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Society for the History of Discoveries Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Society for the History of Discoveries.
Title: Society for the History of Discoveries Records
Dates: 1960-1991
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. Records contain correspondence, constitution and articles of incorporation, annual reports, financial records, newsletters, programs, annual and council records, bibliographies, book reviews, and manuscripts. The Society for the History of Discoveries records were compiled and created by the officers and secretaries of the society and were maintained by secretary-treasurers, Barbara McCorkle and Eric W. Wolf. Correspondence is between officers and members regarding membership, dues, individuals, meetings, paper proposals, abstracts of papers presented at meetings, business and council meetings, and information related to the publication of the society's journal, Terrae Incognitae.
Identification: AR346
Extent: 15 boxes (7.5 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

The Society for the History of Discoveries Records consist of records accumulated from the Society's creation in 1960 to 1991. Records contain correspondence, constitution and articles of incorporation, annual reports, financial records, newsletters, programs, annual and council records, bibliographies, book reviews, and manuscripts. The Society for the History of Discoveries records were compiled and created by the officers and secretaries of the society and were maintained by secretary-treasurers, Barbara McCorkle and Eric W. Wolf. Correspondence is between officers and members regarding membership, dues, individuals, meetings, paper proposals, abstracts of papers presented at meetings, business and council meetings, and information related to the publication of the society's journal, Terrae Incognitae.


Organization

Records are arranged in 4 series with a total of 5 subseries:
Series I. Correspondence, 1960-1990
- Subseries A. Herman R. Friis' Files, 1960-1977
- Subseries B. John Parker's Files, 1961-1983
- Subseries C. Barbara McCorkle's Files, 1973-1990
- Subseries D. Individual Officer's Correspondence, 1969-1980
- Subseries E. Correspondence/President's and Officers', 1979-1990
Series II. Newsletters, 1960-1991
Series III. Annual Meetings, 1961-1990
Series IV. Terrae Incognitae, 1962-1990

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

AR398: Society for the History of Discoveries Records, 1961-1995


Administrative Information

Citation

Society for the History of Discoveries Records, AR346, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1997. Accessioned as number 97-46.


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

Series I. Correspondence, 1960-1990

Subseries A. Herman R. Friis' Files
Box Folder
1 1 SHD-Correspondence: The Beginnings, 1960-1961, 1977.
Letters regarding the formation of The Society for the History of Discoveries.
2 SHD-Name Change Correspondence, 1964-65.
Letters regarding the proposed new name, The Ledyard Society, in honor of John Ledyard.
3 SHD-Constitution and Articles of Incorporation and Proof of Tax Exempt Status.
4 SHD-Correspondence Regarding the Constitution and Bylaws.
5 SHD-General Correspondence, 1970-1971.
Correspondence generated and received by Herman Friis, listed alphabetically.
6 SHD-Correspondence with Ursula Lamb, 1970-71.
7 SHD-Correspondence with John Parker, 1969-71.
8 SHD-Correspondence with Bruce Solnick, 1967-71.
9 SHD-Correspondence with Norman Thrower, 1969-71.
10 SHD-Correspondence regarding the International Commission of Maritime History, 1975.
Letters concerning The Society's cooperation with the International Committee of the Historical Sciences in regards to a meeting to be held in the U.S.
11 SHD-Book Reviews, 1965-66.
Subseries B. John Parker's Files
Correspondence generated and received by John Parker in his role as the society's secretary. Letters cover a variety of topics such as membership, dues, individuals accomplishments, annual meetings, etc.
Box Folder
1 12 1961
13 1962
14 1963
Box Folder
2 1 1964
2 1965
3 1966
4 1967
5 1968
6 1969
7 1970
8 1971
Box Folder
3 1 1972
2 1973-74
3 1975-77
4 1978
5 1979
6 1980
7 1981-82
8 1983
Subseries C. Barbara McCorkle's Files
Correspondence generated and received by John Barbara McCorkle in her role as the society's secretary. Letters cover a variety of topics, such as individual accomplishments, annual meetings, and membership until 1979. Items within each folder are in reverse chronological order, as Mrs. McCorkle maintained them.
Box Folder
3 9 1973
10 1974
11 1975
12 1976
13 1977
14 1978
15 1979
16 1980
Box Folder
4 1 1981
2 1982
3 1983
4 1984
5 1985
6 1986
7 1987
8 1988
9 1989
10 1990
Membership Correspondence
Separated from general correspondence after 1979 because of references made to membership.
11 1979-80
12 1981-82
13 1983-84
14 1985
15 1986
16 1987
17 1988
Box Folder
5 1 1989
2 1990
3 SHD-Membership Biographies
Result of the society's drive to produce in 1977 a bibliography of the works authored by its members. However, many members failed to respond. Filed alphabetically.
Subseries D. Individual Officer's Correspondence
Letters to and from individual officers.
Box Folder
5 4 Herman Friis, 1969-72.
5 Thomas Goldstein, 1965-72.
6 Ursula Lamb, 1967-72.
7 Douglas Marshall, 1980.
8 Vsevolod Slessarev, 1971.
9 Vsevolod Slessarev, 1972.
10 Vsevolod Slessarev, 1973.
Box Folder
6 1 Bruce Solnick, 1966-72.
2 Wilcomb Washburn, 1965-72.
See note to researcher, page 3.
3 John A. Wolter, 1971-75.
Subseries E. Correspondence/President's and Officers'
Box Folder
6 4 1979
5 1980
6 1981
7 1982
8 1983
9 1984
10 1985
11 1986
12 1987
13 1988
14 1989
15 1990



