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THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED 
SOCIETIES 

Upon the invitation of the presidents and secretaries of the 
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American His- 
torical Association, extended to thirteen representative Ameri- 
can learned societies devoted to humanistic studies, a conference 
was held in Boston on September 19, 1919. The following 
societies were represented by delegates: the American Philoso- 
phical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 
the American Antiquarian Society, the Archaeological Institute 
of America, the Modern Language Association, the American 
Historical Association, the American Economic Association, the 
American Philosophical Association: and, unofficially, the 
American Philological Association and the American Oriental 
Society, the latter being represented by Professors J. B. Jewett 
and D. G. Lyon. Mr. William E. Thayer was chosen permanent 
chairman and Mr. Waldo G. Leland permanent secretary. The 
object of the conference was the establishment of a union of the 
humanistic societies in America, so as to enable this country to 
be properly represented in the Union Academique, a proposed 
international organization of learned societies devoted to human- 
istic studies, steps towards the formation of which were taken 
under the auspices of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles 
Lettres at a preliminary conference held in Paris on May 15 and 
17, 1919. 

It was formally resolved by the conference in Boston that, 
'It is the sense of this Conference that American learned socie- 
ties devoted to humanistic studies should participate as a group 
in the Union Academique.' Professor James T. Shotwell, of 
Columbia University, and Mr. William H. Buckler, of Baltimore, 
were appointed as American delegates to the session of the 
Union Academique to be held in Paris in October. Among the 
votes adopted by the conference was the statement that 'This 
Conference desires to express its deep interest in the subject of 
explorations and researches in Western Asia and hopes that a 
scheme of cooperation may be considered by the Union Aca- 
demique. ' 



78 Notes of Other Societies, etc. 

A draft of a Constitution of the affiliated American societies 
was then considered and adopted. It is as follows: 

Constitution 
Aet. I. This body shall be known as the American Council of Learned 
Societies devoted to Humanistic Studies. 

Art. II. Sect. A. The Council shall be composed of delegates of the 
national learned societies of the United States which are devoted to the 
advancement, by scientific methods, of the humanistic studies. 

Sect. B. Each of the thirteen societies herein named shall, upon ratifi- 
cation of this convention and constitution, be admitted to representation in 
the Council: 

The American Philosophical Society. 
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
The American Antiquarian Society. 
The American Oriental Society. 
The American Philological Association. 
The Archaeological Institute of America. 
The Modern Language Association of America. 
The American Historical Association. 
The American Economic Association. 
The American Philosophical Association. 
The American Political Science Association. 
The American Sociological Society. 
The American Society of International Law. 
Sect. C. Other societies may be admitted to representation in the Coun- 
cil by vote of three-fourths of all the delegates. 

Aet. III. Sect. A. Each society shall be represented in the Council 
by two delegates, chosen in such manner as the society may determine. 

Sect. B. The term of office of delegates shall be four years, but at the 
first election of delegates from each society a short term of two years shall 
be assigned to one of the delegates, and thereafter one delegate shall be 
chosen every two years. 

Art. IV. The officers of the Council shall consist of a chairman, a vice- 
chairman, and a secretary-treasurer, who shall be chosen for such terms 
and in such manner as the Council may determine, but no two officers shall 
be from the same society. 

Art. V. The Council shall determine its own rules of procedure and 
shall enact such by-laws, not inconsistent with this constitution, as it may 
deem desirable. 

Aet. VI. The Council shall hold at least one meeting each year, which 
meeting shall be not less than two months prior to the stated annual 
meeting of the Union Aeademique. 

Aet. VII. The Council shall choose such number of delegates to rep- 
resent the United States in the Union Aeademique as may be prescribed by 
the statutes of the Union, and shall prepare their instructions, and in gen- 
eral shall be the medium of communication between the Union and the 
societies which are represented in the Council. 



Notes of Other Societies, etc. 79 

Art. VIII. The Council may upon its own initiative take measures to 
advance the general interests of the humanistic studies, and is especially 
charged with maintaining and strengthening relations among the societies 
which are represented in it. 

Art. IX. Sect. A. In order to meet its own necessary administrative 
expenses and to pay the annual contribution of the United States to the 
administrative budget of the Union Academique the Council shall, until 
otherwise provided, assess upon each society represented in it an annual 
contribution of not less than twenty-five dollars, nor more, except as a 
minimum contribution, than a sum equal to five cents for each member of 
the society. 

Sect. B. The Council may receive gifts and acquire property for the 
purpose indicated above. 

Art. X. The Council shall make a report to the societies each year set- 
ting forth in detail all the acts of the Council and all receipts and expendi- 
tures of money. 

Art. XI. Identical instructions from a majority of the societies which 
are represented in the Council shall be binding upon it. 

Art. XII. The Council may be dissolved by a vote of two-thirds of the 
societies represented therein. 

Art. XIII. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by a vote 
of two-thirds of the Council and shall take effect when ratified by a major- 
ity of the societies represented in the Council. 

Art. XIV. This convention and constitution shall be presented to the 
societies named in Article II, Section B, and shall be put into effect when 
they shall have been ratified by any seven of them. 

The meeting of the Committee of the Union Academique was 
held in Paris on Oct. 15-18, 1919, the American representatives 
being Mr. Buckler and, in the absence of Prof. Shotwell, Dr. 
Louis H. Gray. A constitution of the Union was drafted, which 
is to be submitted to the American learned societies for ratifica- 
tion, but no copies of it are known to have reached this country 
as yet. It was also decided that the next meeting of the Union 
be held in May, 1920. 

The foregoing information was communicated by the Corre- 
sponding Secretary of this Society to its Directors in a circular 
letter dated Dec. 13, 1919, so that they might make such recom- 
mendations as they might see fit to the Society at its Annual 
Meeting. 

The Constitution of the American Council of Learned Socie- 
ties Devoted to Humanistic Studies has already been ratified 
by eight of the thirteen societies participating in the Boston 
Conference, viz: the American Philosophical Society, the Amer- 



80 Notes of Other Societies, etc. 

ican Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Antiquarian 
Society, the American Philological Association, the Archaeolo- 
gical Institute of America, the American Historical Association, 
the American Economic Association, and the American Socio- 
logical Society. Six of these societies have appointed their 
delegates to the Council, the first meeting of which, it is now 
expected, will be held in New York City on February 14. 

Although the American Oriental Society has not yet ratified 
the Constitution of the American Council, it has been asked to 
send two informal representatives to the coming meeting, and 
the President of the Society has appointed as such Prof. Morris 
Jastrow, Jr., and Prof. Maurice Bloomfield. 

P. S. — At the first meeting of the American Council, held in 
New York on February 14, organization was effected. The fol- 
lowing officers were elected: Prof. Charles H. Haskins, chair- 
man; Prof. John C. Rolfe, vice-chairman; Prof. George M. 
Whicher, secretary-treasurer. Professor Jastrow attended the 
meeting as the informal representative of this Society. 



PERSONALIA 

M. Sylvain Levi, Honorary Member of this Society, has been 
commissioned by the French Minister of Public Instruction to 
organize the department of Oriental Languages in the reconsti- 
tuted French University of Strasbourg.