American Antiquarian Society

Quoting from an article in the Atlas Obscura web site:

“This little-known rival to the Library of Congress houses one of the largest collections of pre-1876 American books, newspapers, and manuscripts.

“Plenty of people in Worcester drive by the American Antiquarian Society every day, but few know about the vast amounts of knowledge held inside. This research library and learned society rivals the Library of Congress in terms of its historical content. Historians from all over the United States and beyond make pilgrimages to come here to do their research.”

The full article, along with several pictures of the American Antiquarian Society, may be found at The American Antiquarian Society’s web site may be found at:


“The Wisconsin Historical Society has the second largest collection of newspapers in the United States, surpassed only by the Library of Congress. This stunning national collection spans from the 17th century to the present and serves the needs of researchers not only in Wisconsin but also throughout the world.”

About the Wisconsin Historical Society Newspaper Collections


    Wisconsin has a great collection of newspapers, yes. But AAM has a collection of over 4 million print items. The mission at AAM is to collect one of every single item printed in the United States from the very first (Bay Psalm Book, 1646) all the way through to 1876. They have all manner of print: broadsides, books, wills, sheet music, illustrations, advertising cards, textbooks, catalogues, postcards…and yes, newspapers are there, too, among other print. It is a truly astounding collection.


James M. Beidler wrote about the society in his excellent book The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide.


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