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Society for the History of Discoveries Records:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Society for the History of Discoveries.
Title: Society for the History of Discoveries Records
Dates: 1961-1995
Abstract: The Society for the History of Discoveries was organized in 1960 for the purpose of stimulating interest in teaching, research, and publishing in the history of geographical exploration. Members are comprised of historians, geographers, archivists, non-affiliated scholars, and lay people with an interest in history, geography, and exploration. This collection contains correspondence (1984-1994), membership brochures, forms and lists, (1973-1994), election ballots (1992-1995), annual meetings programs, registrant lists, papers, and abstracts (1962-1995), tax records (1984-1994), and ledgers (1962-1992). Correspondence topics include society business, membership concerns, the Vigneras Papers, and the society's essay contest. Of particular significance are photocopies of the 1961 files of Wilcomb E. Washburn, President of the organization from 1963 to 1964, which document the first year of the organization's history. The president's files also include correspondence concerning Society of the History of Discoveries by-laws, proposals concerning joint sessions between the society and other organizations, proposed articles of association, a proposal for the University of Texas at Arlington to sponsor the society's journal, papers submitted for the essay contest, and papers by Douglas Peck and Keith Pickering.
Identification: AR398
Extent: 4 boxes (1.8 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The Society for the History of Discoveries was organized in 1960 for the purpose of stimulating interest in teaching, research, and publishing in the history of geographical exploration. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography. Members are comprised of historians, geographers, archivists, non-affiliated scholars, and lay people with an interest in history, geography, and exploration. The society publishes Terrae Incognitae, a semiannual collection of research papers and book reviews on the topics of geographic discoveries, geographic exploration, and the techniques, impact, and literature of discoveries. Annual meetings are held in the fall where papers by members are presented on subjects related to their areas of interest and expertise.

Source: Society for the History of Discoveries. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.sochistdisc.org/index.htm


Scope and Contents

Records contain correspondence (1984-1994), membership brochures, forms and lists (1973-1994), election ballots, (1992-1995), annual meetings programs, registrant lists, papers, and abstracts (1962-1995), tax records (1984-1994), and ledgers (1962-1992). The records of the society were combined from two sources: Eric Wolf, Secretary-Treasurer (1991-1995) and Dr. Dennis Reinhartz, Vice-President and President (1993-1995). The bulk of the material is the correspondence and membership information received from Wolf and Reinhartz for the years 1991 to 1994. Correspondence topics include society business, membership concerns, the Vigneras Papers, and the society's essay contest. Of particular significance are photocopies of the 1961 files of Wilcomb E. Washburn, President of the organization from 1963 to 1964, which document the first year of the organization's history. The president's files also include correspondence concerning Society of the History of Discoveries by-laws, proposals concerning joint sessions between the society and other organizations, proposed articles of association, a proposal for the University of Texas at Arlington to sponsor the society's journal, papers submitted for the essay contest, and papers by Douglas Peck and Keith Pickering.


