Digital resources

Many collections from the American Antiquarian Society are available digitally via databases, inventories, and online exhibitions. Databases include both resources that are freely available as well as subscription-only resources (these are clearly indicated in the chart below). Subscription databases can be freely accessed by readers who are on-site in the library. Collections inventories, which are all freely available, will include a mix of information including simple lists of objects or names, image files of individual pieces in a collection, descriptions of objects, or a combination of all of these. Online exhibitions are freely available and include descriptive and historical content about a collection as well as images and related resources.

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19th Century American Children’s Book Trade Directory From American Antiquarian Society

This directory contains 2,600 entries documenting the activity of individuals and firms involved in the manufacture and distribution of children's books in the United States chiefly between 1821 and 1876. 

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Catalogue of American Engravings From American Antiquarian Society

A union catalogue describing engravings issued as separate publications or as illustrations in books and periodicals from the early eighteenth century through the year 1820. 

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Clarence: Newspapers and Periodicals of the American Antiquarian Society From American Antiquarian Society

Clarence is a database which provides detailed information on the newspaper and periodicals holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. 

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GIGI: The AAS Digital Image Archive From American Antiquarian Society

GIGI, the American Antiquarian Society's digital asset database, is a storage and retrieval system for the Society's digitally-created collections and surrogates.

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Black Self-Publishing From American Antiquarian Society

Black Self-Publishing is an ongoing collaborative research project based on a working list of books that are known to have been or may have been self-published by people of African descent who resided in North America and either were born before 1851 or first published before 1877. 

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Historic Children's Voices From American Antiquarian Society

Digital library of  books, diaries, newspapers, and poems by 18th and 19th century American children. Research tools and recordings of past programs to explore children's lives more deeply. Teachers will find a variety of guides and lesson plans to help bring the past to life for their students.

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Abigail Kelley Foster Papers, 1836-1891, Finding Aid From American Antiquarian Society

Digitized correspondence of Abigail Kelley Foster (1811-1887), noted antislavery partisan and women’s rights advocate.

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American Portrait Prints From American Antiquarian Society

Name list for a reference collection of over 5,000 portrait prints of Americans. Contains images removed from newspapers, periodicals, books, letterheads, and ephemera.

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Audubon's Birds of America: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

This resource provides access to the color plates inside lithographer Julius Bien’s rare edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, published in 1860 in New York.

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Bookplates From American Antiquarian Society

An inventory, including location, dates, notes, of the personal bookplates collection is available as an Excel sheet. The institutional name list is in process.

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Booksellers' and Binders' Labels From American Antiquarian Society

A name list for the booksellers' and bookbinders' labels collection is available

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Calling and Sentiment Cards From American Antiquarian Society

Box level inventories for the calling cards and sentiment cards collections.

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Charles Peirce Collection Illustrated Box List From American Antiquarian Society

This illustrated inventory consists of 65 British and American satirical prints published between 1796 and 1807.

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Cross Family Collection Box List From American Antiquarian Society

The inventory listed in this site consists of 29 boxes and 8 oversized folders of material dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries with the bulk of the collection falling between 1870 and 1890.

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David Claypoole Johnston Family Illustrated Box List From American Antiquarian Society

David Claypoole Johnston (1799-1865) is a noted cartoonist and humorist. This inventory consists of 28 boxes of material dating from 1799 through the early 20th century.

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Drawings Collection Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Over 550 drawings in graphite, pen, ink and wash, chalk, watercolor and charcoal. The collection ranges from the late 1700s to the early 20th century.

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European Political Print Collection Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Over 200 Eurpean prints dating from 1720 to 1843.

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Hawaiian Engravings Collection Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Thirty-three engravings produced by students at the Lahainaluna School on the island of Maui. A mission press was introduced at this institution about 1828.

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Images of Worcester From American Antiquarian Society

This collection of 180 glass plate negatives document the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, as it looked from about 1905 to 1910.

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McLoughlin Bros. Catalogues, Price Lists, and Order Forms Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

The catalogs, prices lists, and order forms from the McLoughlin Bros. Collection are available as pdf files.

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Membership Certificates From American Antiquarian Society

 Inventory for the undigitized collectinon of over 320 hand-lettered, engraved or relief printed certificates of membership dating from 1785 to 1946.

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Painted Portraits, Miniatures and Sculpted Portrait Busts From American Antiquarian Society

This inventory illustrates over 160 of the Society's painted portraits, miniatures and sculpted portrait busts. Use the thumbnail gallery with reduced-sized images to browse the collection.

