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Collection American Association of Immunologists records
Call Number Coll012
Creator American Association of Immunologists;
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
Digital Link Finding aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll012.php
Digital collection: http://contentdm.ad.umbc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/aai
Date 1913-1996; bulk 1967-1992
Description 12 boxes (17 linear feet)
Scope & Content Files documenting the American Association of Immunologists' (AAI) activities including correspondence, reports, minutes, ledgers, journals, newsletters, programs, directories, and audio visual materials. Of particular significance are membership dues ledgers and issues of the Journal of Immunology. Personal histories including articles, reports, correspondence and photographs are present for all the Presidents of the association.
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History The American Association of Immunologists was chartered in 1913. In 1916 it began publishing the Journal of Immunology in Baltimore, Maryland and in 1917 adopted a constitution and bylaws. The annual business meeting has been held in conjunction with the meetings of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biologists since 1939. A permanent headquarters was established at FASEB in Bethesda, Maryland in 1965.
Arrangement Organized into eight series: Series I. Council, 1941-1992. Series II. Meetings, 1954-1993. Series III. Committees, 1966-1992. Series IV. Financial, 1921-1991. Series V. Historian, 1913-1988. Series VI. Publications, 1933-1995. Series VII. Affiliated Societies, 1967-1991. Series VIII. Video and Audio Materials, 1970-1991.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Reproduction allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by creator.
Citation American Association of Immunologists records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 12, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information MSS 1996-03; The records in this collection were donated in a single gift on March 29, 1996. The donation was approved by Dr. Michelle Hogan and the materials transferred from the Society’s offices in Bethesda, MD.
Processing Information This collection was processed by Sharon Knecht under the supervision of Maria Frank Peri and completed in November 2001.

The majority of the records were found to be in relatively good order since the bulk of them were the files of Executive Director Dr. Joe Saunders. There were very few financial or membership records included in the acquisition. Committee files containing reports were occasionally filed separately but the more often were found interspersed with meeting files. The remaining records have been organized by type of activity based on the order in which they were received.

Multiple copies have been disposed of whenever there were more than two copies of a given document.

No materials were found for the early years of the Association (1913 –1960s) with the exception of a few pieces of correspondence of past Presidents. These documents had been gathered first by the Association Historian, Merrill Chase and later by the Executive Director, Joe Saunders. Correspondence and Minutes indicate that there was a discussion about sending the association archives to the University of Wisconsin, but it is not clear if that was ever done.

In the course of updating container lists in March 2016, Series V. Historian was modified. Several documents which were not previously contained in a subseries were assigned Subseries V.A. Historian Records. The preexisting subseries, V.A. Personal Histories, and V.B. Photographs, were renamed as subseries V.B and V.C respectively.
Archivist Peri, Marcia
Format records (documents)
People American Association of Immunologists;
Saunders, Joe;
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology;
Subjects American Association of Immunologists -- Archives;
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology -- Archives;
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology;
Immunology -- Societies, etc.;
Saunders, Joe;
Year Range from 1913
Year Range to 1996