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.