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Paul Revere Collection Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Inventory of a collection of Paul Revere's (1735-1818) separately published prints, currency, receipts and bookplates, illustrations and plates, and political pieces.

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Personal Photographs of Theodore C. Wohlbrück: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

164 glass plate negatives taken by the photographer Theodore C. Wohlbrück (1879–1936).

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Photographs of Massachusetts Structures by Harriette Merrifield Forbes From American Antiquarian Society

From 1887 to 1945, Harriette Merrifield Forbes (1856-1951) photographed seventeenth and eighteenth century structures throughout central and eastern Massachusetts. Her images, preserved as 853 negatives (mostly glass plate negatives), have been digitized and cataloged.

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Photographs of North American Indians, 1850-1900: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

This illustrated inventory highlights a small collection of 19th century photographs Indigenous peoples of North America.

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Photographs of the New England Fair by B.T. Hill: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Glass plate negatives taken by Benjamin Thomas Hill (1863-1927), at the Worcester County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds in the early decades of the 20th century.

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Photographs of Tuskegee Institute: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Fifty-six photographs depicting life in and around Tuskegee Institute, in Tuskegee, Alabama, ca. 1890-1915, taken by an unknown photographer.

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Printed Ribbon Badges: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

This illustrated inventory includes over 170 badges ranging in date from 1824 to 1900.

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Silhouettes: An American Antiquarian Society Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

Ilustrated inventory of 209 silhouettes.

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Stereographs From American Antiquarian Society

Over 800 stereographs with Civil War content have been digitized and are also available through the Society's digital image archive. A complete box and subject list for this collection is available.

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Watch Papers: An American Antiquarian Society Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

AAS holds a collection of more than 400 American watch papers ranging in dates from the 1790s to 1910. These were inserted into a watch case to protect the delicate mechanisms from dust and debris.

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American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A View at the Bicentennial From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition supplements The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History by Philip F. Gura.

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An Invitation to Dance: A History of Social Dance in America From American Antiquarian Society

A showcase of the unique print culture items on the subject of dance within the Society's holdings.

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Architectural Resources at the American Antiquarian Society From American Antiquarian Society

Architectural resources in the collection include design books, drawings, lithographs, engravings, periodicals, and photographs.

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Beauties of America: The Staffordshire Pottery of John and William Ridgway From American Antiquarian Society

This online resource both catalogs and contextualizes the twenty-two pieces of the Ridgway dinner service “Beauties of America” – a subset of the Society' collection of Staffordshire.

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Beauty, Virtue and Vice: Images of Women in 19c American Prints From American Antiquarian Society

Most of the prints in this exhibit were designed simply to please the eye, but they are also useful to historians who would like to understand how 19th century Americans thought about the world in which they lived.

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Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition examines Revere’s many skills as a craftsman who stood at the intersection of social, economic, and political life during the formation of the new nation.

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Big Business: Food Production, Processing & Distribution in the North, 1850-1900 From American Antiquarian Society

Lithographs, chromolithographs, trade catalogues, trade cards, and product labels that show the way Americans in the North produced and sold their food in the second half of the 19th century.

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Caribbeana Project at AAS From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition examines and emphasizes the close relationship between early British North America or the United States and the Caribbean World in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Collecting the Jacksonian Era: How Books Become Library Collections at AAS From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition follows books, donated with the William C. Cook Jacksonian Era Collection, through the process of being integrated into the Society's collection.

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resource logo Farber Gravestone Collection From American Antiquarian Society

Digital resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States.

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From English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition explores the contributions of those who labored in translating and printing works in the Algonquian family of native languages.

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Grant-Burr Family Papers From American Antiquarian Society

The online collection of Grant-Burr Family Papers contains over five hundred letters written between 1827 and 1892. Central to the collection is the correspondence between Daniel Grant (1818-1892) and his wife Caroline Burr Grant (1820-1892). 

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In Pursuit of a Vision: Two Centuries of Collecting at AAS From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition celebrates the generosity and farsightedness of some of the many collectors, book dealers, and librarians who have, each in his or her own way, contributed to the greatness of AAS.

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James Fenimore Cooper: Shadow & Substance From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition explores Cooper's manuscript material at AAS, the American and foreign illustrations from Cooper's novels, and some of the books used to produce the Cooper Edition.

