The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America announced September 29 an agreement for the AMS to acquire the MAA?s book publishing program. The highquality mathematics titles and textbooks developed and edited by MAA Press will now be published as an imprint of the AMS Book Program. This agreement includes all existing MAA Press books, as well as a renewable license to continue to publish new books under the MAA Press imprint.
A Brief History of the American Mathematical Society
The American Mathematical Society (AMS) got its start in 1888 as the New York Mathematical Society, the brainchild of mathematician Thomas Fiske. In 1891, Charlotte Scott became the first woman to join, and in 1894 the society reorganized under its present name, becoming a national group. Julia Robinson became the first female president of the AMS in 1983, and in 1988 the AMS first published the Journal of the American Mathematical Society, as its flagship periodical. Today, some 30,000 individuals and 570 institutions worldwide make up the AMS.


In 2016, Catherine Roberts became the first female to lead the American Mathematical Society.
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In 2016, Helen Grundman became first Director of Education and Diversity.

November 24, 2013 — In 2013, the AMS celebrated 125 years of advancing mathematics.

2012
The goals of the Fellows Program are:
 To create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession
 To honor not only the extraordinary but also the excellent
 To lift the morale of the profession by providing an honor more accessible than those currently available
 To make mathematicians more competitive for awards, promotion and honors when they are being compared with colleagues from other disciplines
 To support the advancement of more mathematicians in leadership positions in their own institutions and in the broader society

This Joint Mathematics Meeting was the largest JMM in history. Close to 7200 registered! Were you there?

2010
AMS Research Journals Archive is Digitized
The American Mathematical Society established a complete digital archive of its mathematical research journals. Over 34,000 articles are available from more than one hundred years of highquality mathematical research in Journal of the AMS, Mathematics of Computation, Proceedings of the AMS, Transactions of the AMS, and Bulletin of the AMS. All back issues, starting with each journal's inaugural issue through the present, are now available in electronic format.

The inaugural Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) summer conferences,Teichmüller Theory and LowDimensional Topology, Scientific Computing and Advanced Computation and Computational Algebra and Convexity, were held at the Snowbird Resort in Utah, June 1427.

The complete set of Annual Survey reports going back to 1957 can be found on the AMS website for those interested in tracing the history of various issues.

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2000
SIAM joined the AMS and MAA in sponsoring the JMM

1999
Over 500,000 reviews added to the MathSciNet^{®} database.
The American Mathematical Society completed its twoyear project of adding fulltext reviews from the early archives of Mathematical Reviews (MR) to the MathSciNet database. During that project, all reviews from 19401979 were keyboarded–over 80,000 pages of Mathematical Reviews. The number of searchable reviews from 1940 to the present now on MathSciNet totals nearly 1,400,000. The entire collection contains for the first time online searchable reviews of a major part of mathematics from the past 60 years.

MathSciNet  the online subscription service from the AMS  provides searching of over 55 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. Mathematical Reviews is available from 1940 to the present with full text of reviews available from 1980 to the present.

The first public beta version of MathSciNet, the American Mathematical Society's World Wide Web version of the Mathematical Reviews database, is released for testing. Scheduled for public release on January 1, 1996, MathSciNet delivers unparalleled access to the Mathematical Reviews database by taking full advantage of the Web's hypertext linking capabilities. Access MathSciNet online

The AMS first electroniconly journal came online: Volume 01, Number 01, 1995.



1992
AMS opened Washington, DC office
The AMS Strategic Planning Task Force concludes that the AMS must have an effective, proactive, and sustaining presence in the national decisionmaking process – a presence than can best be achieved by physically locating and AMS office and staff in Washington.

The Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society began electronic distribution, and was the first AMS journal to go online.

1990
eMATH Introduced
On October 15th the AMS introduced eMATH, its new electronic service for the mathematical profession. Access was available via TELNET . In its first month of operation, more than 1500 accesses were logged.
The AMS began offering electronic preregistration for meetings by email

In March of 1989, the AMS became the first scientific society to release its database on CDROM. Called MathSci Disc, the CDROM collection contained all of the reviews from MR 1985  1988 and 70,000 Current Mathematical Publications records on one 3.5 inch compact disc.

1988
Journal of the American Mathematical Society commenced publication




The editorial office was initially at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, but moved to the nearby AMS office in 1951 when the AMS moved from New York to Providence.
Since 1965, the editorial office has been in Ann Arbor, in several different locations, including its present home in a suitably colored orange brick building, built as the Michigan Union Brewery in 1902.
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Notices of the American Mathematical Society commenced publication. "The Council of the Society, on October 24, 1953 voted to establish a new periodical called Notices of the American Mathematical Society. In establishing the Notices, the Council have sought to include only material of temporary interest, which should in general be discarded quickly although it can be preserved by those who wish to." Ref: Notices, Issue 1, February 1954. P3. Read The Notices online

1953
Now known as the Employment Center, the Employment Register began in 1953 as just a binder of job openings at academic institutions, industrial firms and government agencies which was passed from meeting to meeting.


Mathematical Reviews commenced publication in January 1940 with Volume 1, Number 1. This issue contained 32 pages and 176 reviews.
Interesting fact: Up until 1942, the Society gave a premium consisting of a microfilm reading machine with an initial three year subscription to MR.





1892

In 1888, Van Amringe was elected as the society's first president. He spent his entire academic career at Columbia College, and was actively involved in his church, served on the boards of the New York Historical Society and St. Luke's Hospital, and frequently attended caucuses of his poitical party in New York City. He was a revered teacher, active alumnus, great orator, and prominent first leader of the AMS.