Talk:American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Bela Lyon Pratt was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which had been founded in 1780. In the 19th century, it was occasionally referred to as the "National Academy" by some writers. I am removing Bela Lyon Pratt's name from the page. Superslum 18:23, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

AAAS members[edit]

A book containing the names of members from 1780 to 2005 may be viewed at that URL. Bela Lyon Pratt was elected in 1913.

Superslum 22:45, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

They are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Superslum 23:00, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Other groups[edit]

Redundant membership lists?[edit]

When I first stumbled across this article, the text included three distinct paragraphs listing members: (a) living members in 1924; (b) living members in 1909; and (c) members who were no longer living in 1909. None of these lists were in alphabetical order. Now, having alphabetized each membership set, I only know that the 1924 list remains in the text where it was placed by an unknown editor for who-knows-what reason. The plausibly redundant lists of academicians have been moved here ....

First ten years information

The first annual meeting of the Academy of Arts and Letters was held in 1909 and the living members of the Academy at that time were:

The deceased membership in 1909 included: Edwin Austin Abbey; Thomas Bailey Aldrich; John Bigelow; Samuel L. Clemens; Francis Marion Crawford; Horace Howard Furness; Augustus Saint Gaudens; Daniel Coit Gilman; Richard Watson Gilder; Edward Everett Hale; Joel Chandler Harris; Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Winslow Homer; Bronson Howard; Julia Ward Howe; Joseph Jefferson; John La Farge; Henry Charles Lea; John Hay; Edward MacDowell; Charles Follen McKim; Francis Davis Millet; Donald Grant Mitchell; William Vaughn Moody; Charles Eliot Norton; Carl Schurz; Edmund Clarence Stedman; John Quincy Adams Ward.

At this point, I don't know an easy way to verify the accuracy of any of this material; but I did note that William Elliot Griffis, one of the founding members of the organization, was omitted entirely. In the absence of any bibliographic references or in-line citations, the only fact on which anyone can rely is that William Elliot Griffis was a member from 1898 through his death in February 1928. --Tenmei (talk) 20:17, 5 March 2008 (UTC)


  • I removed the 'United States National Academies' category as it is a proprietary name (see United States National Academies,) and this article's organization is not one of those academies: that category ([[Category:United States National Academies]]) is for those academies. The phrase is a descriptive name and sounds like it could apply to any national academy, and often gets confused with the name specific to the organization known as the United States National Academies. I too confused its use on another article, and I see others have as well. -- Sctechlaw (talk) 08:58, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

John Updike story set in the American Academy of Arts and Letters: would an AAAL scholar please read and critique here?[edit]

One of that great American author's best known books, Bech: a Book, climaxes with a story, "Bech Enters Heaven," which takes place in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The story is fictional, comic; but as a college professor, I would guess that Updike's famous fidelity to realistic detail probably makes the story the best record of the emotional role that institutions like the AAAL once played in America's culture. The story would be useful to anyone trying to reconstruct that. But Updike scholars like myself may be coming here in hope of finding material which helps us understand "Bech Enters Heaven." How much is invented? How accurate is the ceremony described? Any details about Updike's relationship with the AAAL? Profhum (talk) 20:12, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

"Distinguished Service to the Arts" recipients[edit]

The list of recipients of Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts is readily available on the AAAL's website, at

I'm not sure that it's worth listing the 70 or so current recipients here. It might be worth listing only the most recent ones.

Maybe it's worth another Wikipedia page for the full list, linking each recipient to their own page (where they have one).

In any case, I think the "dynamic list" warning can be removed. The list is dynamic over time as an additional award is granted each year, but it is not an "incomplete" list.

Any concerns? Magnabonzo (talk) 16:49, 17 November 2011 (UTC)