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Louis Prang and Chromolithography From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition tells the story of Prang during the height of his career in chromolithography during the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Making Valentines: A Tradition in America From American Antiquarian Society

An online exhibition designed to show the evolution of the Valentine's Day card.

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Men in the Young Republic From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition explores images, roles, activities, and social expectations of men in the U. S. in the first half of the 19th century.

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Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition highlights the culture and working conditions of the mills and the actions the women took to better their lives through self-advocacy from approximately 1834 to 1870.

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Northern Visions of Race, Region, & Reform From American Antiquarian Society

This online resource documents conflicting representations of African-Americans, white Southerners, and reformers during and and immediately after the Civil War. 

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Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibitions uses images and objects from the AAS collections to illuminate the spaces where reading happened in early America.

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Portraits! Worcester Portraits in the AAS Collection From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition features the images of thirty-one Worcester residents depicted in the Society's portrait paintings, miniatures, and sculpture collections.

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Radiant With Color & Art From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition documents the working practice of McLoughlin Brothers by associating its products with many of the tools used during the production process, such as printing blocks, designer mock-ups, and watercolor illustration art.

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Reclaiming Heritage: Digitizing Early Nipmuc Histories from Colonial Documents From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition effectively creates a digital archive of several Algonquian-language printed books and pamphlets, or wussukwhonk as they are called in the Nipmuc language. The manuscript collections featured here include town records, land deeds, and account books.

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Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition explores portrayals of Turner in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Shakespeare in the Parlor From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition considers the ways William Shakespeare's (1564-1616) characters were pictured inside the covers of literary annuals and gift books in the 19th century.

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Summer Vacationing in New England From American Antiquarian Society

This exhibition brings together a selection of images from the Society's collections that illustrate the most popular and most beautiful New England destinations for summertime visitors.

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The David Claypoole Johnston Collection From American Antiquarian Society

Online exhibition of lithographs, watercolors, and drawings of artist David Claypoole Johnston.

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The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865 From American Antiquarian Society

This resource broadly explores the interconnectedness of American news media, in all its formats, with changes in technology, business, politics, society, and community from 1730 to 1865.

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Victorian Valentines: Intimacy in the Industrial Age From American Antiquarian Society

As this exhibition shows, the practice of exchanging valentines was a distinctly modern tradition, first popularized in the U.S. in the 1840s.

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Visions of Christmas From American Antiquarian Society

Online exhibition showing an array of Christmas images from the Society's collections.

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With a French Accent: American Lithography to 1860 From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition explores the connections between American and French lithography in the early days of this printing technology.

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Woman's Work is Never Done From American Antiquarian Society

A look at women's work, from before the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution, using selected images from the Society's collection.

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Women and the World of Dime Novels From American Antiquarian Society

This online exhibition explores the AAS collection of dime novels, of melodramatic fiction (most paperbacks cost only ten cents) popular in the U.S. from about 1860 until the early 1900s.

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A New Nation Votes From American Antiquarian Society

New Nation Votes is a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The data were compiled by Philip Lampi. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online for you with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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African American Newspapers, Series 1 From Readex

African American Newspapers provides online access to more than 350 U.S. newspapers.

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African American Newspapers, Series 2 From Readex

African American Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1956 complements and expands on African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998. The more than 75 newspapers in Series 2, are written for or by African Americans.

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African History and Culture, 1540-1921 From Readex

Covers the history of Africa and its diverse people over nearly 400 years. More than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera.

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African Newspapers From Readex

African Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1800-1925, offers coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the continent during the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922 From Readex

One of the world's preeminent collections for African-American studies. Books, pamphlets, and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints. Spans nearly 400 years, from the early 16th to the early 20th century.

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resource logo America's GenealogyBank From Readex

America's GenealogyBank is an online collection created for genealogists by Readex. It contains historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, and more than 23 million obituaries.

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resource logo America's Historical Imprints From Readex

America's Historical Imprints provides access to a number of Readex's historical collections. America's Historical Imprints includes the following Readex collections under one umbrella, making it possible to search these collections simultaneously.

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resource logo America's Historical Newspapers From Readex

Millions of fully text-searchable issues. Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820  provided the foundation for the original filming project, the core of which is formed by the AAS collection of colonial and early national period newspapers.

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resource logo American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922: From AAS From Readex

Works by authors of African or African-American descent. A fascinating look at the creative efforts of black authors over three centuries. Compiled by the curators of the acclaimed Afro-Americana Imprints collection.

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resource logo American Civil War Newspapers From Readex

More than 150 newspapers, including major publications from every region of the U.S.

