Skip to main content

Administration and Finance Collection, 1923–2015

Scope and Content

The Administration and Finance Collection contains paper byproducts of the activities of the administrative and financial offices of the MLA. These archives document history relating to the general governance of the MLA, its headquarters, membership services, association finances, and grant-funded projects. Items include staff manuals, job descriptions, member correspondence, member information, and grant applications and reports since 1923.


  • 1923–2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is partially open for research. The Governance and Honorary Fellows Subseries, and final reports relating to grant-funded projects are open for research. All other materials are closed. Material may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction is permitted at the discretion of the association.


7.6 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged into three series with multiple subseries and sub-subseries.



Grant Funding Agencies

Related Materials

See the Cashbooks Collection, 1911—1968 for additional financial history.

Processing Information

In 2018 the administrative, financial, and grant-related files were processed as part of the NEH-funded grant targeting the processing of the General Chronological Collection. These materials were pulled from the General Chronological Collection and stored under the Administration and Finance Collection in an effort to organize files within the office of their generation. As materials processed under this grant must be opened to the public, the restricted financial and administrative materials (which include confidential information) were not fully processed. These records remain unweeded, uncataloged, and only partially ordered. They are scheduled to be processed at the end of the NEH-funded project.

Repository Details

Part of the Modern Language Association Archives Repository

Modern Language Association
85 Broad Street
Suite 500
New York New York 10004 USA