President’s Letter to Membership, September 2014

On October 1, Dr Lawrence Goldman, the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, begins his term of service as IHR director, and we are looking forward to meeting and hearing from him at the NACBS conference in Minneapolis in November. Much was accomplished during Miles Taylor’s six years of splendid work, and the IHR redesign/refurbishment has been finished after two years of temporary accommodation in the Senate House.

The move back to the “new” IHR in the north block of the Senate House is now complete. For a succinct description of the reconfigured library, see Katie Wilcox’s September 12 post on the IHR Blog at

Since we have all experienced the daunting task of moving all our things to a new house or office and remember it with horror, it is astonishing to me to see how the IHR staff has accomplished this while keeping all of the many programs and initiatives thriving and moving ahead. The list of seminars at the IHR shows no diminution, and the program of conferences is ambitious and impressive. An exciting and useful feature of the IHR’s website is its ever expanding list of conferences not only in London and Britain but around Europe as well. Go to whenever you are planning to “cross the pond” to see whether there is an event you need to attend.

Previous grants of funds from the AFIHR have supported library acquisitions, digitization projects to make primary sources available online, and travel by North American graduate students to participate in the History Lab conference held each summer at the IHR.

I write as always to urge you to continue your membership in and support of the IHR. As many will recall, in 2013 we managed (with vital assistance from Miles Taylor and the IHR development team of Michelle Waterman and Mira Chotaliya) to make it much easier to make payments for IHR membership and discounted subscriptions to British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History. For full information about our new system, please visit our website ( which you can also get to via the IHR website (

Please join (or rejoin) the AFIHR and enjoy the benefits of being a part of this community of scholars. And thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Sears McGee, President, AFIHR