The American Society for Ethnohistory was founded as the Ohio Valley Historic Indian Conference, an interdisciplinary organization of historians, ethnologists, archeologists, and linguists. Its purpose was to promote the study of historical Indians of the Ohio Valley. In 1955, the conference became the American Indian Ethnohistoric Conference. The present name was adopted in 1966. The society's purposes, as suggested by the changes in name, have broadened and today it promotes cultural history of non-industrial people.
Donated by the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Portions of this collection are unprocessed. Please contact the archivist for further information
Earlier accessions, containing records dating from 1953-1979, have been arranged in the following proposed series: (1) Minutes of meetings, bylaws, and related documents, 1953-1966; (2) chronological correspondence files regarding meetings, 1953-1964; (3) alphabetical correspondence file regarding meetings, 1960-1964; (4) Bernard Fontana's correspondence , 1967-1970; (5) letters sent by Bernard Fontana, 1964-1965; (6) Ethnohistory subscriptions and finances, 1953-1962; (7) Ethnohistory subscriptions, 1953-1962; (8) Ethnohistory editorial correspondence regarding unused manuscipts, 1964-1968; (9) Ethnohistory editorial correspondence regarding published manuscripts, 1964-1968; (10) Ethnohistory book review correspondence, 1964-1967; (11) American Indian Ethnohistory Conference newsletter information, 1960-1963; (12) miscellany, n.d.; (13) correspondence of Harold Hickerson and Bernard L. Fontana as editors of Ethnohistory, 1968-1973; (14) records of James E. Ayres, 1971-1979; (15) correspondence and other records of Harold Hickerson about ASE business, 1965-1968; (16) correspondence and other records of William Curtis Sturtevant, 1965-1967; (17) correspondence and other records of Mary Wallace Helms, 1977-1979; (18) correspondence of Thomas B. Hinton, 1973-1967; (19) correspondence of James E. Ayres, 1977-1979
Two later accessions, containing materials dating from 1983-1994, are unprocessed
This collection consists of the records of the American Society for Ethnohistory and documents the activities of the officers of the ASE and the editors of the journal Ethnohistory. Earlier accessions, containing records from 1953-1979, include minutes, correspondence, financial records, subscription information, newsletters, and materials related to manuscript submissions and published manuscripts. Later accessions, containing records from the tenure of editor Shepard Krech (1983-1992) and secretary/treasurer William O. Autry (1986-1994), primarily contain correspondence, financial documents, contracts, minutes, newsletters, memorandums, manuscript submissions and reviewers' comments.
American Society for Ethnohistory records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland