Educational Institutions

American Antiquarian Society

  • Worcester, MA
  • http://www.americanantiquarian.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1812 by patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the AAS is a research library with the world's most comprehensive collection of materials printed in America before 1820 and with strong, representative collections through the nation's centennial in 1876. Scholars and researchers from around the world use its unsurpassed collections of books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, prints, and other materials.

Service Areas

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National

ruling year

1929

Principal Officer

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Ms. Ellen S. Dunlap

Keywords

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National research library, American history, culture

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Also Known As

AAS

EIN

04-2103652

 Number

5867449990

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

In addition to making its collections available in Worcester, AAS in partnership with NewsBank/Readex, AAS has digitized several of its important research collections and makes them available over the Internet to subscribers: Digital Evans, 1640-1800; Digital Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819; Historic American Newspapers; and American Broadsides and Ephemera. Through its visiting fellowship program, stipends are offered to research fellows and to artists who would benefit from a residency of one month or more at AAS. Lectures, seminars, and other public programs are offered throughout the year. AAS's Program in the History of the Book in American Culture has joined with the University of North Carolina Press to publish a five-volume study, called A HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN AMERICA. Each summer a week-long seminar on some aspect of history of the book is offered. We are establishing a new Center for Historical American Visual Culture. The Society published a scholarly journal, PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY, two newsletters, an online journal, common-place.org, and occasional books and monographs.

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Service Areas

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National

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AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Antiquarian Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ellen S. Dunlap

BIO

Ellen S. Dunlap was named President of AAS in 1992. She came to Worcester from her position as Director of the Rosenbach Library and Museum in Philadelphia. Both her bachelor's and MLS degrees are from the University of Texas, Austin. She serves as President of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and on the board of the Research Libraries Group.

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