Graphic Arts

The Graphic Arts Collections at the American Antiquarian Society are diverse and expansive, incorporating over 400,000 historic American objects subdivided into 135 collection areas. The department cares for prints, broadsides, maps, ephemera, sheet music, drawings and photography. It also includes material such as historic furniture, ceramics and former “cabinet” objects including a lock of George Washington’s hair and tea from the Boston Tea Party.

The collection is arranged by format, with all prints together, all maps together, etc. Within these format clusters, material can be arranged by a number of strategies, including call number, date, size, or geographic region.

For ease of searching via the website, the collection has been divided into just four sub-groups: Prints, Photography, Ephemera and Other. Follow the links below to learn how to find more information on each collection, its cataloging and digitization status, and access procedures – both electronic and on-site.

For questions, please contact our Readers' Services department or the Curator of Graphic Arts, Lauren Hewes.

Prints

American Political Cartoons

American Portrait Prints

Art Union Prints

Engravings

European Political Prints

Hawaiian Engravings

Lithographs

Maps and Atlases

Worcester Portrait Prints

 

Other

Artifacts

Drawings

Furniture

Games

Portraits

Sheet Music

Silhouettes

Photographs

Ambrotypes

Cartes-De-Visite

Daguerreotypes

Gravestones

Photographs of Actors
and Performers

Photographs of Native
Americans

Photographs of Houses in
Middlesex and Worcester
Counties by Harriette
Merrifield Forbes

Stereographs

Tintypes

Theodor Clemens
Wohlbrück Photographs

Worcester Portrait
Photographs Collection

Ephemera

Bookplates, Booksellers'
and Binders' Labels

Broadsides

Calling and Sentiment
Cards

Civil War Envelopes

Clipper Ship Cards

Currency

Election Ballots

Invitations

Lottery Broadsides
and Tickets

Membership Certificates

Menus

Ream Wrappers

Rewards of Merit

Textile Printing

Tickets

Trade Cards

Valentines

Watch Papers

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