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Alliance for the American Antiquarian Society

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To collect, 
preserve, make accessable The American Antiquarian Society's mission is to collect the printed history of this nation, to preserve those invaluable collections, and to ensure that the materials are widely available.

You may join the Alliance for the American Antiquarian Society online. Select your memebership level by entering a dollar amount in the window below and click the button "Join the Alliance for AAS."


You may also join the Alliance for the American Society by sending your check directly to the:

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1634

We need your support through the Annual Fund, which provides about 10% of the operating budget, to be sure that the work of this library is done effectively. Free public lectures and concerts, helpful responses to telephone or mail reference questions, new bibliographical tools to aid readers, computer access to the library's catalog, microfilm reproductions of rare items, prints and maps for textbook illustrations - your gift helps to make all of this work and more possible.

The challenges of adding materials to the collection; of repairing books, broadsides, pamphlets, prints and maps; and of providing quality service to readers are faced daily within the walls of Antiquarian Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The gifts of generations of individuals, stretching back for nearly 190 years, have made this institution what it is. Join that proud tradition by joining the Alliance for the American Antiquarian Society to sustain a vibrant present and ensure a strong future for the Society.

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Alliance for the AAS Membership Levels

Isaiah Thomas Society

Donors of $1,000 or more are designated members of the Isaiah Thomas Society, named in honor of our founder who had the foresight to preserve American history and culture as it happened.

George Bancroft Society

Donors of $250 - $999 are designated members of the George Bancroft Society, named in honor of the former Secretary of the Navy and member of the American Antiquarian Society (elected 1838) whose scholarly work History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent, paved the way for future generations of historians.


Donors of $50 - $249 are designated Friends of the Society, a group of public minded individuals who have been supporting the activities and operations of the Society for almost 200 years.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please request your company's matching gift.


Additional Information

Endowed Funds

About half of the American Antiquarian Society's budget and almost the entirety of our acquisitions budget are underwritten by income form permanent endowment funds. The list of endowed book funds at AAS tells a part of the story of the Society's history. At his death in 1831, Isaiah Thomas left a bequest of $6,000 to establish the first book fund, ensuring that the library would continue evolving and growing. To establish your own endowed fund at the American Antiquarian Society, contact the Development office.

Esther Forbes Society

Civic minded individuals who have indicated to the Society their desire to leave a bequest to the Society are designated members of the Esther Forbes Society, named for the Society's first elected woman member, Esther Forbes (elected 1960), who left to the Society upon her death, the rights and residuals to her Newberry Award winning novel, Johnny Tremain.

Members of the American Antiquarian Society

Members of the American Antiquarian Society, who now number more than 800 persons, are elected by their colleagues in recognition of scholarship, for support of cultural institutions, for manifest interest in bibliographical matters, or for distinction as community or national leaders in humanistic affairs.