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The staff of the American Antiquarian Society is small but dedicated to answering reference inquiries as expeditiously and comprehensively as possible. Our response time varies depending on the volume of requests and depth of the question. All inquiries are answered in the order in which they are received.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience please check our FAQs before sending your question.

  • Who can use the AAS library?
    The American Antiquarian Society research library is free and open to anyone over the age of 18 with projects or interests related to our collections. Students under the age of 18 are also welcome to use the library when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Could you tell me the value of my book or collection item?
    Monetary appraisal of incoming materials by AAS staff is prohibited in accordance with IRS regulations. Upon request, staff is able to suggest reputable appraisers.  
  • Will you take my old books, personal research library, and research notes?
    AAS is unable to accept personal research libraries and research notes. Individual titles from a personal research library may be accepted if the items align with AAS collection policy.
  • How do I order an image from your collections?
    Please consult our guide Obtaining Digital Images which describes how to find and order images from the collection.