Society for Historians of the
Gilded Age and Progressive Era
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING AND COUNCIL OF THE SOCIETY FOR HISTORIANS OF THE GILDED AGE AND PROGRESSIVE ERA, January 3, 2003
President Ballard Campbell called the Council
Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era to
order at 5:08 p.m., January 3, 2003, in Private Dining Room 8, Palmer House
Following self introductions, Secretary-Treasurer
presented the April 12, 2002, minutes .†
They were approved with typographical corrections.†
The Council accepted the Treasurerís report showing a positive cash inflow of $14,222.29, an outflow of $13,969.64 and a checkbook balance of $13,506.28 for the 2002 calendar year, by common consent.
President Campbell reported for Journal Editor Maureen Flanagan that all of four numbers of Volume I had been published and that the editor was on track to publish Volume II, No. 1 on schedule.† Professor Flanagan had reported her decision to step down with the completion of Volume II, the beginning of 2004.† The Journal is now being indexed by ABC Clio.† There was some discussion of E-Text publication, but no decision has been made.† To date, there had been 21 submissions, 4 accepted, 5 rejected, 5 sent back with a suggestion to re-submit, and the others under evaluation.† The peer review processes has been, at best, difficult.
Allan Lessoff, Newsletter Editor, reported that the Newsletter has been sent to institutional subscribers, as well as to all members.†
President Campbell suggested that Journal and memberships should be mailed earlier than December.† The Council endorsed his observation.
Vice President, President-Elect, and Program Chair, Professor Donna Gabaccia reported that programs for the current AHA Meeting had been arranged before her election, but that she was moving ahead with sessions for subsequent meetings.† She reported that for the coming year, she had three panels under consideration for the AHA and one for the OAH.† She will work with the OAH to improve placement of sessions at those meetings, but it is difficult.
Past President Professor Walter Nugent reported that SHGAPE had been incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) not-
for-profit corporation in
It was reported that Notre Dame Professor Vincent DeSantis had made a significant donation to SHAPE.† It was suggested that the fund be used to begin an Endowment Fund for the Society.† Professor Nugent agreed to talk with DeSantis to see if that was acceptable to him.
President Campbell reported that he would continue to work with the OAH to help establish a better working relationship between SHGAPE and the OAH.† He indicated that would consult with other special interest historical societies in an effort to establish more workable relationships at annual meetings between the OAH and other Societies.
President Campbell announced committee memberships as follows:
††††††††††† Nominating Committee
††††††††††† Article Prize Committee
President Campbell announced that he would be reducing the H-SHGAPE Editorial Board to nine members as terms expired and new appointments were required.† The complete roster of SHGAPE Committees will appear in the Spring issue of the SHGAPE Newsletter.
President Campbell also reported that the Secretary-Treasurer for SHGAPE would be retiring after the OAH meeting in April and it was time to begin thinking about a successor.† He also indicated that he thought the title Secretary-Treasurer may no longer be appropriate.† He indicated that the Secretary-Treasurer actually functions as a de facto Executive director and perhaps a new title ought to reflect that.
There was a review of ways to increase subscribers to the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era President Campbell indicated that it would be appropriate to solicit chairs of history departments at research institutions across the nation.
The Council adjourned at 6:35 p.m. to attend the SHGAPE Reception.
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††††††††††† Roger D. Bridges