The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is a national research library of American history and culture through 1876 which has been sharing American stories for more than two hundred years. Founded 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 located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, children's literature, music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, 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 before the twentieth century. AAS was presented with the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House.

General Information
FAQ | Affiliations | Contact Us

Staff | Members | Council | Fellows

Recent Scholarship Based on Research at AAS

Media and Publications
Publications | Information for the Media | Video | Zoom Backgrounds

Pay an Invoice | Annual Meeting | Semiannual Meeting

Employment and Internships
Employment Opportunities | Conservation Internship | Seiler Cataloging Internship

1812-2012: A View at the Bicentennial | In Pursuit of a Vision: Two Centuries of Collecting at AAS


Antiquarian Hall

Quick Links
Catalog | Login | Digital A-Z

By appointment:
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5

Link to AAS Facebook Link to AAS TwitterLink to AAS BlogLink to AAS Instagram   Link to AAS YouTube