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Selected References About AAS

American Antiquarian Society. Catalogue of the Manuscript Collections of the American Antiquarian Society. 4 vols. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1979.

_______. A Dictionary Catalogue of American Books Pertaining to the 17th Through 19th Centuries. 20 vols. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Corp., 1971.

_______. A Society's Chief Joys. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1969.

_______. Under Its Generous Dome: The Collections and Programs of the American Antiquarian Society. Ed. Nancy H. Burkett and John B. Hench. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1992. View online or order from Oak Knoll Books, 310 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720 (302) 328-7274.

Barnhill, Georgia B. "Political Cartoons at the American Antiquarian Society," Inks (February 1995): 33-36.

_______. "Print Collection Resources of the American Antiquarian Society." Imprint 3 (April 1978): 3-4.

Brigham, Clarence S. Fifty Years of Collecting Americana for the Library of the American Antiquarian Society, 1908-1958. Worcester: Privately printed, 1958.

Chaison, Joanne D. "`Everything Old Is New Again': Research Collections at the American Antiquarian Society," Library Trends 52 (Summer 2003): 14-29.

Golden, Vincent "Hot Off the Press: Vincent Golden Discusses an Ongoing Project to Save Old Newspapers as a Vital Historical Tool" Rare Book Review10 (June 2004): 26-28.

_______. "North American Imprints before 1877 at the American Antiquarian Society," Journalism History 30 (Fall 2004): 150-57.

Hench, John B. "American Antiquarian Society," in David H. Stam, ed., International Dictionary of Library Histories (2 vols., Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001), 1: 191-94.

_______. "American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass., USA," in Wayne A. Wiegand and Donald S. Davis, Jr., eds., Encyclopedia of Library History (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1994).

_______. "Toward a History of the Book in America," Publishing Research Quarterly 10 (Fall 1994): 8-21.

_______. "'Under the Generous Dome': Early American History at the American Antiquarian Society," Uncommon Sense: A Newsletter Published by the Institute of Early American History and Culture, No. 101 (Summer 1995): 11 ff.

McCorison, Marcus A. "Medical Collections at the American Antiquarian Society." Rhode Island Medical Journal 54 (April 1971): 213-14, 231.

_______. "The Nature of Humanistic Societies in Early America." In The Pursuit of Knowledge in the Early American Republic. Edited by Alexandra Oleson and Sanborn Brown. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976. 248-60.

Major, Kathleen A. "Appendix describing AAS manuscript holdings relating to colonial Massachusetts law." In Law in Colonial Massachusetts. Edited by Daniel S. Coquillette. Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1983.

Moore, Anne C. "The Cook's Oracle: Cookbooks at the American Antiquarian Society." Journal of Gastronomy 5 (Winter 1989/90): 18-31.

Shipton, Clifford K. "The American Antiquarian Society." William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 2 (April 1945): 164-72.

_______. "The Museum of the American Antiquarian Society." In Whitfield J. Bell, Jr., et al., A Cabinet of Curiosities: Five Episodes in the Evolution of American Museums. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1967. 35-48.

Tracy, Joyce Ann. "Newspaper Collections at the American Antiquarian Society." In Library of Congress, Newspaper and Gazette Report 1 (1976): 3-5

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Independent Historical Societies. Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1962. Chap. 3.

The Society's journal, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, frequently includes articles about the Society and its collections, which may be consulted in the issue in which they originally appeared or be purchased separately directly from AAS. Among these are:

  • Barnhill, Georgia. B. "The Catalogue of American Engravings: A Manual for Users." Vol. 108 (April 1998): 113-247.
  • Dunlap, Ellen, et al. "A Quarter Century of Visiting Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, 1972-97." Vol. 107 (October 1997): 245-300.
  • Hench, John B. (ed.) "Serendipity and Synergy: Collection Development, Access, and Research Opportunities at the American Antiquarian Society in the McCorison Era." Vol. 102 (October 1992): 291-351.
  • Hewes, Lauren B. "Portraits in the Collection of the American Antiquarian Society." Vol. 111 (April 2001): 1-408.
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  • Joyce, William L. "Antiquarians and Archaeologists: The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-1912." Vol. 91 (October 1981): 301-17.
  • _______. "The Manuscript Collections of the American Antiquarian Society." Vol. 89 (April 1979): 123-52.
  • McCorison, Marcus A. "Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Future." Vol. 91 (April 1981): 27-31.
  • Reese, William S. "The Printers' First Fruits: An Exhibition of American Imprints, 1640-1742, from the Collections of the American Antiquarian Society." Vol. 99 (April 1989): 41-88.


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