In view of the distressful world situation, the International Congress of Mathematicians which was going to be held at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September, 1940, was postponed. An Emergency Executive Committee, consisting of Professors G. D. Birkhoff, W. C. Graustein, Einar Hille, M. H. Ingraham, J. R. Line, Marston Morse, R. G. D. Richardson, and M. H. Stone, was appointed to act during the interim.