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.
Records for a significant portion of the graphic arts collection can be accessed through the General Catalog.
The collection descriptions below provide an overview of the Society's holdings, specifics on access, and additional resources when available.
For questions, please contact our Readers' Services department or the Curator of Graphic Arts, Lauren Hewes.