Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)BAAS
TitleRecords of the British Association for American Studies
Extent57 boxes
DescriptionCommittee minutes and correspondence; officers correspondence and papers; papers relating to the administration of the Rockefeller Grant; papers relating to travel & research fellowships; papers relating to the Association's conferences; papers relating to the United States Information Service (USIS) Grant for Survey of Sources, 1956-62; papers relating to miscellaneous foundations and institutions; correspondence relating to publications; correspondence, minutes and other papers of and relating to its relationship with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the award of ACLS Fellowships; membership records; BAAS publications
Access ConditionsAccess restrictions apply to some of records because of data protection issues; any interested researchers should contact Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections in advance for further information about access to this collection
Finding AidsThere is an interim paper list available for this collection either as a PDF (see document field below), or as a paper list in the Special Collections Department reading room. This paper list covers materials dated up to 2011. For information about materials dated after 2011, please contact Special Collections staff
DocumentBAAS list.pdf
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe British Association for American Studies (BAAS) was founded in 1955 by a group of British University teachers to promote the serious study of the United States within universities, colleges and schools of the United Kingdom. The term 'American Studies' is taken to embrace the history, government and politics, economics, sociology, geography and literature of the United States. The BAAS has had close links with American award-giving organisations including the Rockefeller Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The Rockefeller Foundation made money available to the University of Manchester to be administered in conjunction with the BAAS to encourage research by scholars in history, literature and institutions of the United States. The ACLS is a federation of scholarly organisations and societies in the USA, founded in 1919, concerned with humanities and the humanistic elements of the social sciences. From the early 1960s, it offered fellowships to scholars from around the world for research in the fields of American Studies. From 1978, the BAAS and the ACLS have jointly funded the fellowship programme and the BAAS has raised its funds by appeals and voluntary contributions from members. In addition to these fellowships for longer term research (for visits of six months to a year), the BAAS also introduced its own programme of Short Term Travel Grants

BAAS publications include the Journal of American Studies, a series of Pamphlets in American Studies, and two important bibliographical volumes: A Guide to Manuscripts relating to America in Great Britain and Ireland and American Newspaper Holdings in British and Irish Libraries. A large body of material has been selected and microfilmed in the series British Records relating to America, sponsored by BAAS and published by Microform Ltd
AcquisitionFirst deposit made in 1998; subsequent deposits made by officers of the society on a regular basis.


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