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 Online exhibitions are freely available and include descriptive and historical content about a collection as well as images and related resources.

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Alexander Anderson Collection From American Antiquarian Society Anywhere
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 Auction Catalogs From American Antiquarian Society

An inventory of American booksellers' catalogs, listing the firm names and dates of catalogs, is available as an Excel spreadsheet. An inventory of foreign booksellers' catalogs, listing the firm names, country, and dates of catalogs, is available as an Excel spreadsheet.

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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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Currency From American Antiquarian Society

Currency is a Reserve collection with restricted access. An inventory is available as an Excel sheet.

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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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Election Ballots From American Antiquarian Society

Inventory of over 950 election ballots. The entire collection has been digitized. 

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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 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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Libraries & Learned Societies From American Antiquarian Society

Several finding aids are available.

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Maps and Atlases From American Antiquarian Society

The Society's collection of 10,000 maps focuses primarily on the United States, although there are maps representing all parts of the world. 

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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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Photographs of Actors and Performers From American Antiquarian Society

Inventory of the undigitized collection of cabinet cards of actors and performers. The collection includes portraits of opera singers, actors, psychics, and musicians.

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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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Sheet Music From American Antiquarian Society

The majority of the collection is accessed through a title index card file in the reading room.

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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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Tickets From American Antiquarian Society

Inventory arranged by size and by type, with tickets for transportation separated out from all others.

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

Illustrated inventory 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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Wohlbrück Collection: An AAS Illustrated Inventory From American Antiquarian Society

164 glass plate negatives taken by the photographer Theodore C. Wohlbrück (1879–1936) of family and friends. 180 glass plate negatives of Worcester, Massachusetts, as it looked from about 1905 to 1910.

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Worcester Portrait Prints Collection From American Antiquarian Society

A name list for this collection is available.

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