American Antiquarian Society

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The American Antiquarian Society was founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1812, largely through the efforts of Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831). The Society's original stated purpose was to "encourage the collection and preservation of the Antiquities of our country, and of curious and valuable productions in Art and Nature [that] have a tendency to enlarge the sphere of human knowledge." AAS from its inception attempted to be national in its collecting and its membership, which is by election.

The American Antiquarian Society's principal activity has been the creation and maintenance of a library. During the nineteenth century, the collections included archaeological, ethnographic, and historical objects as well as printed and manuscript material. However, at the close of the nineteenth century the decision was made to concentrate on printed and manuscript materials usable for the study of American history and culture in the period through 1876. Subsequently, almost all of the museum objects were transferred to other institutions, notably the Peabody Museum at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution.

From the description of Records, 1812- (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191274627

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referencedIn Worcester (Mass.). Collection, 1686-1941. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Deane, Charles, 1813-1889. Correspondence, 1602-1889, bulk: 1844-1889. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Papers of Gerda Lerner, 1924-2006 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. Papers, 1819,1972. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Hunnewell, James Frothingham, 1832-1910. Papers, 1854-1906. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. Emily Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Jarvis, Samuel Farmar, 1786-1851. Samuel Jarvis correspondence, 1759-1843. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. Correspondence, 1940-41 Dec.-Jan. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Coffin, James H. (James Henry), 1806-1873. James Henry Coffin Papers, 1848-1884 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956 (inclusive), 1883-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Lawrence Graham Brooks papers, 1897-1981 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Farber, Daniel, 1909-. Photograph collection, 1954-1991, 1970-1989 (bulk dates). Winterthur Library
referencedIn E.G. Squier papers, 1809-1888 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. Letters to Henry Charles Lea, 1888-1911. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Worcester Association of Mutual Aid in Detecting Thieves. Records, 1795-1976. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Mumey, Nolie, 1891-1984. Personal papers, 1914-1984. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, UAMS Library
referencedIn Wisconsin Historical Society. Increase A. Lapham Papers.
referencedIn Clarence Saunders Brigham letters, 1919-1928 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIf, 1866-1886 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Corner Book Shop (New York, N. Y.). Records, 1940-1980 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Worcester Historical Museum. Worcester Historical Museum stereograph collection, 1855-1900. Worcester Historical Museum
creatorOf Gookin, Daniel, 1612-1687. An historical account of the doings and sufferings of the Christian Indians in N. England in the years 1675, 1676, 1677 Newberry Library
creatorOf White, Caroline Barrett. American Women's diaries ; New England [microform] : from the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Autograph File, U, 1689-1943. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hall, Michael G. Papers 2001-120; 2010-150., 1959-2010 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. Papers, 1832-1865. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn American Antiquarian Society. S. F. Haven Papers.
referencedIn American Antiquarian Society. Correspondence, 1831 1840.
referencedIn Salley, A. S. (Alexander Samuel), 1871-1961. Notification of membership, 1914 Apr. 9. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Archives of American Art. Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection, 1813-1953. Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Carnegie Corporation of New York. Study of Arts of the United States. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1956-1961, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. [Collection of American newspapers, 1787-1788 [microform] ; also some pamphlets]. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Buck, Solon J. (Solon Justus), 1884-1962. Solon J. Buck Papers, 1902-1935, 1960. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Phillips, Stephen Willard, 1873-1955. Stephen Willard Phillips Papers, 1893-1950. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Lydenberg, Harry Miller, 1874-1960. Harry Miller Lydenberg papers, 1923-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Magriel, Paul David, 1906-,. Paul David Magriel papers, [ca. 1850]-1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. Papers, 1855-1906. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Lerner, Gerda, 1920-2013. Papers, 1950-1995 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Bartlett, Levi. Papers, 1809-1853; (bulk 1809-1824). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Brigham, Clarence Saunders, 1877-1963. Papers. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Alden, Timothy, 1771-1839. Letters, 1813-1822. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
creatorOf Gookin, Daniel, 1612-1687. An hytorical [sic] [acco]unt of the doing[s] & sufferings of [the] Christian Indians in New England, in the yeares 1675: 1676/1677 / impartialy drawne by one wel aquainted with that affayre and presented unto the Right Honble the Corporation residing in London appointed by the Kings most exelent matie for promoting the gospel among the Indians in America. Newberry Library
referencedIn Wyllie, John Cook, 1908-1968. American Antiquarian Society membership certificate awarded to Wyllie [manuscript] 1948 October 13?. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Fernald, William H. Scrapbook, 1861-1869. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hale, Charles Seabury,. Diaries, 1890-1934. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831. Papers, 1748-1874. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Wallace, Anthony Francis Clarke. Anthony F. C. Wallace Papers. 1920-2000. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. Records, 1812- Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Worcester County Atheneum. Records, 1830-1848. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Wiggins, James Russell, 1903-2000. Papers, 1908-1985. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Lapham, Increase Allen, 1811-1875. Letter : Milwaukee, to the secretary of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass., 1849 Nov. 26. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Lapham, Increase Allen, 1811-1875. Antiquities of Wisconsin, 1850-1855. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn New Harmony Manuscripts, 1812-1871 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indianahttp://www.workingmensinstitute.org/
referencedIn Wiggins, James Russell, 1903-2000. Papers, 1908-2000, bulk 1942-1994. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Baldwin, Christopher Columbus, 1800-1835. Papers, 1816-1835. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Francis, John W. (John Wakefield), 1789-1861. John Wakefield Francis collection, 1816-1858. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Board of Overseers. Records related to the charges against and defense made by Nathan Prince, 1740-1742. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Corner Book Shop (New York, N. Y.). Records, 1940-1980 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rhees, William Jones, 1830-1907. William Jones Rhees Papers, 1744-1907 Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif.).
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
referencedIn Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901-. Papers of the Clifton Waller Barrett family, 1960-1991. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers of Professor Henry William Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959 Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn William Baskerville Hamilton Papers, 1700-1975 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Richard Frothingham Collection, n.d. University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Graff, Everett D. (Everett Dwight), 1885-1964. Papers, 1921-1964 (bulk 1930-1960) Newberry Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1865-1891 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
referencedIn Squier, E. G. (Ephraim George), 1821-1888. Papers, 1847-1848. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Galindo, Juan. Papers, 1831-1839. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIe. 1845-1865. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Carl Tilden Keller papers, 1908-1954. Houghton Library
referencedIn Theatrical scrapbook collection, 1791-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Inventory of the Samuel Erson Asbury Papers Texas MSS 00044., 1872-1960 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Hall, Michael G. (Michael Garibaldi),. Hall, Michael G., papers, 1959-2010. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Sleeper, William Washburn. The Patten voice, 1866-1868. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Mather, Richard, 1596-1669. The summe of seventy lectures upon the first chapter of the second Epistle of Peter [microfilm] / Richard Mather. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn University of Connecticut Libraries Records, undated, 1882- Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Henry Raup Wagner papers, 1917-1962, 1930-1952 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Brigham, Clarence S. Letters to Clare R. Talbot, 1941-1967. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Office of Publications Book Files, 1973-1998. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles Hamilton (Firm). Business records, 1860-1906. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files, 1920-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965. Papers, 1920-1965. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn American Antiquarian Society. Miscellaneous Collections.
referencedIn Haven family. Papers, 1747-1908. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. Letter, 1908 Jan. 13, 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bolton, Theodore, b. 1889. Theodore Bolton Papers 1861-1977 1915-1977. University of Miami, Otto G. Richter Library
referencedIn Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872. Papers, 1805-1896 (bulk 1814-1863) Houghton Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 52: Assistant Secretary, Incoming Correspondenc.
