The AMERICAN YEAR Book is not a new-comer in the field of publication.
Ten volumes appeared covering the years from 1910 to 1919; then for five
years publication was suspended. The generous interest of Adolph Ochs
has smoothed away difficulties in the way of resuming the work on a larger
scale and with a wider survey of American affairs.
The prime motor behind this publication is the forty-five national socie-
ties whose representatives constitute an Advisory Board incorporated under
the name “American Year Book Corporation.” Acting in joint council as a
body, and through a Board of Directors, this organization is ultimately
responsible for the plan of the work, its scope, its lay-out, and its general
point of view. Members of the board have acted as individual representa-
tives in contributing or advising each for his own society in the field of his
special knowledge and interest. Without such a general council, and this
aid in securing contributors, it would have been impossible to bring together
the variety of materials by competent hands necessary for such a work.
The principles of assemblage and subdivision of the YEAR Book are made
clear by the Table of Contents. The whole range of events and discoveries
and advances is subdivided into 40 so-called Divisions. These Divisions
are all subdivided into sections, aggregating 360. While intended to include
a general survey of American matters, it is impossible in the space to
include all the fields of intellectual effort and accomplishment; and still
more to deal with many additional topics which might be serviceable to
Teaders and users of the book.
Many organizations and individuals, not directly represented in the
forty-five societies, have given valued coöperation to the work, and have
aided in the selection of contributors. To the volume of 1919, 118 persons
contributed. The space in the new volume has been enlarged by about one-
third, and the number of contributors has been raised to 256. The list of
contributors reveals a broad range, both of subjects and of writers. It
has been the aim of the editors throughout to find men and women of
standing in their particular fields, who also possessed the gift of statement
in literary form.
The plan has been followed of adding, at the end of each Division, a
brief statistical survey of the field, where the subject admitted of sucb
treatment; and then a brief list of selected books and periodical articles
which appeared upon that general subject during the year 1925. Many refer-
ences have been added dating from 1923 and 1924, because no Year Books
were printed for those years. In future issues it is expected that the
statistical and bibliographical data will be enlarged for all divisions.