Organization

The Society for the History of Discoveries Records consist of 58 folders arranged in five series:
Series I. Correspondence (10 folders),1984-1994, bulk 1991-1994: Arranged chronologically. Correspondence covering several dates which was originally stapled together has been kept together and filed by the earliest date. Material primarily includes correspondence received and sent by Barbara McCorkle, who was the Society's Secretary from 1978 to 1991, and current Secretary-Treasurer, Eric Wolf, who was elected to this office in 1991. Also included is correspondence received from and sent by Sanford Bederman, President (1990-1992), Carol Urness, President(1987-1989), and David Buisseret, Vice President, (1990-1992) and President (1993). Topics cover membership issues, Society business, the Society's Essay Contest, the Vigneras papers, and articles and correspondence related to Christopher Columbus. Material also includes the transition correspondence between Barbara McCorkle and correspondence between Barbara McCorkle and Eric Wolf (June 1991 - February 1992), 1961 documents sent to Eric Wolf in 1994 by Wilcomb E. Washburn, President (1963-1964), and correspondence between SHD officers and Wayne State University Press (1984-1992) concerning the printing of Terrae Incognitae.
Series II. Members (26 folders), 1973, 1988-1995, bulk 1992-1994: Arranged chronologically. This series is divided into two subseries: Memberships and Ballots. Membership files include old membership lists that Barbara McCorkle sent to Eric Wolf, a list and donation forms from members who contributed to the 1991 Scholarship Fund, and membership dues forms in alphabetical order for the years 1992, 1993, and 1994. Many of these forms contain personal information regarding the members and their areas of interest or expertise. Correspondence and membership forms on new members are included for the years 1992-1995. In the subseries Ballots, sample ballots and election result tally sheets are included for the years 1992-1995. Biographical information arranged alphabetically is included for candidates in the 1993 elections.
Series III. Annual Meetings (12 folders),1962, 1991-1995, bulk 1991-1995: Arranged chronologically. Contains programs, lists of registrants, agendas, financial reports and correspondence relating to the annual meetings. Also included are papers and abstracts of papers submitted for meeting programs. Abstracts are listed alphabetically by author for each year except 1992, when Eric Wolf assigned each abstract a number, and these were kept in their original order.
Series IV. Financial Records (2 folders), 1962-1994, bulk 1989-1992: Arranged chronologically. Records include 1099 forms from financial institutions used by the SHD for the years 1979, 1984-1994, and ledgers dating from 1962 thru 1992.
Series V. The President's Files (7 folders),1992-1995: Arranged chronologically. Correspondence received by Dr. Dennis Reinhartz, Vice President of the Society for the History of Discoveries, 1993, and President, 1994 and 1995. Topics include papers written by members, Terrae Incognitae, future meeting sites, the Vigneras material, the SHD Essay Contest, SHD bylaws, the European Expansion and Reaction Forum, Arne Molander's article, "Columbus and the Lunar Distance," a proposal for a joint session between the American Historical Association and the SHD, and a joint meeting between the SHD and the Hakluyt Society. Also includes proposed articles of association, correspondence related to bringing Terrae Incognitae to the University of Texas at Arlington, essays from the 1995 SHD Essay Contest, papers written by Douglas T. Peck, and a paper by Keith Pickering. There is also a Treasurer's Report dated July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1993.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Society for the History of Discoveries--Records and correspondence.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Related Material

AR346: Society for the History of Discoveries Records, 1960-1991


Separated Material

The following materials were deaccessioned from the Society for the History of Discoveries Records when the collection was processed: Duplicates, 1991 membership forms with names and addresses only, election ballots returned by members for elections held in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995, newsletters, brochures, exhibit and meeting announcements from other organizations saved by Eric Wolf for possible inclusion in the SHD newsletter, receipts from 1979-1994, deposit tickets from 1981-1994, and account statements and canceled checks from 1981-1994.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The materials in The Society for the History of Discoveries Records were donated by Eric W. Wolf, Secretary of the Society from 1992-1995, and Dr. Dennis Reinhartz, President of the Society in 1994 and 1995. Both sets of records were received by Dr. Gerald Saxon. The records of Eric W. Wolf were accessioned on July 23, 1995, as accession number 96-19. The files of Dr. Dennis Reinhartz were accessioned on March 4, 1996, as accession number 96-20. These two accessions have been processed together as one collection.

Citation

Society for the History of Discoveries Records, AR398, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1995. Accessioned as number 96-19, 96-20.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Correspondence, 1984-1994, bulk 1991-1994

