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History's BabelScholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise in the United States, 1880 - 1940$
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Robert B. Townsend

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226923925

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226923949.001.0001

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Handing Tools and Materials Over to Others

Handing Tools and Materials Over to Others

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History's Babel

Robert B. Townsend

University of Chicago Press

After 1926, differences within the historical enterprise began to take a more concrete shape. Members of the American Historical Association (AHA) based in archives and historical societies began to identify themselves as working in a discrete professional environment. Meanwhile, academics viewed archivists and the staff at historical societies as discrete professional groups with a unique and separate set of skills and interests to them. In 1936, a new professional organization, the Society of American Archivists (SAA), was born. The AHA Council formally welcomed the SAA, to which it relinquished the work and activities of the Public Archives Commission. By 1941, archivists, academics, and historical societies had already accepted the fact that they represented entirely different professional interests and differing jurisdictions with regards to history as a discipline.

Keywords:   historical enterprise, American Historical Association, archives, historical societies, academics, archivists, Society of American Archivists, Public Archives Commission, history

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