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The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is a learned society,
which was founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Society
maintains a research library of American history and culture in
order to collect, preserve, and make available for study the
printed record of the United States. AAS is the third oldest
historical society in this country and the first to be national
rather than regional in its purpose and in the scope of its collec-
With holdings numbering close to three million books,
pamphlets, broadsides, manuscripts, prints, maps, and newspapers,
this library preserves the largest single collection of printed
source material relating to the history, literature, and culture of
the first 250 years of what is now the United States. It
specializes in the American period to 1877, and holds two-thirds of
the total pieces known to have been printed in this country between
1640 and 1821, as well as the most useful source materials and
reference works printed since that period. Its files of
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American newspapers, numbering
two million issues, are the finest anywhere.
These collections serve a worldwide community of students,
teachers, historians, bibliographers, genealogists, and authors
whose research here directly affects the quality of education
through textbooks, biographies, historical novels, newspapers,
periodicals, plays, operas, films, and libraries.
The Society has a staff of fifty. In addition to the
function of curatorship for others, the library's staff is itself
productive of scholarship. A few examples of staff work produced
at AAS are: a history of printing in America, a history and
bibliography of American newspapers; the standard work on Paul
Revere's engravings; a completion of Sabin's dictionary of books
relating to America as well as Evans's "American Bibliography"; a
twenty-volume dictionary catalogue of the Society's holdings dated
before 1821, family genealogies, and first editions of American
literature; a four-volume catalogue of the manuscript collections;
and editorship of the Society's "Proceedings," published
semiannually. The skills of all staff members are always available
for guiding visiting scholars in the use of the collections.
The Society began with one man--Isaiah Thomas--a product of
the American Revolution. Thomas was born in Boston in 1749 into a
family so poor that at the age of six he was taken from his mother
by the Overseers of the Poor and apprenticed to a printer.
Thomas's sympathies were with the popular faction during the
genesis of the American Revolution. He made his newspaper, "The
Massachusetts Spy," the voice of the Whig party. Three nights prior
to the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Thomas smuggled his
printing press out of Boston and set it up in Worcester. Thomas
became the leading printer, editor, publisher, and bookseller in
the United States after the war.
In 1802, Thomas retired and turned his attention to the
preservation of the records of the origins and growth of the nation
he had helped to make. Believing that the answers to the liveliest
historical questions lie in the lives and thoughts of common
people, one of his first steps was to make the rounds of newspapers
of Revolutionary days to buy up their office files. In his search
for historical material, he one day went into the largest music
store in Boston and bought one copy of every ballad on its shelves.
His purchase forms the cornerstone of our present great collection
of early American music.
In the war year of 1812, Isaiah Thomas, with a group of like-
minded men, founded the American Antiquarian Society. To the
Society he gave the then-substantial sum of $20,000 and his library
of 8,000 volumes. Worcester was chosen as the site because it was
an inland town, safe from the guns of the British fleet.
Since that day there have been among the members of the
Society twelve presidents of the United States and hundreds of
other distinguished men and women, including Alexander Graham Bell,
George Bancroft, Henry Clay, DeWitt Clinton, Robert Fulton, Daniel
Webster, Henry Cabot Lodge, Esther Forbes, and Samuel Eliot
Morison. Calvin Coolidge was president of the Society at the time
of his death in 1933. Membership is by election and is open to 600
persons. Members, who come from all parts of the nation, are chose
for their interest in the advancement of historical research.
The activities of the American Antiquarian Society in its
early years covered a very wide field. It was while on his way
west to begin the scientific exploration of Indian mounds that one
of the Society's early librarians was killed in Ohio's first
recorded traffic accident. Later, the Society was active in such
fields as Central American archaeology, but the growth of
anthropology and related sciences at the Smithsonian Institution
and other organizations made it obvious that more could be
accomplished by specialization than by duplication of effort. In
1910 the Society abandoned active anthropological work, broke up
its museum, and constructed a building specifically designed as a
The library building contains twenty miles of bookshelves.
