The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.
Visiting AASAAS has established policies and procedures for using the library to ensure that its collections will be available for future generations. Free public tours are given every Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Directions to AAS.
History and ActivitiesGuide to the history and activities of AAS. Adapted for the web from the guidebook Under Its Generous Dome.
Annual ReportOur Annual Report describes the collections, programs, and people that make the AAS a vital center for scholarship and a place for dynamic dialogue about American history.
Employment OpportunitiesInformation on contacting AAS about employment opportunities more ...
AffiliationsAAS holds affiliations with a number of organizations
Fellows and RAs, 1972-present
PodcastsPublic programs, broadcast in their entirety, are among the video podcasts available.
Annual and Semiannual MeetingsThe annual meeting is held each October in Worcester. The semiannual meeting is held in a different city each spring.
Recent ScholarshipA list of the various books, articles, films, television programs, and various forms of digital publication researched, written, or produced by our visiting fellows and other readers.
Information for MediaInformation and photos available for use by the media.
Frequently Asked QuestionsThe answers to many frequently asked questions are available online.
Reading Room Hours
Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The library is closed on legal holidays.