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MLA Convention Statistics

From 1895 to 1923 a Central Division of the MLA held meetings separately from the national convention in those years when the national convention was held on the East Coast. These meetings are recorded here in italics.

Year Dates Place Attendance
20133–6 JanuaryBoston7,714    
20125–8 JanuarySeattle7,412    
2011 6–9 January Los Angeles 7,745    
2009 27–30 December Philadelphia 7,300    
2008 27–30 December San Francisco 8,300    
2007 27–30 December Chicago 8,900    
2006 27–30 December Philadelphia 8,900    
2005 27–30 December Washington 8,900    
2004 27–30 December Philadelphia 8,900    
2003 27–30 December San Diego 8,500    
2002 27–30 December New York 10,500    
2001 27–30 December New Orleans 8,700    
2000 27–30 December Washington 9,500    
1999 27–30 December Chicago 8,750    
1998 27–30 December San Francisco 10,300    
1997 27–30 December Toronto 8,400    
1996 27–30 December Washington 10,400    
1995 27–30 December Chicago 9,600    
1994 27–30 December San Diego 9,200    
1993 27–30 December Toronto 9,000    
1992 27–30 December New York 11,700    
1991 27–30 December San Francisco 10,500    
1990 27–30 December Chicago 9,500    
1989 27–30 December Washington 10,700    
1988 27–30 December New Orleans 9,000    
1987 27–30 December San Francisco 9,000    
1986 27–30 December New York 9,500    
1985 27–30 December Chicago 7,500    
1984 27–30 December Washington 8,000    
1983 27–30 December New York 8,500    
1982 27–30 December Los Angeles 5,000    
1981 27–30 December New York 8,000    
1980 27–30 December Houston 4,500    
1979 27–30 December San Francisco 6,500    
1978 27–30 December New York 8,500    
1977 27–30 December Chicago 7,000    
1976 26–29 December New York 8,000    
1975 26–29 December San Francisco 6,500    
1974 26–29 December New York 7,500    
1973 27–29 December Chicago 6,000    
1972 27–30 December New York 8,800    
1971 27–30 December Chicago 6,300    
1970 27–30 December New York 6,900    
1969 27–30 December Denver 5,900    
1968 27–29 December New York 11,750    
1967 27–29 December Chicago 9,970    
1966 27–29 December New York 10,600    
1965 27–29 December Chicago 8,200    
1964 27–29 December New York 9,150    
1963 27–29 December Chicago 6,250    
1962 27–29 December Washington 5,550    
1961 27–29 December Chicago 4,714    
1960 27–29 December Philadelphia 4,693    
1959 27–29 December Chicago 3,832    
1958 27–29 December New York 4,690    
1957 9–11 September Madison 2,250    
1956 27–29 December Washington 3,512    
1955 27–29 December Chicago 2,910    
1954 27–29 December New York 3,686    
1953 28–30 December Chicago 2,769    
1952 27–29 December Boston 2,555    
1951 27–29 December Detroit 1,473    
1950 27–29 December New York 2,677    
1949 7–9 September Stanford 852    
1948 28–30 December New York 3,049    
1947 29–31 December Detroit 1,714    
1946 27–30 December Washington 1,830    
1945 27–29 December Chicago 1,215    
1944 27–29 December New York 936    
1943 (no convention)
1942 (no convention)
1941 29–31 December Indianapolis 1,414    
1940 26–28 December Boston and
    Cambridge
1,652    
1939 28–30 December New Orleans 1,172    
1938 28–30 December New York 1,707    
1937 28–30 December Chicago 1,448    
1936 29–31 December Richmond and
    Williamsburg
1,220    
1935 30 December–
    1 January
Cincinnati 900    
1934 27–29 December Philadelphia and
    Swarthmore
1,028    
1933 28–30 December St. Louis 563    
1932 29–31 December New Haven 1,100    
1931 28–30 December Madison 750    
1930 29–31 December Washington 1,107    
1929 30 December–
    1 January
Cleveland 850    
1928 27–29 December Toronto 600    
1927 28–30 December Louisville 750    
1926 29–31 December Cambridge 800    
1925 29–31 December Chicago
1924 29–31 December New York 978    
1923 27–29 December Ann Arbor 467    
1922 28–30 December Philadelphia
28–30 December Chicago 208    
1921 28–30 December Baltimore
28–30 December Iowa City 125    
1920 28–30 December Poughkeepsie
28–30 December Chicago 145    
1919 29–31 March 1920 Columbus
1918 (no convention)
1917 27–29 December New Haven
27–29 December Madison 136    
1916 27–29 December Princeton
27–29 December Chicago 240    
1915 28–30 December Cleveland
1914 29–31 December New York
29–31 December Minneapolis
1913 29–31 December Cambridge
29–31 December Cincinnati
1912 26–28 December Philadelphia
26–28 December Indianapolis
1911 27–29 December Chicago
1910 28–30 December New York
28–30 December St. Louis
1909 28–30 December Ithaca
28–30 December Iowa City
1908 28–30 December Princeton
28–30 December Chicago
1907 26–28 December Columbus
1906 27–29 December New Haven
27–29 December Chicago
1905 27–29 December Haverford
27–29 December Madison
1904 28–30 December Providence
28–30 December Chicago
1903 28–30 December Ann Arbor and
    Detroit
1902 29–31 December Baltimore
1–3 January 1903 Chicago
1901 26–28 December Cambridge
26–28 December Champaign
1900 27–29 December Philadelphia
1899 27–29 December New York
27–29 December Nashville
1898 27–29 December Charlottesville
27–29 December Lincoln
1897 27–29 December Philadelphia
30 December–
    1 January
Evanston
1896 29–31 December Cleveland
29–31 December St. Louis
1895 26–28 December New Haven
30 December–
    1 January
Chicago
1894 27–29 December Philadelphia
1893 27–29 December Washington
1893 13 July Chicago 56    
1892 28–30 December Washington
1891 28–31 December Washington 180    
1890 29–31 December Nashville 61    
1889 26–28 December Cambridge 62    
1888 26–28 December Cincinnati
1887 28–30 December Philadelphia 98    
1886 28–30 December Baltimore 198    
1885 29–30 December Boston 85    
1884 29–30 December New York 53    
1883 27–28 December New York 40    

 

 
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