The current policies and programs of The American Legion are based on resolutions passed by the Legion’s national conventions and the National Executive Committee over the last 100 years. After a multi-year effort, the Library and Museum has made available through the Digital Archive all the currently active resolutions from 1919 to present. This amounts to close to 2,000 resolutions that establish and guide the priorities and programs of the Legion.
National resolutions come and go based on The American Legion’s priorities. However, there are several enduring core policies and programs that are still relevant today. These include constitutional changes, the founding of national programs like the National Oratorical Contest, and principles such as law enforcement and tolerance. Historical context and background for the passage of resolutions can be found in the meeting proceedings collection. Members of the American Legion Family and the general public are welcome to explore the policies that guide the direction of the national organization.