The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and was known initially as The Hymn Society Of America. It was given its present name in 1991. It is a multidenominational society which exists for all who are interested in the singing, writing, and study of hymns, and is interested in the scholarly and practical aspects of hymns. Its membership includes poets, composers, scholars, librarians, and ministers of religion. In addition to holding an annual conference, the society publishes four editions a year of its journal The Hymn. In addition to these two main activities, the society organises workshops, tours, and facilitates the publication of books on hymnody and hymnology.
In 1956, the Hymn Society begans its major research project: A Dictionary of North American Hymnology. It takes the form of a database which indexes all the hymnals published in North America since 1640 and currently holds information about over 1 million hymns. The dictionary project currently works in conjunction with Hymnary.org, a similar project, which include hymnals from all over the world using a similar indexing system.