PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS

Listings for the years 1904 to 1978 are from Preston E. James and Geoffrey J. Martin, The Association of American Geographers: The First Seventy-Five Years, 1904-1979 (Washington, D.C.: Association of American Geographers, 1978), 241-247. Listings from 1979 to the present were compiled by Kenneth E. Foote. The journal Annals of the Association of American Geographers has been abbreviated below as Annals.

1904. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This initial meeting of the Association included a program of some twenty papers. It was presided over by William M. Davis who read a short prologue, the subject of which was "The Opportunity for the Association of American Geographers," published in the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 37 (1905): 84-86.

1905. New York City.   Address by William M. Davis: " An Inductive Study of the Content of Geography ," Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 38 (1906): 67-84.

1906. New York City.   Address by Cyrus C. Adams: "Some Phases of Future Geographical Work in America," Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 39 (1907): 1-12.

1907. Chicago, Illinois.   Address not given because of the death of President Angelo Heilprin late in his term of office.

1908. Baltimore, Maryland.   Address by Grove K. Gilbert: "Earthquake Forecasts," Science 29 (1909): 121-138.

1909. Cambridge-Boston, Massachusetts.   Address by William M. Davis: "The Italian Riviera Levante." Apparently not published.

1910. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Address by Henry C. Cowles: "The Causes of Vegetational Cycles," Annals 1 (1911): 3-20.

1911. Washington, D.C.   Address by Ralph S. Tarr: "The Glaciers of Alaska," Annals 2 (1912): 3-24.

1912. New Haven, Connecticut.   Address apparently not given. Rollin D. Salisbury was absent from the meetings.

1913. Princeton, New Jersey.   Address by Henry G. Bryant: "Government Agencies and Geography in the United States." Apparently not published.

1914. Chicago, Illinois.   Address by Albert P. Brigham: "Problems of Geographic Influence," Annals 5 (1915): 3-25.

1915. Washington, D.C.   Address by Richard E. Dodge: "Some Problems in Geographic Education, with Special Reference to Secondary Schools," Annals 6 (1916): 3-18.

1916. New York City.   Address by Mark Jefferson: "Geographic Provinces of the United States," Annals 7 (1917): 3-15.

1917. No meeting.   Meeting scheduled for Chicago, Illinois, cancelled because of wartime restrictions on travel. Address by Robert DeC. Ward: "Meteorology and War Flying, Some Practical Suggestions," Annals 8 (1918): 3-33.

1918. Baltimore, Maryland.   Address by Nevin M. Fenneman: 'The Circumference of Geography," Annals 9 (1919): 3-11.

1919. St. Louis, Missouri.   Address by Charles R. Dryer: "Genetic Geography: The Development of the Geographic Sense and Concept," Annals 10 (1920): 3-16.

1920. Chicago, Illinois.   Herbert E. Gregory: "Geographic Basis of the Political Problems of the Pacific." Apparently not published.

1921. Washington, DC.   Address by Ellen C. Semple: 'The Influence of Geographic Conditions upon Current Mediterranean Stock Raising," Annals 12 (1922): 3-38.

1922. Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Address by Harlan H. Barrows: "Geography as Human Ecology," Annals 13 (1923): 1-14.

1923. Cincinnati, Ohio.   Address by Ellsworth Huntington: "Geography and Natural Selection: A Preliminary Study of the Origin and Development of Racial Character," Annals 14 (1924): 1-16.

1924. Washington, D.C.   Address by Curtis F. Marbut: "The Rise, Decline, and Revival of Malthusianism in Relation to Geography and the Character of Soils," Annals 15 (1925): 1-29.

1925. Madison, Wisconsin.   Address by Ray H. Whitbeck: "Adjustments to Environment in South America: An Interply (Interplay) of Influences," Annals 16 (1926): 1-11.

1926. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Address by J. Paul Goode: "The Map as a Record of Progress in Geography," Annals 17 (1927): 1- 14.

1927. Nashville, Tennessee.   Address by Marius R. Campbell: "Geographic Terminology," Annals 18 (1928): 25- 40.

1928. New York City.   Address by Douglas W. Johnson: "The Geographic Prospect," Annals 19 (1929):167-231.

1929. Columbus, Ohio.   Address by Lawrence Martin: 'The Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Case in the Supreme Court of the United States, 1923-26," Annals 20 (1930): 105-163.