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resource logo American Crime and Criminal Justice, 1664-1819 From Readex

More than 8,000 works about crime, criminal law, and the criminal justice system 1664-1819, featuring text and data analysis tools, author biographies, and suggested search paths for easy browsing and discovery.

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resource logo American History Through the News From Readex

This digital series has been designed for the use of K-12 educators.

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resource logo American Pamphlets From Readex

Offered via a partnership with the New York Historical Society.

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resource logo American Science and Technology, 1663-1819 From Readex

More than 7,000 works about early American Science and Technology 1663-1819, featuring text and data analysis tools, author biographies, and suggested search paths for easy browsing and discovery.

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resource logo American Sermons, 1652-1819 From Readex

Nearly every printed work, including sermons on politics, society, religion, and family life. More than 8,000 sermons, 1652-1819, featuring text exploration tools, author biographies, and suggested search paths for easy browsing and discovery.

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resource logo American Slavery Collection From Readex

More than 3,500 printed works, all digitized in full color Includes books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera.

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resource logo American Stage to 1819 From Readex

Over 2,000 works covering every aspect of the American theater, with text-analysis tools and suggested search paths for browsing and discovery.

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resource logo American State Papers, 1789-1838 From Readex

A retrospective republication of approximately 6280 numbered publications, largely Congressional but also containing Executive Department materials, the American State Paper volumes, issued from 1832-1861, were published in ten classes in a total of 38 folio volumes.

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resource logo American Underworld: The Flash Press From Readex

The newspapers in American Underworld: The Flash Press covered the seamier aspects of urban life: crime, scandal, brothels and blackmail, combined with reviews of the bawdiest theatrical performances on offer and reports on sporting events such as cock-fighting, boxing and horse racing. The more than sixty papers, dating 1826-1876, were collected by AAS and are among the rarest of all American newspapers.
 

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resource logo Black Authors, 1556-1922 From Readex

Works by authors of African or African-American descent. 

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resource logo Black Life in America From Readex

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

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resource logo Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920 From Readex

Covers the diverse history of Caribbean islands over nearly 400 years. Includes books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera.

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resource logo Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 From Readex

Includes more than 66 newspaper titles from 22 islands published in the 18th and 19th centuries. Created in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society

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resource logo Civil War Broadsides and Ephemera From Readex

Rich with illustrations; includes song sheets, poems, envelopes and more. Scarce documents shed new light on the war... and beyond. Illuminates the struggles of the soldiers and the families they left behind.

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resource logo Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800) From Readex

Containing nearly every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America from 1639 to 1800, Evans Digital Edition consists of more than 36,000 works and 2,400,000 images. Based on Charles Evans' comprehensive American Bibliography and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography, the collection was first published by Readex in cooperation with AAS as a microform set. Evans Digital Edition will include every item previously produced on microform plus more than 1,200 additional works located, cataloged and digitized since completion of the earlier effort.

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resource logo Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 From Readex

Contains newspaper titles from 14 states between 1808-1980.

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resource logo Readex AllSearch From Readex

Readex AllSearch allows users to search seamlessly across all Readex digital collections and document types, including historical imprints, newspapers, and government documents. Broad searches of this kind are often called “cross-searches.” They help users make new and unexpected discoveries because the content is not limited to just one format (for example, just newspapers).

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resource logo Senate Executive Journals, 1789-1980 From Readex

Journals of the executive proceedings of the United States Senate 1789 to 1980, covering the first Congress through the 96th Congress.

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resource logo U.S. Congressional Serial Set From Readex

Search or browse the reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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resource logo World Newspaper Archive From Readex

Representing the largest fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe, the World Newspaper Archive will advance research and offer opportunities for fresh insight across wide-ranging academic disciplines. 

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resource logo Amateur Newspapers from AAS From Gale

An amateur journal is a periodical created to afford pleasure to its readers as well as to its editor and its publisher. The rage to publish, rather than profit, is the motive that most often induces people to become amateur journalists; and, throughout the history of the genre, most but not all amateur journalists have been juveniles. The Amateur Newspaper collection at the American Antiquarian Society consists of about 50,000 issues. There are more than 5,500 titles, from every state except Alaska and Hawaii, thus making the Society’s holdings among the largest and most extensive in the United States.

