Introductory Gallery

The exhibition in our introductory gallery, located adjacent to the reading room, showcases the breadth and diversity within the collections. The Society has in recent years intensified its commitment to confront systemic inequity, racism, and marginalization as described in the Society's inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility statement. Free public tours, given every Wednesday at 3:00 pm, begin in this gallery.

Gallery space at Antiquarian Hall


Sequoyah (ca. 1770-1843)
Portrait print published by F.W. Greenough, Philadelphia [ca. 1838], after original painting by Charles Bird King, 1828.

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manuscript page of an almanac

Almanac for 1792, by Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)
Manuscript calculations for Benjamin Banneker’s 1792 printed almanac.

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Paper Dolls

Baby Penny Paper Dolls
Published by McLoughlin Bros., New York, N.Y., ca. 1870s.

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San Francisco China News

San Francisco China News
Published by Bogardus & Gordon, San Francisco, CA, 1874-1875.

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Phillis Wheatley Peters

Phillis Wheatley Peters (1753-1784)
Frontispiece of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, printed for A. Bell, bookseller, Aldgate; and sold by Messrs. Cox and Berry, King-Street, Boston, 1773.
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Ribbon Map

Ribbon map of the Father of Waters
Coloney & Fairchild, St. Louis, MO, 1866.
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Woman covered in books

The Circulating Library
Lithograph by Endicott & Swett, published by J.N. Toy & W.R. Lucas, Baltimore, MD, [1831].
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Ludlow's chart

Ludlow’s concentric chart of history AD
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, N.Y., [1885].
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Left side of the introductory gallery
Left side of the gallery space at Antiquarian Hall

Right side of the introductory gallery
RIght side of gallery space

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