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ACT OF INCORPORATION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Andrew D. White, of Ithaca, in the State of New York; George Bancroft, of Washington, in the District of Columbia ; Justin Winsor, of Cambridge, in the State of Massachusetts; William F. Poole, of Chicago, in the State of Illinois; Herbert B. Adams, of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland ; Clarence W. Bowen, of Brooklyn, in the State of New York; their associates and successors, are hereby created in the District of Columbia a body corporate and politic, by the name of the American Historical Association, for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical manuscripts, and for kindred purposes in the interest of American history and of history in America. Said association is authorized to hold real and personal estate in the District of Columbia so far only as may be necessary to its lawful ends to an amount not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars, to adopt a constitution, and to make by-laws not inconsistent with law. Said association shall have its principal office at Washington, in the District of Columbia, and may hold its annual meetings in such places as the said incorporators shall determine. Said association shall report annually to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution concerning its proceedings and the condition of historical study in America. Said secretary shall communicate to Congress the whole of such reports, or such portions thereof as he shall see fit. The regents of the Smithsonian Institution are authorized to permit said association to deposit its collections, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and other material for history in the Smithsonian Institution or in the National Museum at their discretion, upon such conditions and under such rules as they shall prescribe.

[Approved, January 4, 1889.]

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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION,

Baltimore, Ma., June 13, 1890. SIR: In compliance with the act of incorporation of the American Historical Association, approved January 4, 1889, which requires that “said Association shall report annually to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, concerning its proceedings and the condition of historical study in America," I have the honor to transmit herewith my general report of the proceedings of the American Historical Association at the sixth annual meeting, held in Washington, D. C., December 28–31, 1889. In addition to this general summary of proceedings, I send also the inaugural address of President Charles Kendall Adams, on “ Recent Historical Work in the Colleges and Universities of Europe and America,” together with a paper on “The Spirit of Historical Research,” by James Schouler, of Boston, the historian of the United States, and a monograph on “The Origin of the National Scientific and Educational Institutions of the United States," by Dr. G. Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in charge of the U. S. National Museum, and a bibliography of the published works of members of the American Historical Association, prepared by Paul Leicester Ford, of Brooklyn, New York. Very respectfully,

HERBERT B. ADAMS,

Secretary Prof. S. P. LANGLEY,

Secretary Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.

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