The American Antiquarian Society is a learned society as well as a research library. Publishing information about the Society's collections as well as some of the fruits of research carried out at AAS has been a major function of the Society for over 150 years.

Books in Print

AAS publishes books under its own imprint. Most are bibliographies of key genres or areas of American imprints, edited primary documents, other reference tools, and papers from AAS conferences and other programs.

Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society

The Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society has been suspended. For further information about the Proceedings archive and the articles, source documents, bibliographies, and other tools for scholarship (most of it deriving from research in the Society's collections), as well as the Society's official reports visit the Proceedings page.


The Society has long issued handsome-looking offprints of individual articles from the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society and made them available for purchase by scholars and students. Articles fall into nearly every field of scholarship in American history and culture through 1876, including history of the book, bibliography, historiography, social and intellectual history, African American history, and the history of women. Hundreds of titles, some going back to the nineteenth century, are available through the Society.

History of the Book in America

A five-volume work of collaborative scholarship, A History of the Book in America, has been published jointly by the University of North Carolina Press and AAS.

Volume 1, Colonial Book in the Atlantic World, edited by Hugh Amory and David D. Hall, was published in 2000, and reissued in April 2007.

Volume 2, An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840, edited by Mary Kelley and Robert A. Gross, was published in July 2010.

Volume 3, The Industrial Book, 1840-1880, edited by Scott E. Casper, Jeffrey D. Groves, Stepher W. Nissenbaum, and Michael Winship, was published in August 2007.

Volume 4, Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940, edited by Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway, was published in January 2009.

Volume 5, The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America, edited by Joan Shelley Rubin, David Paul Nord and Michael Schudson, was published in September 2009.


Almanac, a newsletter for members and friends of AAS, is published twice annually in spring/summer and fall/winter. Its purpose is to publish news and feature stories regarding the collections, those who use the library, and members of the Society.

AAS co-sponsors the online journal:

Common-place "Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks--and listens--to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. Common-place is a common place for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American life--from architecture to literature, from politics to parlor manners. And it's a place to find insightful analysis of early American history as it is discussed not only in scholarly literature but also on the evening news; in museums, big and small; in documentary and dramatic films; and in popular culture more ...