1930. Worcester, Massachusetts.   Address by Almon E. Parkins: The Antebellum South: A Geographer's Interpretation," Annals 21 (1931):1- 33.

1931. Ypsilanti, Michigan.   Address by Isaiah Bowman: "Planning in Pioneer Settlement," Annals 22 (1932): 93-107.

1932. Washington, D.C.   Address by Oliver E. Baker: "Rural-Urban Migration and the National Welfare," Annals 23 (1933): 59-126.

1933. Evanston, Illinois.   Address by Francois E. Matthes: "Our Greatest Mountain Range, the Sierra Nevada of California." Apparently not published.

1934. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Address by Wallace W. Atwood: "The Increasing Significance of Geographic Conditions in the Growth of Nation States," Annals 25 (1935): 1-16.

1935. St. Louis, Missouri.   Address by Charles C. Colby: "Changing Currents of Geographic Thought in America," Annals 26 (1936): 1-37.

1936. Syracuse, New York.   Address by William H. Hobbs: "The Progress of Discovery and Exploration within the Arctic Region," Annals 27 (1937):1-22.

1937. Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Address by W.L.G. Joerg programmed as "Generalization and Synthesis in Geography," was not given because of the absence (due to illness) of the President. In its place Robert B. Hall gave an address, "The Expansion of the Japanese Empire." The Presidential Address has not been published.

1938. Cambridge, Massachusetts.   Address by Vernor C. Finch: "Geographical Science and Social Philosophy," Annals 29 (1939): 1- 28.

1939. Chicago, Illinois.   Address by Claude H. Birdseye: "Stereoscopic Phototopographic Mapping," Annals 30 (1940): 1-24.

1940. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Address by Carl O. Sauer:  " Foreword to Historical Geography, " Annals 31 (1941): 1-24.

1941. New York City.   Address by Griffith Taylor: "Environment, Village and City: A Genetic Approach to Urban Geography, with Some Reference to Possibilism," Annals 32 (1942):1-67.

1942. No meeting.   The scheduled meetings were postponed in the interest of curtailing railroad travel in wartime. President J. Russell Smith's address was given the following year at the September 1943 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.: "Grassland and Farm-land as Factors in the Cyclical Development of Eurasian History," Annals 33 (1943):135-161.

1943. Washington, DC.   Address by Hugh H. Bennett: "Adjustment of Agriculture to Its Environment," Annals 33 (1943): 163-195.

1944. No Meeting.   The scheduled meeting were postponed in the interest of curtailing railroad travel in wartime. President Derwent Whittlesey published 'The Horizon of Geography," Annals 35 (1945): 1-36.

1945. Knoxville, Tennessee.   Address by Robert S. Platt: "Problems of Our Times," Annals 36 (1946): 1-43.

1946. Columbus, Ohio.   Address by John K. Wright: " Terrae Incognitae: The Place of Imagination in Geography ," Annals 37 (1947): 1-15.

1947. Charlottesville, Virginia.   Address by Charles F. Brooks: "The Climatic Record: Its Content, Limitations, and Geographic Value," Annals 38 (1948): 153-168.

1948. Madison, Wisconsin.   Address by Richard J. Russell: "Geographical Geomorphology," Annals 39 (1949): 1-11.

1949. No meeting.   The AAG Council authorized a change of schedule for the annual meetings from December 1949 to April 1950.

1950. Worcester, Massachusetts.   Address by Richard Hartshorne: "The Functional Approach in Political Geography," Annals 40 (1950): 95- 130.

1951. Chicago, Illinois.   Address by G. Donald Hudson: "Professional Training of the Membership of the Association of American Geographers," Annals 41 (1951): 97-115.

1952. Washington, D.C.   Address by Preston E. James: 'Toward a Further Understanding of the Regional Concept," Annals 42 (1952): 195- 222.

1953. Cleveland, Ohio.   Address by Glenn T. Trewartha: "A Case for Population Geography," Annals 43 (1953): 71-97.

1954. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Address by J. Russell Whitaker: "The Way Lies Open," Annals 44 (1954): 231-244.