Series II. Newsletters, 1961-1991

Box Folder
7 1 Annual Reports, 1962, 1965-75.
Reports mailed annually to members. Reports included a yearly financial statement, updated membership lists, news regarding Terra Incognitae, and information concerning meetings.
2 Annual Reports, 1976-90.
2 Newsletters
Newsletters sent to members. 1961-1966 multiple mailings were sent, 1972-1991 files include newsletter and correspondence from members with suggestions for the report. 1981-1990 files also include abstracts to be published prior to presentation at the annual meeting.
3 1961
4 1962
5 1963
6 1964
7 1965
8 1966
9 1967
10 1968
11 1969
12 1970
13 1971
14 1972
15 1973
16 1974
17 1975
18 1976
19 1977
20 1978
21 1979
Box Folder
8 1 1980
2 1981
3 1981
Abstracts.
4 1982
5 1982
Abstracts.
6 1983
7 1983
Abstracts.
8 1984
9 1984
Abstracts.
10 1985
11 1985
Abstracts.
Box Folder
9 1 1986
2 1986
Abstracts.
3 1987
4 1987
Abstracts.
5 1988
6 1988
Abstracts.
7 1989
8 1989
Abstracts.
9 1990
10 1990
Abstracts.
11 1991



Series III. Annual Meetings, 1961-1990

Files include program and reports from annual meetings. Also included when available: correspondence concerning meetings, business and council meeting information, and proposed papers with responses.
Box Folder
10 1 1961, Washington, D.C. 1961-68;
1 1962, Providence, Rhode Island 1961-68;
1 1963, Chicago, Illinois 1961-68;
1 1964, Salem, Massachusetts 1961-68;
1 1965, Bloomington, Inidiana 1961-68;
1 1966, West Point, New York 1961-68;
1 1967, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1961-68;
1 1968, New Bedford, Massachusetts (Photo included). 1961-68;
2 Minneapolis, Minnesota 1969,
(Audio tape of planetarium show, The Skies of Vasco da Gamma).
3 1970, Santa Monica/Los Angles, California 1970-72;
1971, New Haven, Connecticut 1970-72;
1972, Kansas City, Missouri 1970-72;
4 Washington, DC. 1973,
5 Correspondence regarding the 1973 meeting.
6 Ann Arbor, Michigan 1974,
7 Annual Meeting Photographs. 1974,
Box Folder
11 1 San Francisco, California 1975,
2 Charleston, South Carolina 1976,
3 Tucson, Arizona 1977,
4 Gainsville, Florida 1978,
5 Correspondence regarding the 1978 meeting.
6 Worchester, Massachusetts 1979,
7 Columbus, Ohio 1980,
8 Athens, Georgia 1981,
9 Madison, Wisconsin 1982,
Box Folder
12 1 Ottawa, Canada. 1983,
2 Correspondence regarding the 1983 meeting.
3 Arlington, Texas 1984,
4 Washington, D.C. 1985,
5 Providence, Rhode Island 1986,
6 Correspondence regarding the 1986 meeting.
Box Folder
13 1 London/Greenwich/Portsmouth. 1987,
2 Minneapolis, Minnesota 1988,
3 San Francisco, California 1989,
4 Correspondence regarding the 1989 meeting.
5 Jamaica. 1990,



Series IV. Terrae Incognitae, 1962-1990

Scholarly journal published by the Society since 1969. The primary interests of the journal are geographic discoveries; the history of geographic exploration; and the techniques, impact, and literature of discoveries. The scope includes the world with neither geographic nor chronological limits. Contributions are not limited to SHD members. Note: There is no correspondence regarding Terrae Incognitae for the years 1970-1971.
Box
14 Correspondence
Letters to and from members of the editorial board concerning the yearly publication. These include matters relating to content and the printing process.
1 1962-1969
2 1972-1974
3 1975
4 1976
5 1977
6 1978
7 1979
8 1980
9 1981
10 1982
11 1983
12 1984
13 1985
14 1986
15 1987
16 1988
17 1989
18 1990
Box
15 Terrae Incognitae, vols. 1-16, 18-21.
Note: The 1985 edition, vol. 17, was not included with these records.