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    Jack Fitzmier and David Harrington Watt, representatives of the American Academy of Religion

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    ACLS societies foster high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship in the humanities.

Focus on Member Societies


ACLS asked the executive directors of our member societies to provide a brief description of the history and activities of their organizations. We are pleased to present these initial responses.

Founded: 1909
Admitted to ACLS: 1979

  The American Academy of Religion is the world's largest scholarly and professional association of academics, teachers, and research scholars dedicated to furthering knowledge of religions and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. 
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Founded: 1812
Admitted to ACLS: 1919

  The American Antiquarian Society was a founding member society of ACLS in 1919, and since then has worked to encourage humanities scholarship as well as to bring humanities research to a broader audience. Many of the most significant works of Americanist scholarship of the past century have been researched in the society’s reading room in Worcester.
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Founded: 1888
Admitted to ACLS: 1945

  The American Folklore Society serves the field of folklore studies, comprised of people and institutions that study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.
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Founded: 1956
Admitted to ACLS: 1973

  The American Society for Legal History was founded in 1956 to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the broad field of legal history. Although based in the United States, its purview and membership are international in scope.
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Founded: 1900
Admitted to ACLS: 1958

  The Association of American Law Schools is a nonprofit association of 178 US-based law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education.
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Founded: 1975
Admitted to ACLS: 1994

  The membership of the Dictionary Society of North America—a mix of academics, practicing lexicographers, and others who work with words and word usage—come from over 40 countries, with the majority working in the United States and Canada. They are scholars of dictionaries, librarians, booksellers, translators, linguists, publishers, writers, book collectors, journalists, lawyers, and people with avocational interests in dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauri.
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Founded: 1964
Admitted to ACLS: 1997

  The Law and Society Association is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts. Although they share a common commitment to developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law, interests of the members range widely.
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Founded: 1966
Admitted to ACLS: 1988

  The Middle East Studies Association of North America brings together scholars, educators, and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world. MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab world and North Africa from the seventh century to modern times.
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Founded: 1914
Admitted to ACLS: 1997

  The mission of the National Communication Association is to advance the academic discipline of communication as it studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.
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Founded: 1966
Admitted to ACLS: 2014

  Since 1966, the  Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for scholars and other practitioners interested in collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting oral history. Its regular activities include holding an annual meeting, where presentations include critiques and descriptions of research, evaluations of methodology, and discussions of curriculum, professional ethics and emergent technologies, as well as an extensive workshop program. 
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Founded: 1933
Admitted to ACLS: 2010

  The Society for Military History is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. The society's latest white paper is "The Role of Military History in the Contemporary Academy" by Tami Davis Biddle and Robert Citino, which chronicles the maturation of the field of military history and assesses its current place in American higher education.
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Founded: 1992
Admitted to ACLS: 2016

  The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing is the premier scholarly organization for those investigating the history of the written word from its earliest incarnations to its latest digital forms.
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Founded: 1880
Admitted to ACLS: 1929

  Since 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature has carried out its mission to "foster biblical scholarship," making it the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible and related texts from a variety of academic disciplines. This mission is continually driven through its core values, including respect for diversity, critical inquiry, scholarly integrity, inclusivity, and tolerance.
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