108 STAT. 1556 PUBLIC LAW 103-299—AUG. 18, 1994 Whereas the American Academy in Rome's Hbrary contains 111,000 volumes and ranks among the world's richest in its holdings in the fields of Roman topography and archaeology, and is further distinguished for its collection of rare books, periodicals, and works on Italian art and architecture; Whereas the American Academy in Rome has always represented and fostered excellence in scholarship, having a distinguished scholarly faculty, having many of its Fellows and Residents go on to occupy chairs and posts of high responsibility in the finest colleges and universities in the United States, having publications which rival in quality the best that Europe produces, and having alumni who are the recipients of many academic degrees, honors, and awards; Whereas the American Academy in Rome can be proud of its reputation in Roman archaeology, having been committed to this lofty and exacting pursuit from its very inception, having revolutionized the history of Roman republican architecture and town planning by it's excavations at Cosa in Etruria, and by continuing to further the development of the field through its perennial engagement in the training of excavators and the work of excavation; Whereas the American Academy in Rome relies entirely on the income from its endowment, and the financial support of philanthropic individuals, foundations, corporations, colleges and universities across the United States, and the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities; and Whereas the American Academy in Rome is committed to ensuring the availability of the Rome Prize Fellowships to future generations of Americans as the United States approaches the 21st century: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the American Academy in Rome, an American overseas center for independent study and advanced research based in Rome, Italy, which has played a pivotal role in the transference of culture between the United States and Italy, fostering international cultural relations between the two countries, be recognized for its contributions to America's cultural and intellectual life on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding. Approved August 18, 1994. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 204: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 140 (1994): July 15, considered and passed Senate. Aug. 8, considered and passed House.