Shakespeare-Oxford Society

Dedicated to Researching and Honoring the True Bard

About

History

The Shakespeare Oxford Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization established in the state of New York in 1957. All contributions are tax-deductible. The Federal tax number is: 13-6105314. The New York State tax number is: 07182.

It has operated continuously since then, and is now headquartered at PO Box 808, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-9998, (914) 962-1717. E-mail: Shakespeare Oxford Society President, John Hamill

The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees, the current (2012-2013) members of which are:

  • John Hamill, President (San Francisco, CA)
  • Richard N. Joyrich, Past President (W.Bloomfield, MI)
  • Virginia Hyde, Treasurer (Wilton, CT)
  • Robin Fox (Princeton, NJ)
  • Joan Leon (Berkeley, CA)
  • Michael Pisapia (Woodside, NY)
  • Jim Boyd (Millwood, NY)
  • Ramon Jimenez (Berkeley, CA)
  • Thomas Rucker (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Stuart Green (Kalispell, MT)
  • Brian Bechtold (Kalispell, MT)

Current (2013) active membership is approximately 520

Publications

The Society’s newsletter was founded in March 1965 as a simple “letter” to the members with news of Society activities and the authorship debate. It has been published continuously since then. Society President Francis T. Carmody wrote and mailed the first issue (before his untimely death in 1965). Richard C. Horne, Jr. then carried on, both as Society President and as newsletter editor (1965-1975) –with much assistance from Honorary Society President Charlton Ogburn, Jr. during these years. In 1975 Gordon Cyr, at Mr. Horne’s request, took over as newsletter editor (1975-1978). He was then followed by Charlton Ogburn, Jr. (1978-1981), Warren Hope (1981-1985), Morse Johnson (1985-1995), and William Boyle (1996-2001). Katherine Chiljan(2001-2003), Robert Brazil (2002), Gary Goldstein (2004), Ramon L. Jimenez and Jim Brooks (2005). The newsletter was called the Newsletter – Shakespeare Oxford Society (ISSN 0276-2005) until 1995. In 1996, the Newsletter was renamed The Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter (ISSN 1525-6863). Back issues of the newsletter are archived on the website click here.

In October 1998 the Society published the first issue of its new scholarly journal, The Oxfordian (ISSN 1521-3641). This annual journal publishes lengthier articles and research findings intended for academic readers.

This website was launched in September 1995. Besides introductory articles and discussions about the Authorship Question, it features the online magazine Ever Reader. In 2004, the website was redesigned and converted from the old “html” to the new “xhtml” computer web code.

Conferences

The Society held its first annual conference in Baltimore in the fall of 1976. The meeting was called in response to the death of Mr. Richard C. Horne, Jr. earlier in 1976 (March). Since Mr. Horne had been handling virtually all of the Society’s business for ten years (as both President, newsletter editor, and more), his passing resulted in the need for all Society members to gather together, select new officers, and decide on the Society’s future.Conferences were generally held on the East coast until the 1990s, when –due to the substantial increases in membership around the country– it was decided by the Board of Trustees to hold the Conferences in different parts of the country each year.

Since 1976, the complete list of conference venues is:

  • 1976 – Baltimore MD (1st)
  • 1977 – Rosyln VA (2nd)
  • 1978 – Philadelphia PA (3rd)
  • 1979 – No Conference held
  • 1980 – Washington DC (4th)
  • 1981 – Philadelphia PA (5th)
  • 1982 – Washington DC (6th)
  • 1983 – Washington DC (7th)
  • 1984 – Washington DC (8th)
  • 1985 – Washington DC (9th)
  • 1986 – Boston MA (10th)
  • 1987 – Washington DC (11th)
  • 1988 – Richmond VA (12th)
  • 1989 – New Orleans LA (13th)
  • 1990 – Pasadena CA (14th)
  • 1991 – Palm Beach FL (15th)
  • 1992 – Cleveland OH (16th)
  • 1993 – Boston MA (17th)
  • 1994 – Carmel CA (18th)
  • 1995 – Greensboro NC (19th)
  • 1996 – Minneapolis MN (20th)
  • 1997 – Seattle WA (21st)
  • 1998 – San Francisco CA (22nd)
  • 1999 – Boston MA (23rd)
  • 2000 – Stratford, Ontario (Canada) (24th)
  • 2001 – Carmel CA (25th)
  • 2002 – Washington, DC (26th)
  • 2003 – New York, NY (27th)
  • 2004 – Atlanta, GA (28th)
  • 2005 – Ashland, OR (29th)
  • 2006 – Ann Arbor, MI (30th)
  • 2007 – Carmel, CA (31st)
  • 2008 – White Plains, NY (32nd)
  • 2009 – Houston, TX (33rd)
  • 2010 – Ashland, OR (34th)
  • 2011 – Washington, DC (35th)
  • 2012 – Pasadena, CA (36th)
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