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A Brief History of the American Antiquarian Society

C.C. Baldwin

Christopher Columbus Baldwin (1800-1835), a high-spirited young man who was rusticated by Harvard College authorities for certain high jinks and who, after brief careers as lawyer and journalist, put his considerable intellect, unbridled enthusiasm, and prodigious energy to the benefit of AAS as librarian from 1827 to 1830 and again from 1832 until 1835. He compiled the several-hundred-page catalogue of the library collections that was issued in 1837.

His unfortunate and untimely death occurred only a year later in a stagecoach accident near Zanesville, Ohio, where he had gone to investigate Indian mounds.

This portrait is a watercolor on ivory painted by Sarah Goodridge (1788-1853) in 1835. More information about this portrait is available in the Portraits at the American Antiquarian Society section of this website.



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