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, January 1988
Contains letter sent to all SHD members with dues notice and membership list, January 1988. The dues notice and membership list were not attached to this letter.
2 Correspondence, 1990
Contains correspondence to Barbara McCorkle from Betty Cumming regarding her late husband, Dr. William Patterson Cumming, and correspondence between Sanford Bederman, David Quinn and Jeff Read regarding L. A. Vigneras' papers, as well as letters to and from Barbara McCorkle regarding membership issues and Society business.
3 Correspondence, January-July 1991
Contains correspondence received and sent by Barbara McCorkle regarding Society business and membership issues, including requests for membership lists.
4 Correspondence, August-December 1991
Contains correspondence received and sent by Barbara McCorkle and Eric Wolf regarding Society business and membership issues, such as requests for membership lists. Also included is correspondence (October 21) from Dr. Arthur Schwartz with articles on Christopher Columbus, and a December letter sent to all Society members by David Buisseret regarding the Columbian Quincentenario.
5 Correspondence, January-May 1992
Contains correspondence primarily received and sent by Eric Wolf, with a few letters received and sent by Barbara McCorkle. Topics include Society business and membership issues, such as requests for membership lists and the SHD Essay Contest, as well as letters from students. Also included is correspondence (February 14) and an article by Richard Gaettens on "Christophoro Colombo", correspondence on the Vigneras' papers, and correspondence with a press release regarding the Center for the Columbia River History.
6 Correspondence, June-December 1992
Contains correspondence primarily sent and received by Eric Wolf with letters forwarded to Eric Wolf by Barbara McCorkle. Topics include SHD business, such as requests for labels, the SHD Essay contest, and student requests; a visit to the United States from Germaine Warkentin, Professor of English at the University of Toronto; correspondence with abstract by Carols Perez Martinez on "Columbus, Astronomical Navigator"; and correspondence from Norman J. Thrower with a bibliography of his published works and biographical sketch.
7 Correspondence, 1993-1994
Contains correspondence sent and received by Eric Wolf. Topics include student requests, SHD business, and the SHD Essay Contest. Also, included are correspondence with a review of Dr. Raymond Fisher's translation and annotation of Divin's biography of Chirikov, correspondence with a November address list of members in Maryland, Virginia, and the D.C. area, and correspondence and a brochure regarding the maps for sale by the Royal Geographic Society in London.
8 Transition Correspondence, 1991-1992
Contains correspondence between Barbara McCorkle, outgoing Secretary-Treasurer of the SHD, and Eric Wolf, incoming Secretary-Treasurer, regarding membership records and current accounts.
9 Correspondence With 1991 Documents, 1994
Contains correspondence dated December 1994 from Wilcomb E. Washburn, President of the SHD from 1963-1964, to Eric Wolf, with copies of documents from the first year of the SHD's existence. Also included is 1961 correspondence from Whitcomb Washburn to Captain Antonio Estacio dos Rios. Copies of original documents include correspondence regarding the organization of the Society, the annual newsletter, and general correspondence sent by Wilcomb Washburn.
10 Wayne State Correspondence, August 1984 - June 1993
Correspondence between SHD officers and Wayne State University Press concerning the printing of Terrae Incognitae, particularly volume no. 15, the Christopher Columbus issue, which was published in book form with the title, In The Wake of Columbus. Fees and royalty statements are attached to some correspondence.



