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James Russell Wiggins Lectures
in the History of the Book in American Culture

 

The James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture, inaugurated in 1983, is an annual activity of the American Antiquarian Society through its Program in the History of the book in American Culture. The lectureship honors James Russell Wiggins, former editor of the Washington Post, former United States ambassador to the United Nations, and editor of the Ellsworth (Maine) American until his death on November 19, 2000, at the age of 96.

James Russell Wiggins
James Russell Wiggins (1903-2000)
The president of the American Antiquarian Society from 1970 to 1977, Wiggins was a longtime student of the history of printing and journalism and an articulate spokesman for the freedom of the press. The lectureship was endowed with gifts to the Society from his friends and admirers.

Wiggins Lectures have featured statements on key methodological and interpretive issues by scholars in several disciplines from the United States and abroad. The lectures are published in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society and as separate offprints available from the Society.

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