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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Are You Familiar With The American Antiquarian Society?
American Antiquarian Society, with an annual budget of $75 million, has 1,052
active members who share in the stewardship of its mission, which is namely
to collect, preserve, and make available for study all printed records of what
is now known as the U.S. The materials include over three million books,
pamphlets, newspapers, periodical, graphic arts materials and manuscripts.
two centuries ago, in 1812, by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah
Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major
independent research library.
AAS Library, according to the organization, “houses the largest and most
accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals,
music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876, as well as manuscripts
and a substantial collection of secondary texts, bibliographies, and digital
resources and reference works related to all aspects of American history and
Society reportedly has two-thirds of the total number of books known to have
been printed in what is known now as the USA, from the establishment of the
first press in 1640, to 1820. One of the
most valuable and more famous volumes in its collection is a copy of the very
first book printed in America, The Bay
AAS does a great job of documenting the early American experience. It mirrors the caliber of the Library of
Congress. It sponsors a broad range of
AAS Children’s Literature Collection is a comprehensive resource comprised of
26,000 picture books, primers, school texts, religious tracts, and novels for
children and youth published in the American colonies and the United States
between 1650 and 1876 and in the case of picture books, 1899.
vast collection includes:
almanacs published in North America, 1656-1876.
manuscript collections, spanning from 1613 into the 20th century.