Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Are You Familiar With The American Antiquarian Society?

The 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.

Founded 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.

The 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 culture."

The 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 Psalm Book.

The 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 programs, including:

·         Research
·         Education
·         Publications
·         Lectures
·         Visiting Research Fellowships.
·         Concerts

The 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.

Its vast collection includes:

  • 15,000 almanacs published in North America, 1656-1876.
  • 700,000 books.
  • 2,000,000 newspapers.
  • 2,000 manuscript collections, spanning from 1613 into the 20th century.
  • 400,000 historic American objects.

For more information, you may consult: or visit at 185 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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