Collections

The American Antiquarian Society aims to collect one example of everything printed in what was once British North America before the year 1877 (and a few collections extend through 1900), as well as select manuscripts. In two centuries of collecting, AAS has accumulated some four million items towards that comprehensive goal and continues to add to these holdings through active acquisitions guided by our collecting policies.

Books & Pamphlets
Curator: Elizabeth Watts Pope, (508) 471-2118
U.S., Canadian, and Caribbean imprints published through 1876 and book history material through 1900, some Americana published elsewhere, plus 20th & 21st century secondary sources supporting the study of early America. Learn more
   
Children’s Literature
Curator: Laura Wasowicz, (508) 471-2146
A comprehensive collection of American picture books, school texts, religious tracts, and novels for children and youth (particularly strong in the color picture books issued by the New York publisher McLoughlin Brothers from the 1850s into the early 20th century). Learn more
   
Graphic Arts
Curator: Lauren Hewes, (508) 471-2124
American prints, drawings, broadsides, ephemera, maps, photographs, and sheet music, plus the Society's collections of objects including portraits, furniture, ceramics, etc. Learn more
   
Manuscripts
Curator: Thomas Knoles, (508) 471-2175
Manuscripts from New England include handwritten diaries, letters, and other family papers, as well as business, institutional, and town records; the American Antiquarian Society’s own records; and manuscripts relating to book history for the entire nation. Learn more
   

Newspapers & Periodicals
Curator: Vincent Golden, (508) 471-2148
Serial publications (newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.) from every state in the U.S. plus Canada and the West Indies/Caribbean before 1877 (later for most western states where printing began later). Learn more

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