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AAR was established in 1991 through the association of the Society of Authors' representations (founded in 1928) and the Independent Literary Agents Association (founded in 1977). In order to be eligible for the AAR, an agency must comply with the AAR' s statutes and commit to signing its ethics canon.
The AAR website and browseable agents data base have recently been upgraded. On the basis of our latest brainpower, it seems that AAR has come to the disk and has tried to maintain and maintain its data base on a regular basis. We do not believe that AAR memberships are a monochrome acid test for good and evil.
Returning to the Stoneage (2005-ish) before the blast of agentblogs and Twitter and Facebook, and Heck, even before AQ..... Yes, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay at that time it was still reasonable for an agency not to have a website and most of them shy away from the concept of e-mail. Authors who were looking for an AAR member were instructed by "connoisseurs" only to question AAR members.
As an AAR member, some kind of Primadonna five-star hallmark of consent was accepted -- AAR media were the best means in the city; they were accepted the most ethically; most sincere; worked the toughest on behalf both of their mandators and were 100% indubitable. Being an AAR member is still relevant - a kind of.....
However, getting literature from an AAR operative is certainly not the Holy Grail that it once was. Particularly now that legitimate agencies do not necessarily have to be located in New York City - thanks to e-mail and the web. It is also important to keep in mind that the AAR member base is full of a metric ton of very old, very mature and very experienced operatives, and some might even say.... very old-fashioned operatives.
Another nice thing about the AAR data base is that the agent is in charge of the update of their own AAR-profile. So, for many of these VAs who still don't have sites.... (yes, there are top dogs that are THE top dogs that they don't need a site), the AAR data base is probably one of the only places where they maintain a semi-up-to-date website.