Last Updated: 2009, March 1

Scholarly Societies Project


Historical Data / Chronology of Scholarly Societies [Websites]
Inventory of the Oldest Scholarly Societies (1323-1849)
[538 societies; 427 history pages; 297 websites]
1850-1859 [34]
[49 societies]
1860-1869 [42]
[52 societies]
1870-1879 [60]
[70 societies]
1880-1899 [195]
1900-1909 [129]
1910-1919 [132]
1920-1929 [202]
1930-1939 [178]
1940-1949 [283]
1950-1959 [380]
1960-1969 [434]
1970-1979 [481]
1980-1989 [461]
1990-1999 [455]
2000-2009 [55]


In this area we give a chronology of the dates of founding of most of the scholarly societies covered by the Project. We have prepared this section to complement the historical remarks in the set of essays that begin the Project.

The chronology makes it clear that until well into the nineteenth century, scholarly societies tended to be of broad scope (usually covering all the sciences or all the arts, or both), and associated with a definite geographical area. The chronology also demonstrates that with the passage of time, increasingly specialized scholarly societies came into being.

The chronology covers virtually all of the societies included in the Scholarly Societies Project. The only omissions are for a handful of societies included prior to February 1995 for which the editor has not been able to determine a founding date, not even by contacting the societies themselves. For societies added since that time, a condition of inclusion in the Project is that all societies must provide the year of founding when requested, if the Editor cannot determine it from the web site or using standard directories.

Overview of the Scholarly Societies Project

Scholarly Societies Project

facilitating access to information about scholarly societies across the world since 1994
last modified: 2009, December 27

NEWS/EDITORIAL 2009, December 27
Fifteen Years of the Scholarly Societies Project

4157 Scholarly Societies, 3832 Websites
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By Subject [83]
By Country
By Language
By Founding Dates
Inventory of the Oldest Scholarly Societies (1323-1849)

Special Kinds of Scholarly Societies
Academies and Royal Societies of Broad Scope [272]
International Unions [88]
Federations of Scholarly Societies [198]

Special Resources at Scholarly Society Websites
Meeting/Conference Announcement Lists
Standards [59]
Full-Text Serials

Scholarly Societies and Scholarly Communication [essays]
Meeting Sponsors and Publishers
Bibliographic Work
Interactions with Commercial Publishers
Crisis in Scholarly Publishing
Creating a Society Web Site
Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

For a rough translation of this page, including all hyperlinks, into one of the above languages, copy the URL to the Altavista Babelfish Translator.

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