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Records of the American Society of Aesthetics: Office of Secretary-Treasurer

Series Descriptions

Series 1: Administrative records [View Box List]
Dates: Not given
Extent: 3 folders
Arrangement: By subject
This is a small series consisting of three folders: Constitution and By-laws; Ballots and election results (scattered); and Statement of Continued Existence.

Series 2: Financial records [View Box List]
Dates: 1948-1979
Extent: .3 cubic feet
Arrangement: By type of financial document, then chronologically
This series documents the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer and the general financial status of ASA. For the period 1953-1979 this documentation is in the form of audited financial statements. Detailed receipt and disbursement ledgers are available for 1958-1972. This series includes correspondence related to financial matters such as investments and annual audits. Also part of the series are scattered trust statements and IRS federal form 990 from scattered years 1948-1973.

Series 3: Membership [View Box List]
Dates: 1942-1971 (scattered)
Extent: 9 folders
Arrangement: Chronological
The Membership series is also small. It consists of sample membership recruitment brochures and letters and typed membership lists for various years. The membership roster was also published in the JAAC. Most routine correspondence regarding membership was weeded during processing and any substantive correspondence regarding membership would be found in the ASA correspondence series.

Series 4: Correspondence [View Box List]
Dates: 1943-1981
Extent: 8 folders
Arrangement: Chronological
The general ASA correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. The dates of the correspondence in this series is 1943-1981. This section of correspondence is primarily general administrative information between the Secretary-Treasurer and the other officers, members of the Board of Trustees, and prominent members or past officers. Major correspondents, in addition to Danforth and Johnson, include Thomas Munro, Helmut Hungerland and presidents of the ASA D.W. Gotshalk (1956-1958), Rudolf Arnheim (1958-1960), Van Meter Ames (1960-1962), Holcombe M. Austin (1962-1964), Isabel C. Hungerland (1964-1966), Monroe C. Beardsley (1966-1968), and Douglas N. Morgan (1968-1969). In addition to the folders of general chronological correspondence there are two topical folders. One includes correspondence with the American Council for Learned Societies, of which the ASA was a member. The second folder includes correspondence and ballots regarding the proposed Baxendall Vietnam Resolution (1967-1968).

Series 5: Annual Meetings [View Box List]
Dates: 1944-1979 [1954-1969]
Extent: .3 cubic feet
Arrangement: Chronological by meeting year
Series 5 pertains to the ASA's annual meetings. The ASA sponsored an annual meeting each October held in a different location each year. The records for the annual meetings are arranged chronologically by meeting year. Within the folder for each meeting general information is first, followed by chronologically arranged correspondence regarding the planning of the meetings. The general information may include the invitation to the meeting; travel and hotel information; schedules and a printed program; list of attendees; and agendas and minutes from two Board of Trustees meetings and a membership meeting. The second section of the annual meeting folder is primarily correspondence between the Secretary-Treasurer, the program chair and the local arrangements chair. This correspondence encompasses the planning and logistics of the meeting. There are very few records regarding the topic of the meeting or papers to be presented. There are records of annual meetings for 1944, 1954-69, with minutes only for meetings held 1970-1974, and 1978-1979.

Series 6: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (JAAC) [View Box List]
Dates: 1955-1978
Extent: .3 cubic feet
Arrangement: See below
Series 6 contains the records of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (JAAC). Though the series is mostly correspondence, there are a few subject folders that discuss copyright, advertising, production schedules, and subscription and advertising rates. The correspondence has been divided into two sections. The first is a chronologically arranged series of JAAC correspondence which is primarily administrative correspondence between the Secretary-Treasurer and the journal editors, Herbert Schueller and Helmut Hungerland. The second arrangement is filed by either by correspondent or by topic. This is a distinction made for the publishers of the journal (Waverly Press for the bulk of the years reflected in the collection) and the journals reprint publisher AMS. Also included in this section are contracts and correspondence regarding the issuance of the JAAC on microform by University Microfilms. The topical correspondence deals with specific publication projects, including the production of two indexes of the journal and translation projects. The correspondence in this section dates between 1955 and 1978.

Series 7: Audio Programs [View Box List]
Dates: 1958
Extent: 1 file folder
Arrangement: One file folder only