1955. Memphis, Tennessee.   In accordance with the changes in the by-laws the president of the Association ceased to be responsible for preparing and giving an address; rather, the Honorary President gave the address at the Annual Dinner Meeting. On April 13, 1955, Derwent Whittlesey, the first Honorary President, gave his address: "Southern Rhodesia--An African Compage," Annals 46 (1956): 1-97.

1956. Montreal, Canada.   Address by the Honorary President Carl O. Sauer: "The Education of a Geographer," Annals 46 (1956): 287-299.

1957. Cincinnati, Ohio.   Address by the Honorary President George B. Cressey: "Water in the Desert," Annals 47 (1957): 105-124.

1958. Santa Monica, California.   Address by the Honorary President John B. Leighly: "John Muir's Image of the West," Annals 48 (1958): 309- 318.

1959. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Address by the Honorary President Stephen B. Jones on "Boundary Concepts in the Setting of Place and Time," Annals 49 (1959): 241-255.

1960. Dallas, Texas.   Address by the Honorary President John E. Orchard on "Industrialization of Japan, Mainland China, and India in Its World Significance," Annals 50 (1960): 193-215.

1961. East Lansing Michigan.   Address by the Honorary President C. Warren Thornthwaite: "The Task Ahead," Annals 51 (1961): 345-356.

1962. Miami Beach, Florida.   Address by the Honorary President Andrew H. Clark: "Praemia Geographicae: The Incidental Rewards of a Professional Career," Annals 52 (1962): 229-241.

1963. Denver, Colorado.   Address by the Honorary President Edward A. Ackerman: " Where is a Research Frontier? " Annals 53 (1963): 429- 440.

1964. Syracuse, New York.   Address by the Honorary President F. Kenneth Hare: 'New Light From Labrador-Ungava," Annals 54 (1964): 459-476.

1965. Columbus, Ohio.   Address by the Honorary President Fred B. Kniffen: "Folk Housing, Key to Diffusion," Annals 55 (1965): 549- 577.

1966. Toronto, Canada.   Address by the Honorary President Preston E. James: "On the Origin and Persistence of Error in Geography," Annals 57 (1967): 1-24.

1967. ST. Louis, Missouri.   Address by the Past President Meridith F. Burrill: "The Language of Geography," Annals 58 (1968): 1-11.

1968. Washington, D.C.   Address by the Past President, Walter M. Kollmorgen: "The Woodman's Assault on the Domain of the Cattleman," Annals 59 (1969): 215-239.

1969. Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Address by the Past President, Clyde F. Kohn: 'The 1960s: A Decade of Progress in Geographical Research and Instruction," Annals 60 (1970): 211-219.

1970. San Francisco, California.   Address by the Past President, John R. Borchert: "The 'Dust Bowl' in the 1970s," Annals 61 (1971): 1-22.

1971. Boston, Massachusetts.   Address by the Past President, J. Ross Mackay: "The World of Underground Ice," Annals 62 (1972): 1-22.

1972. Kansas City, Missouri.   Address by the Past President, Norton S. Ginsburg: "Colonialism to National Development-Geographic Perspective on Patterns and Policies," Annals 63 (1973): 1-21.

1973. Atlanta, Georgia.   Address by the Past President, Edward J. Taaffe: "The Spatial View in Context," Annals 64 (1974): 1-16.

1974. Seattle, Washington.   Address by the Past President,Wilbur Zelinsky: "The Demigod's Dilemma,' Annals 65 (1975): 123-143.

1975. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Address by the Past President, Julian Wolpert: "Opening Closed Spaces," Annals 66 (1976): 1-13.

1976. New York, New York.   Address by the Past President, James J. Parsons: "Geography as Exploration and Discovery," Annals 67 (1977): 1- 16.

1977. Salt Lake City, Utah.   Address by the Past President, Marvin W. Mikesell: 'Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Geography," Annals 68 (1978): 1-16.

1978. New Orleans, Louisiana.   Address by the Past President, Harold M. Rose: "The Geography of Despair: An Assessment of Rising Levels of Lethal Violence," Annals 68 (1978): 453-464.

1979. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Address by the Past President, Melvin G. Marcus: "Coming Full Circle: Physical Geography in the Twentieth Century," Annals 69 (1979): 521-532.

1980. Louisville, Kentucky.   Address by the Past President, Brian J.L. Berry: "Creating Future Geographies," Annals 70 (1980): 449-458.

