President’s Letter to Membership, November 2013

I write to report on the decisions made by the AFIHR Board of Directors at our annual meeting held in Portland earlier this month and to encourage you to renew your membership in the AFIHR if you have not already done so.  For renewing members, I also urge that you pass this message on to anyone you know (colleagues, graduate students, friends) who might be interested in joining us and reaping the advantages of doing so.

The IHR is a community of scholars which offers many benefits to its members. These include (in part):

  • A rich array of over sixty seminars covering a dazzling list of fields from the Crusades and the Latin East to Digital History (
  • The superb open-shelf IHR library in the heart of London which contains a large and increasing collection of primary sources and finding aids.
  • An active program of online reviews (Reviews in History) and growing quantity of digitized primary sources and finding aids (BHO – British History Online).
  • A common room  which will be available autumn 2014 when the refurbishment is completed- a pleasant place for gathering in the afternoon or evening after attending a seminar or using the library.
  • Scholarships and programs specifically for graduate students (including the annual History Lab conference in the summer).
  • Reduced price individual subscriptions to the Bibliography of British History and to special content feature of British History Online. These are particularly helpful to independent scholars and to those whose institutions cannot afford these subscriptions.

Besides access to the IHR’s facilities and activities mentioned above, AFIHR membership affords a tax-deductible way for Americans to help support, sustain and expand the IHR’s work.

John Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses

John Venn’s Alumni Cantabrigienses

In Portland early this month, the AFIHR Board of Directors, a group of historians who volunteer their time and energy, allocated approximately $10,000 for such purposes as the digitization of Venn’s Alumni Cantabrigiensis, next summer’s Anglo-American Conference, and book acquisitions. The digitization of Foster’s Alumni Oxoniensis has been completed on the basis of AFIHR grants over the past several years.

A contribution of $45 ($30 for graduate students) or more annually to the American Friends of the IHR confers membership in the Institute.   AFIHR membership and any charitable contributions you may choose to make are tax-deductible for U.S. citizens.  Our new website ( makes payment easy via major credit cards and Paypal.

Whether you are a long time user of the IHR services and facilities (both in London and online), are just planning a visit, or have graduate students whose work you are directing, please consider joining or renewing soon.

Sincerely yours,

Sears McGee, President, AFIHR