Members, 1973, 1988-1995, bulk 1992-1994

Box Folder
1 11 Membership Forms, undated
Contains blank membership forms and boards with layout changes.
12 Members, 1973
Contains membership list sent with ballot for 1974 annual meeting location. Also included is a leaflet inviting prospective members to join.
13 Members, 1989 (?)
Contains an alphabetical membership list from Barbara McCorkle. Label on original file folder indicated that the list was probably from 1989.
Box Folder
2 1 Old Membership Lists From Barbara McCorkle, 1988, 1990, undated
Contains computer generated lists of members that Barbara McCorkle gave to Eric Wolf. The original label on this file read "Old Membership Lists from Barbara." Lists are arranged chronologically and include lists marked "Inactive members 1/1/88," "Records deleted 5/23/90," and "Inactive Membership Records deleted 12/27/90." Seven short, undated lists are also included, as well as one printout titled "Nederlands Scheepsvaartsmuseum Bibliotheek."
2 Transition Membership Lists From Barbara McCorkle, 1991
Contains lists dated 1991 sent to Eric Wolf from Barbara McCorkle with transition correspondence.
3 Scholarship, Fund Donations, 1991
Contains list and forms from SHD members who contributed to the Essay Contest Fund.
4 Members, A-C, 1992
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
5 Members, D-H, 1992
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
6 Members, I-O, 1992
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
7 Members, P-Z, 1992
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
8 New Members, 1992
Contains correspondence and membership forms arranged alphabetically from members who joined the SHD in 1992.
9 Members, A-D, 1993
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
10 Members, F-L, 1993
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
11 Members, M-R, 1993
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms contain personal information on the members.
Box Folder
3 1 Members, S-Z, 1993
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms include personal information on the members.
2 New Members, 1993
Contains correspondence and membership forms arranged alphabetically from members who joined the SHD in 1993.
3 Members, Geographic Distribution, 1994
Contains lists of the number of members divided geographically in three different ways: 1.) by areas within the United States, 2.) by countries and 3.) by states within the United States.
4 Members, A-F, 1994
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms include personal information on the members.
5 Members, G-M, 1994
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms include personal information on the members.
6 Members, N-Z, 1994
Contains membership dues forms arranged alphabetically from renewing members. Many forms include personal information on the members.
7 New Members, 1994
Contains correspondence and membership forms arranged alphabetically from members who joined the SHD in 1994.
8 New Members, 1995
Contains correspondence and membership forms arranged alphabetically from members who joined the SHD in 1995.
9 Ballots, 1992
Contains sample ballot dated August 10, 1992, for election of members of council with cover letter and ballot count tally sheets.
10 Ballots, 1993
Contains sample ballot dated May 3, 1993, for election of officers, ballot count tally sheet, memorandum dated July 2, 1993, from Eric. W. Wolf, Secretary, to David Buisseret, President, with the election results, and biographical information on candidates. Biographical information is arranged alphabetically.
11 Ballots, 1994
Contains sample ballot for election of officers, ballot count election scorecard, and two memoranda dated July 20, 1994, and July 25, 1994, from Eric W. Wolf, Secretary, to Dennis Reinhartz, President, with election results.
12 Ballots, 1995
Contains sample ballot form dated May 10, 1995, ballot tally election scorecards, and a memorandum with election results dated July 12, 1995, from Eric W. Wolf, Secretary, to Dennis Reinhartz, President, and Susan Danforth, Vice President.



