Founded in 1954, the Renaissance Society of America promotes the study of the period 1300–1650. The RSA brings together scholars from many backgrounds in a wide variety of disciplines from North America and around the world. RSA's over 4,000 members include those at universities and colleges as professors, instructors, and graduate students; at museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions; independent scholars; and many others interested in Renaissance studies.
RSA supports scholarship in a number of ways:
- The annual meeting, held in the spring, features over 400 sessions in which scholars present and discuss their work.
- RSA's journal, Renaissance Quarterly, is published by the University of Chicago Press.
- RSA supports the publication of scholarly books through its series with Brill.
- RSA supports new scholarship with research grants, and recognizes scholars and their work in an annual set of awards.
- Renaissance News and Notes, an electronic newsletter, is published twice a year.
RSA, a not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) membership organization, is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Its offices are located in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. It is governed by an Executive Board, as well as a larger Council composed of Discipline Representatives and representatives of Associate Organizations.