The American Society of Architectural Historians (ASAH)—as SAH was called until 1947—was formally established at the Harvard Faculty Club on a balmy late-July evening in 1940. Turpin Bannister, then teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was elected the Society's first president and tasked with editing the first issue of its journal. Appearing in January 1941, that issue was printed in purple ink on a spirit duplicator (or Ditto machine) and bound in orange construction paper. On its cover was a drawing of an ancient Roman brickyard stamp, in reference to the lone and otherwise unillustrated article inside: “The Roman Brick Industry and Its Relationship to Roman Architecture,” by Harvard...

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