The 1964 Report of the Commission on the Humanities argued that the humanities should have a place in federal efforts to provide for the common good. That report led to the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) a year later. ACLS is proud to have cosponsored the Commission along with the Council of Graduate Schools, and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. Twenty-four ACLS member societies contributed to the Commission's report.
Over 50 years later, when the President's proposed budget threatens the existence of the NEH, we reaffirm the need for strong federal funding to assure that the knowledge and understanding borne by the humanities are a common heritage and not reserved for a narrow elite.
Cosponsors of Report of the Commission on the Humanities
American Council of Learned Societies
Council of Graduate Schools
United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States
ACLS Member Societies
American Folklore Society
American Historical Association
Modern Language Association
Society of Architectural Historians