referencedIn Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884. Papers, 1555-1882 (bulk: 1833-1881) Houghton Library
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn Frothingham, Richard, 1812-1880. Papers of Richard Frothingham, 1876-1877. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stoughton, Sarah Josephine, 1848-1871. Diaries, 1869-1871. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IId, 1837-1844 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf American Antiquarian Society. Letter signed : Waldo Lincoln, Pres., to Pierpont Morgan, 1911 Jan. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mendenhall, Thomas C. (Thomas Corwin), 1841-1924. Papers, 1851-1951. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Smith, Erminnie Adele Platt, 1836-1886. [Peabody Museum director records, Frederic W. Putnam (1839-1915), 1870-1923]. Harvard University, Tozzer Library
referencedIn Harvard Art Museum. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Salisbury family. Papers, 1674-1916. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915 Houghton Library
referencedIn Newton family. Papers, 1795-1870. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Atwater, Caleb, 1778-1867. Letters and drawings, 1818-1835. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Harry Miller Lydenberg papers, 1923-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Charles Francis Adams, 1862-1943. South America Expedition Records 1904-1922. Harvard University, Tozzer Library
referencedIn Lapham, Increase Allen, 1811-1875. Letter : Milwaukee, to the secretary of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass., 1849 Nov. 26. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Charnay, Désiré, 1828-1915. Désiré Charnay's The ruins of Central America with notes by Augustus Le Plongeon, and letter of transmittal from Frederick A. Ober to the American Antiquarian Society, 1880-1895. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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associatedWith Alden, Timothy, 1771-1839. person
associatedWith Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937 person
associatedWith American Antiquarian Society corporateBody
associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Archives of American Art corporateBody
associatedWith Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962 person
associatedWith Atwater, Caleb, 1778-1867. person
correspondedWith Baird, Spencer F. person
associatedWith Baldwin, Christopher Columbus, 1800-1835. person
associatedWith Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901- person
associatedWith Bartlett, Levi. person
associatedWith Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872 person
associatedWith Bolton, Theodore, b. 1889. person
associatedWith Brewer, Thomas M., Dr. person
associatedWith Brigham, Clarence S. person
associatedWith Brigham, Clarence S. 1877-1963. person
associatedWith Brooks, Lawrence Graham, 1881-1981 person
associatedWith Buck, Solon J. (Solon Justus), 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. Study of Arts of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith Charles Hamilton (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Charnay, Désiré, 1828-1915. person
associatedWith Corner Book Shop corporateBody
associatedWith Corner Book Shop (New York, N. Y.) person
associatedWith Deane, Charles, 1813-1889. person
associatedWith English, William H. person
associatedWith Espy, James P. person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Farber, Daniel, 1909- person
associatedWith Fernald, William H. person
associatedWith Francis, John W. (John Wakefield), 1789-1861. person
associatedWith Frothingham, Richard, 1812-1880. person
associatedWith Galindo, Juan. person
correspondedWith GERDA LERNER, 1920- person
associatedWith Gookin, Daniel, 1612-1687. person
associatedWith Graff, Everett D. (Everett Dwight), 1885-1964. person
associatedWith Hale, Charles Seabury, person
associatedWith Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. person
associatedWith Hall, Michael G. (Michael Garibaldi) person
associatedWith Hamilton, William Baskerville, 1908-1972 person
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associatedWith Harvard University. Board of Overseers. corporateBody
associatedWith Haven family. family
correspondedWith Haven, Samuel F. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton, Mr. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Hunnewell, James Frothingham, 1832-1910. person
associatedWith Jarvis, Samuel Farmar, 1786-1851. person
correspondedWith Jewett, Charles Coffin person
associatedWith Jewett, Jonathan P. person
associatedWith Keller, Carl Tilden, 1872-1955 person
associatedWith Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. person
correspondedWith Lapham, Increase Allen person
associatedWith Lapham, Increase Allen, 1811-1875. person
associatedWith Lea, Arthur H. person
associatedWith Lencett, John P. person
correspondedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Lydenberg, Harry Miller, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Magriel, Paul David, 1906-, person
correspondedWith Marsh, George Perkins person
associatedWith Mather, Richard, 1596-1669. person
associatedWith Mendenhall, Thomas C. (Thomas Corwin), 1841-1924. person
associatedWith Morgan, J. Pierpont 1837-1913, person
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associatedWith New Harmony (Ind.) Working Men's Institute. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Newton, Rejoice person
correspondedWith Palfrey family. family
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associatedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
correspondedWith Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Reynolds, Mary R. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
associatedWith Salisbury family. family
correspondedWith Salley, A. S. (Alexander Samuel), 1871-1961. person
associatedWith Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. person
associatedWith Smithson, James person
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associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Stoughton, Sarah Josephine, 1848-1871. person
associatedWith Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831. person
associatedWith University of Connecticut. University of Connecticut Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957 person
associatedWith Wallace, Anthony F. C., 1923- person
associatedWith Washburn, John D. person
associatedWith Wiggins, James Russell, 1903-2000. person
associatedWith Worcester Association of Mutual Aid in Detecting Thieves. corporateBody
associatedWith Worcester County Atheneum. corporateBody
associatedWith Worcester (Mass.) corporateBody
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