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Sneath, E. Hershey.
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Strong, B. Norman.
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Wilkins, Blanche.

.New Britain

.Hartford New Haven

.Norwich .Hartford .Norwich

.Niantic New Haven Wallingford

. Windsor Southington .Bridgeport . Middletown

Waterbury .New Britain

..Hartford New Haven

Danbury .Middletown New Haven

Hartford .New Haven


.Hartford New Britain

.Hartford So. Manchester

.W. Hartford New Britain .New Britain .W. Hartford

Balliet, Thomas M..
Ellery, Edward.
Lang, Ossian H..
Mead, Emery L..
Walker, Amasa.

Washington Square, New York

Schenectady .61 East 9th Street, New York

.Utica .91 Fifth Ave., New York

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Reed, George H..

D. C.
Cummings, G. J..

Leonia .Jersey City





Adopted August, 1879, as a substitute for the older one,

and amended July, 1886, July, 1891, and July, 1898.


We, whose names are hereunto subjoined, pledging our zealous efforts to promote the cause of popular education, agree to adopt the following Constitution.


The society shall be known by the title of the American Institute of Instruction.



The members of the Institute shall be divided into three classes, styled active, associate, and honorary.

2. Any person interested in the cause of education and recommended by the Committee on Membership may become an active member by a major vote of the members present and voting at any regular meeting.

3. Only active members shall be empowered to vote and hold office.

4. Any active member who shall for the period of one year neglect to pay the annual assessment, shall by such neglect forfeit his membership.

5. Any person of good moral character may become an associate member for the current year by paying the annual assessment.

6. Honorary members may be elected by the Institute on recommendation of two-thirds of the Directors present at any stated meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE III.-MEETINGS. 1. The Annual Meeting shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors shall appoint.

2. Special meetings may be called by the Directors.

3. Due notice of the meetings of the Institute shail be given in the public journals.

ARTICLE IV.-OFFICERS. I. The officers of the Institute shall be a President, Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, and twelve Counsellors, all of whom shall constitute a Board of Directors.

2. The officers shall be elected annually by ballot and shall continue in office till their successors shall be chosen.

ARTICLE V.-DUTIES OF OFFICERS. I. The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the Institute and of the Board of Directors and shall keep a record of their transactions.

2. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys of the Institute, and shall render an accurate

statement of his receipts and payments annually, and whenever called upon by the Board of Directors, to whom he shall give such bonds for the faithful performance of his duty as they shall require. He shall inake no payment except by the order of the Finance Committee of the Board.

3. The Board of Directors shall devise and carry into execution such measures as may promote the general interests of the Institute, shall have charge of the property of the Institute, shall be authorized to publish its proceedings and such papers relating to education as may seem to them desirable. They shall have power to fill all vacancies in their Board, from members of the Institute, and make By-Laws for its government. They shall have power to vote an annual assessment of one dollar upon the members, except honorary members, and to remit the payment thereof, when in their judgment it may seem wise to do so. They shall annually elect the following standing committees :

(1) A committee of six, who with the President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall constitute the Committee on Membership, whose duty it shall be to report to the Institute from time to time, the names of such persons as they may recommend for membership.

(2) A committee of three on Finance, whose duty it shall be to audit the accounts of the Treasurer, and under the control of the Board of Directors. to draw orders on the Treasurer for the payment of charges against the Institute.

(3) A committee of three on Necrology.

4. Stated meetings of the Board shall be held on the first Saturday in January and on the first day of the Annual Meeting of the Institute.

ARTICLE VI.-BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS. I. By-Laws not repugnant to this Constitution may be adopted at any regular meeting.

2. This Constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at the Annual Meeting, provided two-thirds of the Directors present at the stated meeting shall agree to recommend the proposed alteration or amendment.


1. At all meetings of the Board of Directors, seven menibers shail be necessary to constitute a quorum to do business.

2. It shall be the duty of the Secretary, on application of any two Directors, to call special meetings of the Board at such time and place as the President may appoint.

3. Before each Annual Meeting the Treasurer shall have printed certificates of membership, numbered consecutively from one upward. These certificates shall be attached to stubs having the corresponding numbers printed thereon. The book of stubs left after the certificates of membership are detached therefrom shall form a part of the Treasurer's account, to be delivered to the Finance Committee, for the purpose of auditing the accounts of the Institute.

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