NCTE has had many Committees and Commissions over the years. Two of them have especially interesting histories.
NCTE Commission on Dreams
Have you ever heard of the NCTE Commission on Dreams? It never existed---but it was actually proposed in 1977 by NCTE Executive Director J.N. Hook, who urged the Council to consider the challenges of the future.
Something to think about: What will an ideal membership experience be like for NCTE members next year? Five years from now? Fifteen years from now? These questions stretch our imagination, and drive innovation. Read more about the NCTE Membership for the Future.
NCTE American Literary Landmarks Committee
Did you know that NCTE once sponsored a committee to compile an "annotated list of literary shrines" so that members taking car trips could locate and visit famous writers' homes? The American Literary Landmarks Committee was formed in 1965 and for years gathered and compiled what was described as a "prodigious" amount of material. The literary shrines list, however, was never published: despite the committee members' work, the cochair had the only copy of the material and would not release it. After years of requests, letters, and phone calls, none of which he answered, the project was abandoned and the committee disbanded in 1975.
Something to think about: NCTE Affiliates in several areas have put together literary maps of their states. Samples of the maps are part of the Gallery of Literary Maps featured annually at the NCTE Annual Convention each year.
The Literary Landmarks Association was founded in 1986 by former Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) president Frederick G. Ruffner to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites.