Watch AAS's new orientation film featuring David McCullough, Jill Lepore, Nathaniel Philbrick, and others. This short film describes the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). AAS is an independent research library and learned society 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.
In the Spring of 2012, the American Antiquarian Society published The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History by Philip F. Gura. To supplement this publication, the Society digitized and made available in high-resolution the images and descriptions from the text. Not merely a list of illustrations, this site provides links to inventories and catalog records while also establishing additional contexts for viewing these important items.