The Accounting Historians Journal Vol. 16, No. 2 December 1989
Edward. N. Coffman VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Alfred R. Roberts GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Gary John Previts CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
A HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY OF ACCOUNTING HISTORIANS 1973-1988
Abstract: This paper traces the evolution of The Academy of Ac-counting Historians from its formation in 1973 through 1988. The Academy has evolved from an idea to an important international organization.
The primary purpose of writing this history of The Academy of Accounting Historians (The Academy) is to provide a source of information about The Academy and the people who have contributed to its establishment and success. The history also will help in evaluating the progress of The Academy and assist in planning its future role.
The methodology used to construct this history consisted of a review of source materials such as the minutes of the annual trustees and business meetings, correspondence and memo-randa in the files of The Academy, personal interviews with founding members, and the recollections of persons involved with it during the last fifteen years. An overview of The Academy's development is presented first followed by detailed discussions of its various activities.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACADEMY OF ACCOUNTING HISTORIANS
In 1968, the American Accounting Association (AAA) estab-lished the Committee on Accounting History. The committee was charged to "propose objectives for research in accounting history, develop guidelines for the teaching of accounting his-tory in undergraduate and graduate courses, and provide a