The National Institute of Letters, Arts, and Science was founded in 1868 "...for the purpose of increasing and perpetuating knowledge, conducting investigations and researches in regard to matters affecting the public welfare, disseminating correct views upon Literature, Art, and Science, and promoting intercourse among those engaged therein..." Charles A. Joy was president of the society. The organization ceased functioning in 1869.
From the description of Records, 1868-1869. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122453569