The collecting field in which AAS holdings are preeminent include:
almanacs, amateur newspapers, art catalogues, Bibles and prayer
books, bibliography, book catalogues, bookplates, broadsides,
caricatures (political), children's literature, city views, city
directories, cookbooks, early American books and pamphlets,
fiction, graphic arts, genealogy, institutional publications,
libraries, literary annuals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, paper
currency, periodicals, printing and related arts, psalmody, school
books, school catalogues and histories, sheet music, songsters,
state and local histories, state documents, stereoscopic views and
postcards, trade cards, trade catalogues, trade directories and
yearbooks, transportation (roads, railroads, canals, and bridges),
United States government documents, United States history
(chronological and topical), and valentines.
The Society also holds an important body of material in the
field of early religious history and literature, including the most
extensive collection of the writings of the Mather family, their
manuscripts, private library, and family portraits.
The Society's manuscript collection, numbering several
million pieces of unpublished documents, is housed in the Society's
Kresge Manuscript Room. Its 2,215 running feet of shelving contain
collections of diaries, account books, family letters, and business
records, as well as the archives of the Society itself.
The graphic arts collection dates from the founding of the
Society when Isaiah Thomas donated his personal collection of
graphic arts. Today the principal collections include maps,
broadsides, prints, and eighteenth-century engravings. This
department frequently provides illustrative material for printers
and publishers. A copy of the Society's photoduplication policies
and fees is available on request.
The Society is the nation's chief repository of early
American newspapers. More than two million issues published in the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in every section of the United
States, Canada, and the West Indies are held on seven miles of
shelving in climate-controlled stacks.
Detailed descriptions of the Society's resources may be found
in "Under Its Generous Dome: The Collections and Programs of the
American Antiquarian Society" (Worcester, 1992). Selected
materials from the Society's collections are on exhibition
throughout the year.
The Arts of the Chinese Papercut
The art and craft of intricate papercutting is a very ancient one and requires a manual dexterity and steadiness which seems almost impossible for anyone to possess in this fast-paced machine driven age. But as one can see from our gallery, China is still home to a few of these skilled artisans. We have tried to make available several different types of papercuts including multilayered and multicolored ones though numbers of these more complex types are limited . We hope you find these pages entertaining and educational.
Publishing Cornerstone References for Library, Publishing, and Bookselling Professionals
Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker produces reference products that form the cornerstone of the library and bookselling communities: Publishers Trade List Annual (1873), The Reader's Adviser (1921), Literary Market Place (1940), Books in Print (1948), Books in Print Plus (1986), as well as other core professional resources. As the Official ISBN (International Standard Book Number) Agency for the United States, the company has a unique perspective on the book trade, a perspective that is reflected in the accuracy and currency of its bibliographic references and services.
R.R. Bowker's century-old challenge to produce the most reliable and innovative products assures that it stands ready to meet the ever-changing information reference needs of the future.
I am writing you to tell you about Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and
everything else, an online zine published by Big Bridge, a fine print
literary press represented by many special collections libraries. We
have a catalog for Big Bridge Press at the Big Bridge online zine site
and would like to be included in your list of electronic journals and
book arts lists. Big Bridge Press has created in tandem with Andrew
Hoyem, Peter Koch, Don Gray and other respected printers and designers.
We have been awarded The Rounce and Coffin Award and selected by Fine
Print Magazine for Best Broadside of the Year. We have published works
by Jim Harrison, Andrei Codrescu, Joanne Kyger, Philip Whalen, Allen
Ginsberg and other poets. Please take a look at Big Bridge
The World of Woodblock Printmaking
Chromoxylographers of the world - Unite!
The [Baren] forum is a mailing list open to anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of woodblock printmaking. Its main purpose is to encourage a flow of information among members and provide a place where they can share their knowledge and experience. Although many of the discussions are naturally based on technical points of the woodblock printmaking craft, general 'philosophical' issues also play an important part in the communications.
A baren is the 'pad' used by printmakers to apply pressure to the paper when it is in place on the woodblock. A wonderful tool made of simple materials - paper, lacquer and bamboo - it is extremely strong, yet capable of incredibly delicate nuance. The baren is the very core of traditional woodblock printmaking, and there can be no better symbol for this forum.
