About AAS

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.

Visiting AAS

AAS has established policies and procedures for using the library to ensure that its collections will be available for future generations. Free public tours are given every Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Directions to AAS.

History and Activities

Guide to the history and activities of AAS. Adapted for the web from the guidebook Under Its Generous Dome.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report describes the collections, programs, and people that make the AAS a vital center for scholarship and a place for dynamic dialogue about American history.

Employment Opportunities

Information on contacting AAS about employment opportunities more ...


AAS holds affiliations with a number of organizations


Fellows and RAs, 1972-present


Public programs, broadcast in their entirety, are among the video podcasts available.

Annual and Semiannual Meetings

The annual meeting is held each October in Worcester. The semiannual meeting is held in a different city each spring.

Recent Scholarship

A list of the various books, articles, films, television programs, and various forms of digital publication researched, written, or produced by our visiting fellows and other readers.

Information for Media

Information and photos available for use by the media.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to many frequently asked questions are available online.

Reading Room Hours

Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The library is closed on legal holidays.

Introduction to AAS
(1987 version)

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) speaks about the value of the American Antiquarian Society. This video was produced for the American Antiquarian Society's 175th anniversary, celebrated in 1987.