Annual Meetings, 1962, 1991-1995, bulk 1991-1995

Box Folder
3 13 Annual Meeting, 1962, Providence, Rhode Island, Paper
Contains paper from Oswald P. Backus III of the University of Kansas titled, "Herberstein's Geographical Commentaries on Muscovy in the Early Sixteenth Century," presented at the SHD annual meeting at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, October 27, 1962.
14 Annual Meeting, November 21-23, 1991, Savannah, Georgia
Contains program, list of registrants, agenda and SHD 1991 financial report from meeting, as well as correspondence and receipts pertaining to the meeting, arranged chronologically. Also included is a VADE MECUM titled "Old and New Ebenezer," prepared for the Eastern Historical Geography Association Field Excursion, October 26, 1986, and reproduced for the SHD Savannah 1991 Annual Meeting along with a map to Ebenezer Landing. The SHD meeting participants toured Historic Ebenezer, Georgia, on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 1991.
15 Annual Meeting, November 21-23, 1991, Savannah, Georgia, Papers and Abstracts
Contains papers and abstracts presented by SHD 1991 meeting speakers, arranged alphabetically by author: Philip P. Boucher, paper titled "The Island Caribs: Present State of the Debate"; Kay Brigham, paper titled "The Importance of the Book of Prophecies in Understanding Columbus"; Clinton R. Edwards, paper titled, "The Objective of Pizarro's `Third Voyage' Toward Peru"; David Icenogle, abstract and paper titled "Some Travelers to the Siwa Oasis - Past and Present"; Dr. Mary-Emily Miller, abstract titled, "HMS Mermaid, Capt. Joseph Law (e)s, and Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland, Jamaica, 1722-1724"; Arne Molander, abstract titled, "Cartographic Evidence of the Columbus Landfall"; Carla Rahn Phillips, abstract titled, "Heavy Traffic at the Intersection of Art and Life: Portraiture and the Mythic View of Christopher Columbus"; and Norman Thrower, abstract not titled but program indicates his paper was titled "John Cabot and His Northern Voyages." Also included is a map titled, "The True or Verdadera Route of Christopher Columbus, October 19-27, 1492."
16 Annual Meeting, October 1-4, 1992, Miami, Florida
Contains copy of registration form, program draft, Secretary and Treasurer's Report, October 1992, list of registrants and list of non-members on the program, and correspondence arranged chronologically related to the meeting.
17 Annual Meeting, October 1-4, 1992, Miami, Florida, Abstracts
Contains letter to all members from Dennis Reinhartz calling for papers and the abstracts that were submitted. All abstracts were numbered by Eric W. Wolf, Secretary, and abstracts have been kept in his numerical order. Abstracts included are: 1.) Beverley Bowen Moeller, "A Rare Overland Journey in the Amazon Basin, June-October 1909"; 2.) Douglas T. Peck, "Re-thinking the Columbus Landfall Problem," along with the complete paper and figures; 3.) Paul H. Chapman, "Columbus' Landing Site in Light of the Rerun of His Course by the Fleet of Replicas of His Ships"; 4.) James E. Kelley, Jr., "Alternative Views of Some Columbian Hyperbole: Has Columbus Received a Bad Rap?"; 5.) Ralph W. Brauer, "The Dynamics of Change in the Magnitude of Geographical Coordinates in Three Civilizations"; 6.) Williams N. Dunwoody, "Guanahani to Saometo to Cuba"; 7.) Gregory C. McIntosh, "Martin Alonso Pinzon's Discovery of Babueca and the Identity of Guanahani"; 8.) Dirk Anthony Ballendorf, "Magellan's Landfall Finally Established at Guam"; 9.) Delno C. West, "Christopher Columbus and the Search for the Terrestrial Paradise"; 10.) Peter W. Dickson, "Was Columbus Genoese, Greek, a Catalan Jew or All Three?"; 11.) Clinton R. Edwards, "Origin and Significance of the `Bartholomew Columbus Maplets'"; 12.) Irene Alejandra Molina, "The Captive and Improvisation: A New Dimension to Colonial Discourse"; 13.) Merle Severy, "Portugal's Sea Road East to Lands of Columbus's Desire."
18 Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 1993, Vancouver, Washington
Contains registration form, final and preliminary programs, notes of meeting, list of meeting participants with geographic tally on last page, list of non-members on the program, information on meeting contact, as well as correspondence related to meeting arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
4 1 Annual Meeting, October 14-16, 1993, Vancouver, Washington, Abstracts and Papers