If you feel that you could benefit from being a member of [Baren], and feel that you have something to offer the group, please join us; we would love to have you!
To subscribe to [Baren], send an e-mail message to
with the following text in the body of the message:
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Works for German Baroque Literature
by Scott B. Denlinger
This guide intends to provide a current survey of the reference materials available for the study of German literature and culture of the Baroque period, a period spanning roughly the late 16th through early 18th centuries. The peculiar circumstances of 17th-century German history make published catalogs of collection holdings more significant tools for Baroque scholarship than such works might be for other literatures. The completion and publication of recent comprehensive bibliographies provides the modern Baroque literature scholar with powerful tools, and promises to greatly aid the progress of such scholarship. This guide describes these newer works, and includes older works still of use to the Baroque scholar. It is arranged according to type of reference tool, and alphabetically within each type.
The Lawrence of Arabia Factfile
Information about the life and career of Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1888-1935, archaeologist, traveller, wartime intelligence officer and guerrilla leader, diplomat, writer, private-press publisher, serviceman, friend and patron of painters and sculptors, benefactor of libraries, museums, art galleries and RAF charities.
American Authors on the WWW.
A very extensive, most interesting site.
- Bertolt Brecht 100
online exhibition celebrates the 100th birthday of
Bertolt Brecht, one of the most influential playwrights
and German writers of the twentieth century.
Scottish Writers On The Internet
Brewed in Scotland by the author of
Music, In A Foreign Language
Saltire First Book Award 1994
a New York Times book of the year!
nominated for the 1996 Booker Prize
Reviews of recently published European reference works.
Roman Numeral Date Conversion Table
For the Years A.D. 1400 ~ 2000
"Use your search/find utility -- found under "Edit" in the command menu of most browsers -- to
locate any Roman year date between 1400 (MCD) and 2000 (MM) in the Table that follows; the
Arabic equivalent will appear to the left of the Roman numeral in the adjacent column. Upper
case letters should be used if your search utility is case sensitive (the case has no affect on the
value of the Roman numerals themselves)."
The Virtual Bookshelf
The Virtual Bookshelf is an innovative new electronic publication that integrates Internet applications with quality literature to create an interactive reading experience that far surpasses the traditional paper book. Full-text search, bookmarks and a customizable reading environment are a few of the features you'll find.
COMMISSION BELGE DE BIBLIOGRAPHIE
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BELGISCHE COMMISSIE VOOR BIBLIOGRAFIE:
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- EDU2 ?
a) 8000+ educational links from all over the world
b) 41 categories: sorted from ACCOUNTING to VETERINARY
c) Regularly maintained and updated
REVISTA DE CULTURA HISPANA
Departamento Exterior del Centro de Estudios Postuniversitarios.
Director : Federico Revilla.
Para apreciar mejor las calidades de "Melibea", especialmente en las reproducciones que
inserta, así como en su compaginación, recomendamos que se adopte el formato de pantalla
Book and Publishing Studies (B&P)
- a graduate specialization offered by the Department of English
Language and Literature of the University of Leiden.
Society of Freelance Editors and Proofreaders.
The SFEP is a non-profit-distributing organization with the twin aims of:
There are currently over 1300 members (mostly in the UK), providing a wide range of freelance editorial services to the publishing community and beyond. Corporate membership is also available to publishing companies.
- promoting high editorial standards
- achieving recognition of the professional status of its members
- All information you will need to find your way around in Amsterdam. Links to theaters, museums, restaurants etc. etc. Visit this site before visiting Amsterdam!
- THREE SITES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT COPYRIGHT:
- WATCH (Writers and Their Copyright Holders) is a file that contains primarily
the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for
English-language authors whose papers are housed, in whole or in part, in libraries
and archives in North America and the United Kingdom. The objective in making
the file available is to provide information to scholars on whom to contact for
permission to quote from or publish previously unpublished manuscripts.
WATCH is a joint project of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at
The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Reading Library,
Reading, England, with support from the Strachey Trust, a U.K. charity
established in 1972 to further the pursuit of scholarship.