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resource logo American Fiction, 1774-1920 From Gale

American Fiction, 1774-1920, demonstrates the utility of having more than 18,000 works of fiction in one place, in a consistent format. Titles up until 1900 are sourced from Lyle H. Wright's American Fiction: A Contribution Towards a Bibliography. Titles after 1900 are sourced from the Library of Congress Shelf List of American Adult Fiction and the Geoffrey D. Smith bibliography.

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resource logo American Historical Periodicals From Gale

Gale’s American Historical Periodicals, Series 6 and 7 provides all newly digitized material, bringing the previously published Series 1-5 more firmly into the 20th century, with titles running up to 1923. Series 6 and series 7 combine to contain over 500 titles, offering diverse primary source material for studying the thought, culture and life of the United States through contemporary eyes. These series include unusual and short-lived magazines as well as better-known titles with long runs. Topics encompass a broad spectrum including agriculture, anthropology, art, archaeology, education, family life, fashion, industrialization, literature, medicine, music, photography, politics, religion, science, sport, and temperance.

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resource logo Archives Unbound From Gale

Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history

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Children's Literature and Childhood From Gale

Children's Literature and Childhood provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the long nineteenth century. Included in the archive are books and periodicals for children, primers and other material related to education, pamphlets produced by child welfare groups, documents and photos related to children and crime, newspapers produced by youths, and much more.

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resource logo Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 From Gale

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 presents a broad history of crime in the long 19th century derived from French, German, Spanish, Australian, British and U.S. sources. The collection includes trial transcripts, court proceedings, police and forensic documents, photographs, true crime literature and detective novels, and newspaper accounts.

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resource logo Eighteenth Century Collections Online From Gale

Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) and more than 32 million pages, making ECCO the premier and irreplaceable resource for eighteenth-century research. Users of ECCO Part I and Part II can full-text search the collection via an intuitive user interface.

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resource logo Gale Databases From Gale

Browse all Gale research products available at the American Antiquarian Society reading room.

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resource logo Gale Primary Sources From Gale

Access the following nine Gale databases in one interface.

  • American Amateur Newspapers
  • American Fiction
  • American Historical Periodicals
  • Archives Unbound
  • Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture 1790-1920
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
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resource logo Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature From Gale

The Maps and Travel Literature archive includes a myriad of maps representing the long nineteenth century.

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resource logo Nineteenth Century Collections Online From Gale

Selections have been culled from the vast map repositories of the British Library and the National Archives at Kew. In addition to these large map collections, maps representing the Americas, and in particular America's westward expansion, have been provided by the American Antiquarian Society. Maps depicting Canada and the polar regions have been generously provided by the University of Alberta.

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resource logo Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers From Gale

With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

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resource logo Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926 From Gale

Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926 is drawn from Joseph Sabin's famed nineteenth century bibliography Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Book relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time. This digital collection offers a perspective on life in the western hemisphere, encompassing the arrival of the Europeans on the shores of North America in the late fifteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

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resource logo Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive From Gale

Developed under the guidance of a board of scholars, it includes 3.0 million cross-searchable pages: 10763 books, 131 serials, 32 manuscript collections, 377 supreme court records and briefs and 194 reference articles from Macmillan, Charles Scribner's Sons and Gale encyclopedias.

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resource logo Women's Studies Archive From Gale

Women's Studies Archive connects archival collections concerning women's history from across the globe and from a wide range of sources. Focusing on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the archive provides materials on women's political activism, such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism, and on women's voices, from female-authored literature to women's periodicals.

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resource logo Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange From Adam Matthew Digital

Visual, manuscript and printed materials gathered to help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities and to examine the ways that these have changed the world.

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resource logo Migration to New Worlds: The Century of Immigration From Adam Matthew Digital

The stories of individuals and families who buillt new lives in North America and Australasia between 1800 and 1980. Unique primary source diaries, correspondence, photographs, oral histories and journals narrate the vivid realities of ocean travel and life in adopted homelands. Organisational correspondence, government proceedings, shipping company papers and records of advocacy groups provide key context to migrants’ everyday struggles.

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resource logo Taught By Literature From Taught by Literature

Taught by Literature is a collaborative project honoring Black author and activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s lifelong commitment to education.  Taught by Literature celebrates Dunbar-Nelson’s legacy by recentering Black women writers, beginning with Dunbar-Nelson herself and extending to other Black women from the Harlem Renaissance and earlier. 

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resource logo Adverts 250 Project From Carl Keyes

A daily image of an advertisement published in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago that day.  Brief commentary accompanies each advertisement.

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Ancestry From Ancestry

Ancestry provides access to census, military, birth, marriage and death records.

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