1981. Los Angeles, California.   Address by the Past President, John Fraser Hart: "The Highest Form of the Geographer's Art," Annals 72 (1982): 1-29.

1982. San Antonio, Texas.   Address by the Past President, Nicholas Helburn: "Geography and the Quality of Life," Annals 72 (1982): 445-456.

1983. Denver, Colorado.   Address by the Past President, Richard Morrill: "The Responsibility of Geographers," Annals 74 (1984): 1-8.

1984. Washington, D.C.   Address by the Past President, John S. Adams: "The Meaning of Housing in America," Annals 74 (1984): 515-526.

1985. Detroit Michigan.   Address by the Past President, Peirce Lewis: "Beyond Description," Annals 75 (1985): 465-478.

1986. Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Address by the Past President, Risa Palm: "Coming Home," Annals 76 (1986): 469-479.

1987. Portland, Oregon.   Address by the Past President, Ronald F. Abler: 'What Shall We Say? To Whom Shall We Speak?," Annals 77 (1987): 511-524.

1988. Phoenix, Arizona.   Address by the Past President, George J. Demko: "Geography beyond the Ivory Tower," Annals 78 (1988): 575- 579.

1989. Baltimore, Maryland.   Address by the Past President, Terry G. Jordan: "Preadaptation and European Colonization in Rural North America," Annals 79 (1989): 489-500.

1990. Toronto, Canada.   Address by the Past President, David Ward: "Social Reform, Social Surveys, and the Discovery of the Modern City," Annals 80 (1990): 491-503.

1991. Miami, Florida.   Address by the Past President, Saul B. Cohen: "Global Geopolitical Change in the Post-Cold War Era," Annals 81 (1991): 551-580.

1992. San Diego, California.   Address by the Past President, Susan Hanson: "Geography and Feminism: Worlds in Collision?" Annals 82 (1992): 569-586.

1993. Atlanta, Georgia.   Address by the Past President, John R. Mather: "A Shared Vision," Annals 83 (1993): 561-567.

1994. San Francisco, California.   Address by the Past President, Thomas J. Wilbanks: "'Sustainable Development' in Geographic Perspective," Annals 84 (1994): 541-556.

1995. Chicago, Illinois.   Address by the Past President, Robert W. Kates: "Labnotes from the Jeremiah Experiment: Hope for a Sustainable Transition," Annals 95 (1995): 623-640.

1996. Charlotte, North Carolina.  Address by the Past President, Stephen S. Birdsall: "Regard, Respect, and Responsibility: Sketches for a Moral Geography of the Everyday," Annals 86 (1996): 619-629.

1997. Ft. Worth, Texas.  Address by the Past President, Judy M. Olson: "Multimedia in Geography: Good, Bad, Ugly, or Cool?" Annals 87 (1997): 571-578.

1998.  Boston, Massachusetts.  Address by the Past President, Lawrence A. Brown, "Change, Continuity, and the Pursuit of Geographic Understanding," Annals 89 (1999): 1-25.

1999. Honolulu, Hawaii.  Address by the Past President, Patricia Gober: "In Search of Synthesis," Annals 90 (2000): 1-11.

2000.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Address by the Past President, William L. Graf, "Damage Control: Restoring the Physical Integrity
 of America's River,"  Annals 91 (2001) : 1-27.

2001.  New York, New York.  Address by the Past President, Reginald G. Golledge, "The Nature of Geographic Knowledge,"  Annals 92 (2002): 1-14.

2002.  Los Angeles, California.  Address by the Past President, Susan L. Cutter, "The Vulnerability of Science and the Science of Vulnerability," Annals 93 (2003):  1-12.

2003.  New Orleans, Louisiana.  Address by the Past President, Janice Monk, "Women, Gender, and the Histories of American Geography," Annals 94 (2004):  1-22.

2004.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Address by the Past President, M. Duane Nellis, "Geospatial Information Technology, Rural Resource Development, and Future Geographies," Annals 95 (2005): 1-10.

2005.  Denver, Colorado.  Address by the Past President, Alexander Murphy.

2006.  Chicago, Illinois.  Address by the Past President, Victoria Lawson.

2007.  San Francisco, California.   Address by the Past President, Richard Marston.

2008.  Boston, Massachusetts.  Address by the Past President, Kavita Pandit.


Last revised 2005.10.21. k.foote@colorado.edu