Adopt a Gift Book 2012

This month, AAS is celebrating the tradition of the American gift book with a special edition of our popular Adopt-a-Book program (which will be held in full on April 5, 2013). We are calling this special winter mini-edition “Adopt a Gift Book” and we have selected more than two dozen attractive and important American annual volumes for potential adoption. Your support of this program aids the Society’s curators as they pursue new acquisitions for the collection.  And you (or the person you choose to honor) are forever associated with a particular volume in the Society’s collection.

First a word on American annuals, also called gift books. AAS has a collection of nearly 1,000 gift books published between 1830 and 1870. Based on a British tradition, the elegantly bound books contain poetry, prose, and illustrations and were intended to be read at home in the parlor. They were marketed for the holiday trade, and often came out in November with titles such as the Christmas Gift from Fairyland or The Friendship’s Offering and Winter’s Wreath.  The volumes were purchased by parents for their children, by friends, by older brothers and often are dedicated inside with personal notes.

In 2009, the Society embarked on an NEH-funded project called Prints in the Parlor which involved cataloging and digitizating the engraved images inside American annuals to make them more available to researchers. At the project’s conclusion, over 5,000 records were created. By selecting this area of the collection for our winter adoption program, we are, in a way, re-gifting the gift books. Originally purchased as gifts by family members, teachers, or sweethearts, we now hope you will adopt a volume or two as gifts for those on your holiday shopping lists!

If you find an image or a volume you like in our Adopt a Gift Book catalog, simply follow the links to adopt and, once the transaction is completed, a book plate with your name, or the name of the person or persons you wish to honor with your adoption, will be placed in the volume here at AAS and 100% of your funds will go towards future purchases for the Society’s collection.  You will receive a letter from AAS thanking you for your adoption. For questions about the program, please contact Elizabeth Watts Pope, Curator of Books, [epope@mwa.org].

We thank you for your support of this new initiative and wish you a joyous holiday season.

Select your gift book:

 

Item
Adopt me for:
Title
Image
1

Adopted!

Its All Crystal Clear! [Cloud Crystals from 1864] + details
2

Adopted!

Everyone's Favorite Gift! [Children's Annual from 1853] + details
3

Adopted!

What a Christmas Eve! [Stranger's Gift from 1836] + details
4

Adopted!

Wheeeee! [Literary Souvenir from 1844] + details
5

Adopted!

A Mother's Treasures [Affection's Gift from 1854] + details
6 $50 I need to finish this last page...[Ladies' Souvenir from 1853] + details
7

Adopted!

No New Leash Laws! [Winter Wreath from 1856] + details
8

Adopted!

Here kitty, kitty [Rose of Sharon from 1852] + details
9 $75 Friends don't let friends read bad poetry [Amulet from 1846] + details
10 $25 Better than socks & underwear! [Annualette from 1845] + details
11 $50 Not just for Girls! [Annualette from 1846] + details
12

Adopted!

Saved by Dogs! And they have Brandy! [Laurel Wreath from 1850] + details
13 $75 Read All About it! [The GIft from 1843] + details
14 $75 Fröhliche Weihnachten, Martin Luther! [Wheat-Sheaf from 1853] + details
15

Adopted!

Magic in the Woods [Eclectic Gift Book from 1859] + details
16 $50 Charity among the Urban Drifts [Moss Rose for 1850] + details
17

Adopted!

Let's Make a Deal! [The Gift from 1844] + details
18 $75 What is Play? [The Migonette from 1856] + details
19 $75 We Are Our Mother's Dream! [American Juvenile Keepsake from 1835] + details
20 $50 For an Odd-Fellow or a Bored Boarding School Girl [Odd Fellows' from 1849] + details
21

Adopted!

What Strong Arms She Must Have! [The Token from 1828] + details
22 $75 Go, Grandpa, go! [Ladies' casket from 1860] + details
23

Adopted!

In a (Binding) Pattern [Affection's Gift from 1854] + details
24 $75 Books You've 'Red' [Token & Atlantic Souvenir from 1834] + details
25

Adopted!

Its Not a School Night! [The Hyacinth or Affection's Gift from 1854] + details
26

Adopted!

Snow-Bound [The Snow Flake from 1856] + details

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