The AIVS was founded in 1976, in response to a tide of scholarly interest in Verdi. Its first director, Martin Chusid, assembled an archive of materials at New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library.
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Fairtile, Linda B. "American Institute for Verdi Studies." In The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia, edited by Roberta Montemorra Marvin, 20. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013.