The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society.  Our founders participated in the birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Publications

The American Philosophical Society is the oldest continuously running scholarly press in the nation and publishes books and articles from all fields of study.

We apologize for the unplanned delay, but final publication, printing, and mailing of our Proceedings and Transactions issues are delayed for now because of the current closure of the American Philosophical Society. The APS is undertaking strong social distancing measures to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and employees are working from home. Once we receive notice that offices can reopen, the printer will be asked to resume operations and mailing issues.

The American Philosophical Society first began publishing manuscripts in 1771 and has since held firm to Benjamin Franklin’s mission to promote useful knowledge. Our monograph and journal publications highlight works and research from all fields of study.

The APS publishes two series of monographs, a quarterly journal, a print-on-demand series, a yearbook for Members, and special publications.