One of our members, Kevin J. Berland, is the founder, owner, factotum, etc., of the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Discussion Bulletin Board (C18-L).

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The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer

The Society's newsletter, the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, formerly the East-Central Intelligencer, is the most substantial of the ASECS-affiliate societies' newsletters, averaging over 70 pages for each of its two annual issues. The editor is James E. May; he can be contacted at

The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
N.S. Volume 36, Number 1: March 2022

To read or download the latest issue of EC/ASECS’s renowned bi-annual publication, click here.

  The East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies held its first meeting in 1970, a few months after the inaugural meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ACECS), of which it is an affiliate. EC/ASECS's region includes most of the Mid-Atlantic area: Delaware, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.   

  The Society meets every fall, usually in October or November. Members represent virtually every discipline related to eighteenth-century studies. Our members hail from coast to coast, from Canada to Mexico, and from various points overseas.


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Executive Committee: 2023

President: Greg Clingham

Vice President: Jane Wessel 

1st. Past President: Anna Foy 

2nd. Past President: Joann Myers

3rd. Past President: John Heins

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​Print shows two rows of buildings, numbered 1-6, at Williamsburg, Virginia, and plant specimens, insects, and two views of Natives, numbered 7-16, and four tools, numbered a-d, used by the Natives.

Inscribed in pencil at bottom: Print from the original copper plate formerly in the possession of the Bodleian Library - now in Williamsburg. May have been the work of John Bartram, the colonial botanist.

Source: Library of Congress, Public Domain