| American Antiquarian Society
American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass.
- 185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Hours and holidays: Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on legal holidays.
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A national research library of American history, literature, and culture through 1876. The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) library houses the largest and most accessible collection of printed materials from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, the West Indies and parts of Canada. This repository is best known for its premier newspaper collection, over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820 in the United States alone. About 75 percent of all printed American documents for the first 200 years are found here. Subject categories include American history, literature and bibliography, newspapers, periodicals and imprints to 1820, biography, genealogy, local history, almanacs, history, directories, federal, state and municipal documents including New England town reports, schools, patriotic publications, literature of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the westward movement, negro literature, slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, early maps, photos, portraits, and manuscripts.
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If you cannot visit or find a source at the American Antiquarian Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) (that is Waltham), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
- National Archives Northeast Region (New York City), census, naturalization, passenger arrivals, Canadian border crossings, customs, draft, military service, military pension and bounty land, Chinese Exclusion Act cases, Freedmen's Bureau, Indians, and vital records. Moving soon.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England since the 1600s.
- New York Public Library Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, features a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.
- Boston Public Library, has government docs, newspapers, biographies, obituaries, Ancestry.
- Boston Athenaeum, a member library with newspapers, maps, photos, Civil War letters, diaries.
- Suffolk County Courthouse, maintains criminal and probation records.
- Suffolk Probate and Family Court, wills, guardianship, divorce, adoptions, name changes.
- Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, preserves land records.
- Bostonian Society, does historical records research, and structures preservation.
- Mayflower Society Library, family and local histories, censuses, published town records, CDs.
- Massachusetts State Library, holds government documents, town, county and state histories.
- Massachusetts Archives, vital records, passenger lists, census, military, Maine, Plymouth Colony, court, natuaralizations, divorces, probate, name changes, and state institutions.
- Massachusetts Historical Society, has personal papers of families who lived in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, keeps births, marriages, and deaths.
- Harvard University Libraries, history, Afro-American studies, and women's history libraries.
- Congregational Library, church and mission records, histories, sermons, 25,000 obituaries.
- Berkshire Athenaeum, Cooke Collection church and cemetery records, newspaper notices, ministers' records, BMDs from New England and New York, genealogy databases.
- Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Ashland, is an educational organization.
- Peabody Essex Museum Library, Salem, collects published MA vital records to 1850, city directories, Essex County probate records 1638-1914, court records, and ship logbooks.
- Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, local archives, French Canadian, Irish, African American.
- Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut, has steamship photos, logbooks, and crew lists.