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After all, the SGSR was founded as a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with a number of SGSR presidents also serving as presidents for the AAAS.
The General Systems Yearbook has been published by the Society for General Systems Research (hereafter SGSR) since 1958, now having 26 annual volumes .
It did stimulate a series of conscious internal criticisms of the field which have lately taken the form of Guest Editorials by Miller , Wilson  and Troncale  in the SGSR's quarterly General Systems Bulletin.
This can also be observed to be generally the case up to 1984 if one examines either the Yearbooks of the SGSR or its Annual Proceedings.
Wide recognition goes to an array of science and research colleagues, most of whom served as presidents and/or board members of SGSR and ISSS during or after my own term in presidential office and later in the board of distinguished advisors.
In Proceedings of SGSR Conf., Washington D.C., Jan.
From the address in the most recent volume (1988), I tried to track down the office of the society and was eventually directed to Linda Peeno, then Managing Director of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS, formerly SGSR), in Louisville, Kentucky.
One of the research fellows at the institute had been a graduate student in the 1950s, working with Miller, Gerard, and Rapoport during the early years of SGSR; he told some enlightening tales of that era.
Margaret Mead is recognized as one of the founders of SGSR, although she was not involved with the original planning at CASBS, and I decided not to include her in my own thesis, as her contribution to the field of cybernetics and systems has been well documented by Steve Heims (1991).
Although I disagree with some of Richardson's interpretations, particularly as they relate to the founders of the SGSR, his distinctions reflect a similar tension between the concepts of control and self-organization.
In reflecting on the context of the founding of the SGSR, as well as the motivations of the original founders, it is useful to consider the goals for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where the idea for the society was first proposed in the fall of 1954.
In: Proceedings SGSR 25th Annual Conference, Toronto, January 1981.
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