The American Arachnological Society (AAS) is a scientific organization founded in 1972 in order to promote the study of arachnids by seeking to achieve closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional arachnologists along with publication of the Journal of Arachnology. The society holds annual meetings around the United States and membership is open to all individuals who share the common objectives held by the society.
^Shear, William A. (1986), Spiders--webs, behavior, and evolution, Stanford University Press, ISBN978-0-8047-1203-3, Ten years later the American Arachnological Society was formed, with an original membership of some 100 scientists, a number of them interested Europeans, and a few from the Latin American countries... the 1981 congress at the University of Tennessee was attended by more scientists that the society had charter members only 8 years before. Two symposia and several formal paper presentations were held, and some seasoned participants described the meeting as the best scientific meeting that they had ever attended.
^Schultz, Stanley A.; Schultz, Marguerite J. (2009), The Tarantula Keeper's Guide: Comprehensive Information on Care, Housing, and Feeding (2 ed.), Barron's Educational Series, p. 360, ISBN978-0-7641-3885-0