Albert L. Barrows
PACIFIC COAST DIVISIONAMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCEUniversity of California Library,Berkeley, California,July 20, 1914.My dear Sir:The American Political Science Association has authorized the formation of a Pacific Coast Branch of this Association and has appointed the following organization committee: Professor Thomas H. Reed, Dr. David P. Barrows, Edwin Wiley, University of California, and R. S. Gray of Oakland. The initial meeting for the purpose of organizing the Pacific Coast Branch of this organization has been appointed for July 27th, to be followed by a dinner and informal discussion at one of the Berkeley hotels.The purpose of the American Political Science Association is "the encouragement of the scientific study of politics, public law, administration and diplomacy." This Association was founded in 1903 and contains about 1500 members of whom over 75 are living within the Pacific Coast region. The Association publishes its Proceedings and also the American Political Science Review. The annual dues are three dollars.I have interpreted the policy of the Pacific Coast Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to warrant our giving assistance in the organization of local branches of national scientific societies of high standing. The American Association maintains a Section for the discussion of matters pertaining to political and social science (Section I) and the American Political Science Association is one of the six or eight societies in this field which have05799
-2-been invited to participate in the San Francisco meeting of the American Association next year. This office has, accordingly, rendered such assistance as was required in announcing the organization of the pacific Coast Branch of the American Political Science Association to people in this vicinity who is is hoped will be interested in this organization. I believe that the Pacific Coast Branch of this society will be a very desirable accession to the number of societies to be affiliated with the Pacific Division of the American association, and that, if it seems desirable to you, it will be in order for the Pacific Division to present to this new organization at its first meeting our invitation to become affiliated with the Pacific Division upon the same status as the constituent societies of the Pacific Association of Scientific Societies.Since this initial meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Political Science Association is now to occur within a few days, and since there is no other urgent business in view to justify calling a meeting of the pacific Coast Committee in the near future, I am presenting this situation to the members of the pacific Coast Committee by mail and shall appreciate an early response from you expressing your opinion upon this matter. Let me inquire further whether you may prefer to hold the matter in abeyance until the Pacific Coast Committee may meet and be able to discuss this issue, or until the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Political Science Association may have been in existence longer.I believe, however, that there is a certain advantage in our prompt action in $his matter in view of the present cordial relations between the organization committee of this new society and the Pacific Division.Very sincerely yours,Albert L. Barrows,Assooiate Secretary.05799
1914 Jul 20
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Barrows, Albert L., "Letter from Albert L. Barrows to [John Muir], 1914 Jul 20." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6595.
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