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American Antiquarian Society

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The American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The Library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music and graphic arts materials printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.

The Society sponsors a broad range of programs -- visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts -- for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers, through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public. The Society is committed to enhancing the quality of education in grades K-12 by sponsoring teacher training workshops and seminars, and creating educational programs that make available for classroom use facsimiles of historic materials from the AAS collections.

The American Antiquarian Society library contains approximately 60,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1821. Scholars and other interested persons come from all over the world to study these materials. Their interests range from American history, art, and literature to the processes by which books were created and distributed in pre-twentieth century America.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon9:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM8:00 PM
Thr9:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: The library is closed on legal holidays.


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