AHA’s headquarters’ office.

1990 Troyer Steel Anderson winner, Willie Lee Rose at the 1994 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Unknown office of the American Historical Association.

Former AHA President Guy Stanton Ford, 1937. Text reads, "A PRESIDENTIAL RETURN Professor Guy Stanton Ford of the University of Minnesota came to Brown as a member of the famous Survey Committee. When he was here last month ,it was as president-elect of the American Historical Association, convened at Brown."

Stefan Tanaka with 2 unknown individuals at the 1996 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.

Gabrielle Spiegel, president of the American Historical Association in 2008.

Jonathan Spence awarding a prize at the 2005 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Joseph Miller, president of the American Historical Association in 1998.

James McPherson, president of the American Historical Association in 2003.

Brian Lamb, founder, executive chairman, retired CEO of C-SPAN, and 2004 Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award Recipient.

John Hope Franklin being awarded a medal from President Bill Clinton, September 29, 1995. Official White House Photograph.

J. Franklin Jameson's Gravestone. Text reads, "J. Franklin Jameson 1859-1937 Sara Eliz. Jameson 1865-1943".

Sheldon Hackney, President, University of Pennsylvania.

James Grossman, executive Director of the American Historical Association.

Typical sign placed outside each session with the session title and room location. Text reads, "A National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity Hilton, International Ballroom South".

Executive Director, Arnita Jones, and Former President, James Sheehan, presenting what looks to be the Roosevelt-Wilson Award at a past annual meeting

Founding members of the American Historical Association, Seated (L to R) William Poole, Justin Winsor, Charles Kendall Adams (President), George Bancroft, John Jay, and Andrew Dickson White, Standing (L to R) are Herbert B. Adams and C. W. Bowen.

William Cronon, president of the American Historical Association in 2012.

American Historical Association presidents Natalie Zemon Davis (1987) and Linda K. Kerber (2006).