The Name of the Society is the Charles Brockden Brown Society.


The Charles Brockden Brown Society is a non-profit educational organization founded to stimulate interest in the life and writings of Charles Brockden Brown (1770-1810) as well as other writers from this period and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among Brown scholars and other interested persons.


The membership of the Society is composed of persons and institutions who shall apply for membership and continue to pay annual dues or subscribe to a lifetime membership in the Society.


Dues of the Society are as follows:

Lifetime Member: $ 250.00
Regular Member: $ 20.00
Independent Scholar: $ 10.00
Student: $ 10.00


Officers of the Society are a President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, and an Advisory Board consisting of five additional members of the Society. The governing body of the Society, composed of all of the persons mentioned above in this article, is referred to hereafter as the Executive Council. All Council members are elected to two-year terms by majority vote of the members in a mail ballot.

  • The President presides at meetings, conducts necessary business throughout the year, convenes a meeting of the Executive Council at the annual meeting of the Society, and oversees the functions of the Society.
  • The Vice-President assists the President as necessary, and assumes the duties of the President in his or her absence.
  • The Executive Secretary/Treasurer coordinates activities and programs for the Society, appoints program chairs for annual and special meetings, handles general correspondence, maintains a membership list, solicits new members, collects dues, and pays all bills.
  • The Advisory Board, composed of persons who have made contributions to Brown scholarship, or who have stimulated interest in his life, times, or writings, provides advice and aid to the officers on an ongoing basis in carrying on the business of the Society.

Nominating Committee

A three-person Nominating Committee, appointed by the President, will be responsible for choosing candidates for open posts to be filled on the Executive Council.  Members of the Nominating Committee will serve two-year terms.


The Society meets in conjunction with the biennial convention it sponsors. In addition, the Executive Council may arrange Society programs at other times and places, such as meetings of the Modern Language Association, the American Literature Association, or the Society of Early Americanists. All members of the Society shall be encouraged through open calls for papers to participate in the Society’s programs.


The Charles Brockden Brown Society Website, maintained by the Society, shall regularly post notices, notes, queries, announcements, reviews, and other material of a brief nature related to Brown or of interest to the Society.

Amendments to the By-Laws

These by-laws may be amended at the biennial meeting of the Society by a two-thirds majority of the members present (quorum of twenty-five members), or by mail when proposed amendments are distributed to the entire membership of the Society and approved by two-thirds of the members returning ballots. All proposed amendments must be circulated among the entire membership at least one month prior to the biennial meeting or the mail ballot deadline.

Dissolution of the Society

Upon dissolution of the Society, all assets belonging to the Society after the discharge of any and all outstanding obligations shall become the property of a Brown-related institution approved by the Executive Council. Such institution must qualify as a tax-exempt institution under the terms of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended. (Especially shall no member or other individual be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the Society’s assets on dissolution of the Society.)