Contains letter calling for papers for annual meeting, a memorandum from Eric W. Wolf, Secretary, to meeting speakers and session chairmen, and abstracts filed alphabetically by author: Herbert K. Beals, "The Juan Perez-Josef Canizares Map of the Northwest Coast of America, 1774"; Sanford H. Bederman, "With All Good Intentions: Olive Macleod's African Adventure, 1910-1911"; Ralph W. Brauer, "Boundaries and Travel in the Medieval Middle East and Central Asia"; Terry J. Cooper, "Radomire: A Medieval Albanian Mountain Village"; Francis E. Cuppage, M.D., "James Cook and the Preservation of the Health of Sailors: The Role of Health in World Discovery"; William W. Fitzhugh, "Archeology of the Frobisher Voyages"; O.W. Frost, "Vitus Bering and Georg Steller: An Interpretation of Their Conflict During the Expedition to America, 1741"; B. Guild Gillespie, "George Vancouver With a Twist" (paper included with abstract); Francis Herbert, "Wheat Revised and Thorn Recognized: Maximilian of Wied's Cartographer"; Donald Hogarth, "The Enigmatic Countess of Sussex Mine of Martin Frobisher"; H. G. Jones, "The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher"; Timothy Joyner, "Fatal Logic: Magellan in the Philippines"; Russell M. Magnaghi, "Foreigners Discover the Orinoco River, 1803-1823"; W. Michael Mathes, "The Expedition of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (1542-1543): An Historiographical Reexamination"; J. Richard Nokes, "Empire Followed in the Wake: Robert Gray and the Columbia River"; Vincent Ponko, Jr., "The USS Wilmington and the Last U.S. Naval Exploration of the Amazon in 1899"; Neil Sealey, "Cook and Columbus: The World's Greatest Explorers"; Norman J. Thrower, "A New Map of the World, 1808"; David Tilton, "New Tools for the Study of Old Maps"; Freeman M. Tovell, "The Heceta-Bogeda Voyage of 1775: Its Significance for Spain's Presence in the Pacific Northeast"; Mariana Tolmacheva, "Arab Geography in Seventeenth Century European Maps of Africa."
2 Annual Meeting, September 23-24, 1994, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Contains registration form, draft and final programs, list of participants, Secretary's notes for 1994 Council Meeting, Treasurer's Report, July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994, list titled "1993-94 Anniversaries of Voyages of Discovery and Exploration," and correspondence relating to meeting arranged chronologically.
3 1994 Annual Meeting, September 23-24, 1994, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Contains postcard calling for papers, letter from the SHD secretary, Eric Wolf, to authors of abstracts, and abstracts filed alphabetically by author: Jackson Boswell, "Columbus's Fame in England: 1492-1640"; Ralph W. Brauer, "Boundaries, Walls, and Pilgrims in Early and Medieval China"; David Buisseret, "Visualizing the History of the Great Lakes: A Progress Report on a New History of the Region by David Buisseret and Tom Willcockson"; Virginia Gonzalez Claveran, "Dionisio Alcala Galiano and His Astronomical Observations in Mexico"; Terry J. Cooper, "Radomire: Life in a Medieval European Village"; Jose Delgado, "Cartographic View of the Falkland Malvinas Sovereignty Issue" (also includes curriculum vitae of Jose Delgado); Donald D. Hogarth, "Forgotten Discoveries of Martin Frobisher, Re-established in Baffin Island and Greenland"; Arthur Holzheimer, "The Ramusio Map of 1534"; H. G. Jones, "An Early Meeting of Cultures: The Inuit as Stereotyped by Martin Frobisher's Voyages, 1576-1578"; James E. Kelley, Jr., "Still Lost in the Indies After All these Years: Interpreting Early Maps of America"; Bruce P. Lenman, "From Nova Scotia to Canton: The Development of Scottish Knowledge of Eastern Waters, 1624-1727"; Rosa Maraghi, "The Straits of Mackinac as a Gateway to Discovery and Exploration, 1634-1832"; Arne B. Molander, "Christopher Columbus, The Long Voyage Home"; Mauricio Obregon, "Greeks and Polynesians: The Rivos of Oceans and the South Sea Islands" (title of paper only, no abstract); Douglas T. Peck, untitled abstract regarding celestial navigation of Columbus, Vespucci and Cabot; Merle Severy, "The Role of Northwest Africa in Portugal's Age of Discovery"; Bruce P. Solnick, "A New Look at the `Minor' Voyages"; William R. Stanley, "Full Circle - Walvis Bay From Guano Exploitation Through Colonial Competition to Apartheid's Demise"; Delno West, "The `English Friars' (Nicholas of Lynn?) Arctic Expedition of 1360."
4 Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 1995, Arlington, Texas
Contains drafts of program, fliers announcing meeting, page from Colonial Latin American Historical Review announcing meeting, call of papers, and welcome letter to members from Ryan Amacher, President of the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as correspondence pertaining to meeting arranged chronologically. The material in this file is from The President's Files of Dr. Dennis Reinhartz.
5 Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 1995, Arlington, Texas - Papers and Proposals from Demetrio Charalmabous
Contains correspondence to Eric W. Wolf, Secretary, from Demetrio Charalambous and a copy of Mr. Charalambous's paper, "The Enigma of the Isle of Gold." Also enclosed are proposals for three papers titled, "The Enigma of the Isle of Gold,""The American Map of King Salomon," and "The Mystery of the 40 Parallel."
6 Annual Meeting, August 14-17, 1997, Newfoundland, Canada
Contains correspondence regarding the 1997 annual meeting. The materials in these files are from The President's Files of Dr. Dennis Reinhartz.



