Academy of Accounting Historians


Special Announcement

Academy Becomes a Section of the AAA

Note Regarding Academy Website:
Beginning April 3, 2017, the Academy of Accounting Historians website, AAHHQ.ORG, will be automatically redirected to its new section homepage as part of the American Accounting Association.  The existing content has been migrated to the new site, to maintain a similar user experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Zakarias,

This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization.  In 2015 the membership voted to authorize the Academy leadership, under the direction of President Massimo Sargiacomo, to actively pursue an affiliation with the American Accounting Association (AAA).   A small team worked diligently through the late Fall of 2015 and early Winter of 2016 to prepare a Prospectus to present to the AAA, outlining the value proposition of making the Academy a section within the organization.  The Prospectus was presented to AAA leadership and in the Spring of 2016 the American Accounting Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to recognize the Academy of Accounting Historians as a new section.   The news of the AAA vote was announced at the 2016 World Congress and the Academy of Accounting Historians was welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.

The leadership of the Academy has designated a transition team which is working with AAA staff to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy to the new section within the AAA structure, with a planned completion of Spring 2017. Accordingly, the Accounting Historians Journal will be published as a AAA section journal beginning with Volume 44 in June, 2017. 

The exciting possibilities that lie ahead for the Academy have already taken hold within our membership as reflected by the recent donation to kick-off the 21st Century Historical Development Fund.  The new section provides a great platform to further our mission, to encourage research, publication, teaching and personal interchanges in all phases of accounting history and its interrelation with business and economic history including the environment within which they developed.

Robert Colson,

President, Academy of Accounting Historians

Mission: The purpose of this not-for-profit organization is to encourage research, publication, teaching and personal interchanges in all phases of accounting history and its interrelation with business and economic history including the environment within which they developed.

Academy Announcements

Upcoming Conferences & Events

American Accounting Association Annual Meeting

Each year the Academy holds multiple activities during the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting.  Next year, the meeting will be held in San Diego, California.  Check back for additional information on specific Academy events, including an accounting history focused CPE session.

15th World Congress of Accounting Historians

Start planning now, the next World Congress will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from July 1, 2020 to July 4, 2020 (dates are tentative).

Recent Conferences & Events

14th World Congress of Accounting Historians

Congratulations on a very successful 14th World Congress of Accounting Historians, which took place in picturesque Pescara, Italy.  With over 200 guests and 20+ countries represented, the event brought together colleagues from around the world.

2016 World Congress (Pescara, Italy)

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Professor Kuter makes a point about double entry accounting origins – Marina Gurskaya looks on.

History of the Academy of Accounting Historians

Interested in reading about the evolution of the Academy over time?  Click on the History page to access PDFs of the three-part series.

Renew Your Membership or Join Now

At this time, you may pay by credit card, Paypal account or by mailing in a check.  Click on Join the Academy.

2016 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016 award recipients!  Recipient information will also be available on the individual award pages and showcased in the October 2016 Notebook.  Please visit the Awards section of the website for more information.

Donate to the Academy

The Academy is grateful for the generous donations given by our members to help support the mission of the organization.

Would you like to purchase hard copies of past issues of the AHJ or the Notebook?  Contact the Academy Administrator at


Find the Accounting Historians Journal and the Accounting Historians Notebook on JSTOR


Looking for electronic versions of past issues of the AHJ and Notebook? Access online versions on the University of Mississippi's Digital Accounting Collection.

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