In 2014, American Antiquarian Society member and longtime chairman of the Society’s governing Council Sidney Lapidus established a generous year-by-year gift fund specifically to enable AAS curators to acquire printed works and manuscripts produced before 1801. This funding stream, which totaled $300,000 over six years, has enabled curators to add 133 additional titles to the Society’s world-renowned collection of early North American and Caribbean newspapers, books, graphics, and manuscripts. The Lapidus Pre-1801 Gift Fund was unquestionably a transformative gift. Most importantly, the historical material that has been added to AAS's collection through the generosity of Sid Lapidus is now preserved and available for researchers and will inform scholarship for generations to come.
Highlights added to the collection include:
23“Evans 0”* Imprints
- 10 Items from Evans Vol. 1 (pre-1730)
- 24 Items Only at AAS
- 14 Unique Manuscript Collections
- The Largest File of Colonial U.S. Newspapers Acquired in 15 Years
- 100+ Individual Issues of the Rarest Early Caribbean Newspapers, Many Entirely Unique