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Founded 1842


The American Oriental Society is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship. The Society was founded in 1842, preceded only by such distinguished organizations of general scope as the American Philosophical Society (1743), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1780), and the American Antiquarian Society (1812). From the beginning its aims have been humanistic. The encouragement of basic research in the languages and literatures of Asia has always been central in its tradition. This tradition has come to include such subjects as philology, literary criticism, textual criticism, paleography, epigraphy, linguistics, biography, archaeology, and the history of the intellectual and imaginative aspects of Oriental civilizations, especially of philosophy, religion, folklore and art. The scope of the Society's purpose is not limited by temporal boundaries: All sincere students of man and his works in Asia, at whatever period of history are welcomed to membership.

Journal of the American Oriental Society
  • Table of Contents
and Publication Schedule

Guidelines for the Submission of Manuscripts, JAOS Stylesheet
• Publishers: Books for Review
AOS Publications (Series, Essays, Translations)

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Membership Information
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Annual Meeting 2014
   • Past Meetings: Programs, Abstracts, Historical Review

Hackney Fellowship

Greenfield Prize

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Program of the 225th Annual Meeting
Abstracts of Communications
Registration List and Schedule of Sectional Meetings (03/04/2015)

Call for Papers: 225th Annual Meeting and Meeting Information (13-16 March 2015, New Orleans, LA)

Renew your membership in the AOS for 2015 and pre-register for the 201 Annual Meeting now.

Make a tax-deductable contribution to the AOS Endowment Funds or the Graduate Student Award Fund (Log-in, and go to the "Online Store")

Book Exhibit Information for Publishers

Graduate Student Award Fund for Travel to the Annual Meeting

Future Annual Meetings: 2015-2018

Journal of the American Oriental Society now accessible to current members and subscribers at JSTOR

AOS Western Branch Annual Meeting Call for Papers (October 9 to 10, 2015, Boulder, CO)
     Western Branch Website (NEW)

Roy Andrew Miller (1924–2014)

Travel Web Sites

JSTOR–Free Access to Early Journal Content and Serving “Unaffiliated” Users (Including JAOS v. 1 (1843-49)–v. 42 (1922))

Historic AOS Videos
American Oriental Society: Centenary of Benno Landsberger (Atlanta: 200th Annual Meeting, March 26, 1990): Miguel Civil, Samuel Greengus, Hans Güterbock, Thorkild Jacobsen, Anne Kilmer, and (the mystery guest) Eugen Merzbacher - Jack M. Sasson, Chair

An Evening of Reminiscences (New Haven: 196th Annual Meeting, March 10, 1986): Theodor Gaster, Cyrus Gordon, Hans Güterbock, Samuel N. Kramer, and Edith Porada - Jack M. Sasson, Chair

Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2014)
The AOS again this past year has received an anonymous gift of $5000 to be matched by additional gifts from the membership to support the Graduate Student Award Fund. Last year's gift was matched by the generous gifts of the members. Members are encouraged to continue their generosity this year. Gifts totaled $14,495 in 2014.

Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds(2005)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2006)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2007)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2008)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2009)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2010)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2011)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2012)
Contibutors to the AOS Endowment Funds (2013)

American Oriental Society Medal of Merit Recipients

Franz Rosenthal Prize

Honorary Members

JAOS Table of Contents

Backrun of the Journal of the American Oriental Society vol. 1- (1843-) is now available at JSTOR.

Membership Directory (Access is restricted to AOS members)

Officers of the Society (2014-2015)
   2015 Election Results

Library of the American Oriental Society
       Catalogue of the library of the American oriental society / edited by Elizabeth Strout (1930)


American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships & Grants
Recent Awardees

Publishers and Vendors:
Books for Review in JAOS: Instructions for Publishers
CLAIMS for Missing or Damaged Issues of JAOS

Constitution of the American Oriental Society
    Constitution in PDF (36K)
    Constitution of the American Oriental Society 1843

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