- The Copyright Management Center
- assists members of the university community as they work with copyright issues in the creation of original works and in the use of existing copyrighted works for teaching, research, and service. Our university is a complex organization with ambitious programs for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. In the pursuit of those programs, our activities frequently raise questions about the relationship of copyright to the university's research, teaching, and service mission. A principal objective of the Center is to facilitate a constructive relationship between higher education and our legal rights and responsibilities.
another copyright site
- "BIBLIO is a magazine for book collectors. The magazine
addresses issues that are important to the experienced
antiquarian book collector, but it also catches the
interest of book lovers who may not yet be extensive and
purposeful collectors. BIBLIO is a beautiful reference
vehicle that educates, informs, and keeps readers abreast
of what's happening in the book world. A beautifully
produced publication that could itself be considered a
BIBLIO focuses on the art and enjoyment of collecting a
wide variety of book types--from antiquarian and modern
first editions, to fine press and ephemera. The editorial
content and focus is literary, lively, accessible, and
practical. Regular features include: how to create, build,
and maintain a personal collection; trends in book and
manuscript collecting; how to define value of personal
collections and individual books; book dealer and seller
reviews; profiles of the world's finest collections and
their collectors; and tips, techniques, and the fine
points of collecting".
- The Unofficial D.F. McKenzie Home Page
This site has been set up in honour of D.F. McKenzie.
Professor of Bibliography & Textual Criticism at the University of Oxford (1989-1996).
The launch of this site has been timed so as to give McKenzie fans the world over the chance to
experience the celebrations that marked his 65th birthday on June 5 this year - a day that turned
out to be quite a surprise to Professor McKenzie himself.
- MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT
- Benedictine monastery near Abiquiu, New Mexico. Visit their 'scriptorium'. Monks design webpages..."after all we've been making pages for 1500 years" LET THERE BE LIGHT!
- JAMES JOYCE's ULYSSES
- complete text on line. 'Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay
crossed...He held the bowl aloft and intoned: 'INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI'...
- ASS. AMATEUR PRESS OF AMERICA
- nation-wide non-profit organization of amateur journalists founded in 1936. The purpose of the
association is the promotion of amateur journalism and fellowship of amateur writers, editors, printers, and publishers; and the circulation of their work among the membership.
- THE ELECTRONIC
- the electronic Beowulf project has assembled a huge database of digital images of the Beowulf manuscript and related manuscripts and printed texts.
- JESUITS AND THE
- Characteristic of the Society of Jesus during the period of its first founding (1540-1773) was the involvment of its members in the sciences. Mission work in Asia and the Americas gave the Jesuits opportunities and impetus to
study the phenomena of these new worlds. This site gives information about the Jesuit history through the ages.
- WILLY SCHUYESMANS
- books for children and young adult. Very nice website of Belgium
writer. Versions in Dutch, French and English.
- YEAR 2000 DATE BOMB SITE!!
- somber site warning computer owners for the dangerous date to come...
- THE SHEET MUSIC CATALOGING GUIDELINES
- working group presenting guidelines for sheet museic cataloging.
- a world wide web
server for medieval studies. A very interesting site on this subject, with many links.
- THE WARBURG INSTITUTE
- exists principally to further the study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements of
European thought, literature, art and institutions which derive from the ancient world. It houses an archive, a library and a collection of photographs begun and organized by Aby Warburg, the historian of Renaissance art and civilization.
- Abbreviationes, the first electronic dictionary of medieval Latin abbreviations, aims to help scholars
in transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts. It consists of a database (Main Dictionary) and a
database application (Abbreviationes) which provides the facilities for creating and accessing
disk-based databases. In its current release the database contains more than 35,000 entries, which
is more than twice as many as you will find in all the printed dictionaries currently available by
Chassant, Cappelli, and Pelzer combined. With updates and enhancements released twice a year
the Main Dictionary will continue to grow steadily. As many scholars are already adding to this
corpus of abbreviations Abbreviationes will become an easily accessible standard reference work
which also reflects the state of current scholarship.
- THE DAILY READ BY SHOSHANA EDWARDS
- Good-Morning messages by administrator of Biblio; very worthwhile reading and a nice way to start
the new day!
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