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At the core of the Society’s mission is the challenge of preserving and expanding our incomparable collections of Americana, serving the people who use them, and sharing them with an ever-broadening circle of members and friends. Our donors support our daily work and share our commitment as stewards of American history.

Book in book cradleWhile the Society’s service may appear seamless, our close attention to individuals and audiences seeking deeper understanding of American history takes time. And time, as Benjamin Franklin observed, is money. All our work comes at a cost. Your unrestricted support for the Society is critical to our sustained efforts.




Other ways to give

Stock gifts

Stock certificate imageTo make a gift of stock or other securities, please contact the Society’s Advancement office at 508-471-2162 or email It is essential that AAS receive notice ahead of time about stock gifts, including name of donor, stock name, and number of shares, since electronic transfers do not include donor information.


Planned gifts and bequests: The Esther Forbes Society

Esther Forbes Legacy gifts have been critical to the growth of the Society throughout its history. For example, writer Esther Forbes left the literary rights to all her works to AAS; as her novel Johnny Tremain has never gone out of print, the Society continues to benefit from her forward-thinking generosity. The Esther Forbes Society includes all those who have provided for AAS through their estates or otherwise via planned gifts. For bequest language or to inform the Society of your planned gift, please contact Vice President for Advancement Beth Kopley at or at 508-471-2162. Members of the Esther Forbes Society are recognized in the Annual Report and are invited to occasional special events. Learn more.


Gifts to the collection

Image of paper collectionsThe Society’s collections have grown in large part thanks to more than two centuries of generous donations. Curators are always interested in considering gifts to the collections. The Society’s collecting policies can be found here. To discuss giving an object or a collection to AAS, please contact Lauren B. Hewes, Vice President for Collections, at



The American Antiquarian Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. All gifts are tax deductible. For questions or to make restricted gifts, please call the Advancement office at 508-471-2162 or contact Beth Kopley, Vice President for Advancement, at


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