Financial Records, 1962-1994, bulk 1989-1992

Box Folder
4 7 Financial Records - 1099 Forms, 1979, 1984-1994
Contains 1099 forms arranged chronologically from Colonial Bank (1979), Fund for Government Investors (1984-1989), Bank of Boston Connecticut (1989), People's Bank (1989-1991), Oak Trust and Savings Bank (1990), The Rushmore Fund, Inc. (1990-91), Continental Federal Savings Bank (1992) and Crestar Bank (1993-1994).
8 Financial Records-Ledgers, 1962-1992
Contains one spiral ledger and loose ledger sheets. A brown spiral notebook contains SHD accounting information from March 27, 1962, through January 16, 1984. Accounts were kept on one side from the front of the book to the end of the book from March 27, 1962, through September 30, 1977 (last entry date is incorrectly posted as 1976); then the book was turned over and upside down and records from October 27, 1977, through January 16, 1984, were recorded forward from the back of the book. Loose ledger sheets are included dated September 27, 1984, through November 18, 1992. A two-page computer generated ledger covers the dates July 6, 1992, through December 11, 1992.



The President's Files, 1992-1995

Box Folder
4 9 The President's Files, Correspondence, July 8, 1992 - October 13, 1994
Contains, correspondence to SHD members to and from Dennis Reinhartz, President, covering topics of papers, Terrae Incognitae, future meeting sites, the death of Raymond H. Fisher, the Vigneras material, and the SHD Essay Contest. Also included is a September 5, 1993, letter from Eric Wolf, Secretary, regarding SHD bylaws; an April 2, 1994, letter from Eric Wolf regarding the European Expansion and Reaction Forum, along with information on that organization, correspondence relating to a controversy over an article by Arne Molander, "Columbus and the Lunar Distance," printed in Terrae Incognitae, and Keith Pickering's proposed criticism of his article; a recommendation from J. Dave Mathias that the SHD establish an annual proceeding series, and a proposal to Renate Bridenthal for a joint session with the American Historical Association in January 1996, which includes the curriculum vitae of Ralph Werner Brauer (along with an abstract titled, "Discovery in the Natural Sciences: Semantic Problem and Scientist's Opportunity"), Russell M. Magnaghi, Dennis Reinhartz, Bruce Solnick, Wilcomb Edward Washburn, and Delno C. West.
10 The President's Files, Correspondence, 1995
Contains correspondence to SHD members from Dennis Reinhartz covering topics of Terrae Incognitae and papers. Also includes a request from An Expanding World to reprint articles from Terrae Incognitae, correspondence pertaining to a joint meeting between the Society for the History of Discoveries and the Hakluyt Society (January 15, 1995, April 15, 1995, April 21, 1995, July 16, 1995, July 23, 1995), correspondence pertaining to a proposed panel on "Discovery Revisited" at the American Historical Association meeting (April 24, 1995, May 5, 1995, July 12, 1995, related to correspondence dated November 23, 1994 in The President's Files, Correspondence, 1992-1994, Box 4, Folder 9), correspondence with a biographical sketch from Joseph Fitzgerald (June 29, 1995), and a letter from Ursula Lamb with her paper, "Deutchland Ueber Alles: Three Verses of a Hymn" (September 25, 1995).
11 The President's Files, Proposed Articles of Association, undated
Contains six-page document covering 12 articles: 1.) Name and objective; 2.) Office and duration; 3.) Membership, dues and voting; 4.) Meetings; 5.) Government 6.) Officers; 7.) Records; 8.) Committees; 9.) Dissolution; 10.) Amendments; 11.) Publications; 12.) Rules.
12 The President's Files, Terrae Incognitae Proposal, 1993
Contains September 29, 1993, memorandum from Dale Story, Acting Dean of the University of Texas at Arlington, to Dr. Dennis Reinhartz, Department of History, UTA, and President of the SHD, for UTA to sponsor the production of the journal Terrae Incognitae; a four-page draft dated February 24, 1993, of the proposal to publish Terrae Incognitae at UTA; a six-page undated draft proposal; and a memorandum dated May 21, 1993, to Dennis Reinhartz from Ken Philip, Chair, History Department, UTA, Richard Francaviglia, Center Director, UTA, and Gerald Saxon, Director, Special Collections, UTA, stating issues to be addressed in a revised proposal.
