American Antiquarian Society

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Address and Contact Info

Address: 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634

Telephone and fax: Tel: (508) 755-5221 Fax: (508) 753-3311

Web site:

Principal contacts for the collection:

Hours and Usage Restrictions

Reading Room Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The library is closed on legal holidays.

The library is open, free of charge, to experienced researchers who are working on projects that require use of the collections. No appointment is necessary. New readers must complete an application describing their research project and must have available two forms of identification (one bearing a photo, e.g., a driver's license or passport). For more information go to:

Online Catalogs, Finding Aids and Resources

Online catalog:

To see what parts of the collections are included in the online catalog, use the Collection Access Chart:

Online finding aids:

Other resources:

The Catalogue of American Engravings: A union catalogue, the Catalogue of American Engravings describes engravings issued as separate publications or as illustrations in books and periodicals from the early eighteenth century through the year 1820. Included are portraits, views, poltical cartoons, and illustrations covering many subjects and genres.

Nineteenth-Century American Children's Book Trade Directory: This comprehensive directory contains 2,600 entries documenting the activity of individuals and firms involved in the manufacture and distribution of childrens books in the United States chiefly between 1821 and 1876.

Collection Summary

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a learned society founded in 1812, maintains a research library specializing in all phases of American history and culture through 1876. The collections of material printed in what is now the United States through 1820 are preeminent; those for the period 1821–76 are among the best anywhere. The library includes major collections of newspapers and periodicals; city directories and almanacs; American fiction and children’s books; engravings and lithographs; railroad and canal literature; genealogies and local histories; western Americana; Canadiana; federal and state government documents; sheet music, songsters, and tune books; cookbooks; manuscripts; broadsides and other ephemera; and early type-specimen books and other records illuminating the history of the book trades. AAS also has extensive holdings of reference books, bibliographies, and modern secondary works. Online catalogs and other detailed information about AAS collections are available through the society’s web site, which also includes information about the society’s history, its fellowship programs and past fellowship recipients, and lectures and seminars.

Usage Discussion

Suggestions for approaching the material:

Housing and getting by for less in the area: AAS offer accommodations in the Goddard-Daniels House and Montvale Cottage. For more information and room rates, got to:

Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

The AAS offers both long and short-term visiting academic research fellowships. For more information, see:

Major Topic Areas of Collection

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