13 The President's Files, 1995 SHD Essay Contest
Contains letter dated May 23, 1995, from Carol Urness asking Dennis Reinhartz to be a judge for the SHD 1995 Essay Contest; a letter dated May 31, 1995, from Carol Urness to Dennis Reinhartz enclosing copies of the eligible papers; a letter, resume and paper titled "Discipline and Boundaries on the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842" from Elizabeth Green; cover letter and paper titled "Claiming Worlds and Identities: Early Portuguese Encounters in the Atlantic Coast of Africa and Brazil," from Isabel P. B. Feo Rodrigues; paper titled "The Life and Times of Golif: A Pirate" from George M. Cronin; letter dated June 5, 1995, from Carol Urness to Sandy Bederman and Dennis Reinhartz regarding Bob Ward and his eligibility for the SHD Essay Contest; letter dated June 6, 1995, from Carol Urness to Sandy Bederman and Dennis Reinhartz concerning Elizabeth Green, SHD Essay Contest winner; letter dated June 16, 1995, from Carol Urness to Elizabeth Green congratulating her on winning the 1995 Essay Award of the Society for the History of Discoveries.
14 The President's Files, Papers of Douglas T. Peck, 1995
Contains letter dated May 13, 1995, from Don McGuirk to Douglas T. Peck with points to consider regarding his paper, "The Yucatan: Spanish Gateway to the World," a copy of Fra Mauro's map, 1459, and a copy of an article by Donald L. McGuirk, Jr. titled, "The Depiction of Cuba on the Ruysch World Map"; letter dated May 25, 1995, from Douglas T. Peck to The Columbus RR and selected SHD members regarding a critique of his paper, "The Yucatan: Spanish Gateway to the New World"; July 25, 1995, letter to David Buisseret, editor of Terrae Incognitae, replying to a query concerning his submission of papers to Terrae Incognitae; a letter dated August 22, 1995, from Douglas T. Peck to David Buisseret, editor of Terrae Incognitae, regarding re-submission of his study, "The Great Celestial Navigation Hoax," and a copy of this paper; an August 23, 1995, letter from Douglas T. Peck to The Columbus RR and interested SHD members concerning the revised copy of his study, "The Great Celestial Navigation Hoax"; a September 4, 1995, letter from Douglas T. Peck to Dennis Reinhartz and a copy a of the same letter dated September 3, 1995, sent to the SHD Editorial Review Board and selected SHD members, concerning his paper, "The Yucatan: Spanish Gateway to the New World," along with a bound copy of his paper; a letter dated September 7, 1995, from Douglas T. Peck to an unknown "John" regarding John's comments to his paper, "The Great Celestial Navigation Hoax"; and extracts from the original submission in May 1994 of "The Great Celestial Navigation Hoax." Also included is a 1991 paper titled, "Aboard Gooney Bird, Horta, Azores, August 1991," which was with the records of Eric Wolf.
15 The President's Files, Papers by Keith Pickering, 1995
Contains copy of paper titled "Leagues and Miles in the Log of Columbus: The Final Verdict" by Keith Pickering, presented at The Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Meeting, November 4, 1995, at Arlington, Texas; a letter dated December 4, 1995, to Keith Pickering from James E. Kelley, Jr. critiquing his paper; a December 9, 1995, letter from Keith Pickering to James E. Kelley, Jr. replying to his critique; a letter dated December 15, 1995, from Bill Dunwoody to Keith Pickering with his critiques of Keith Pickering's paper, "Leagues and Miles in the Log of Columbus: The Final Verdict."
16 The President's Files, Treasurer's Report, July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1993
Contains Treasurer's Report including bank balances, expenses and income for the period of July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1993.