On Friday, April 5, 2013, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) will hold its sixth annual Adopt-A-Book event at which members of the general public get to “adopt” selected historic items from the AAS collections. The events goes from 6 – 8 p.m. in Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury Street in Worcester, Mass.
Admission is $10 – drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included. For more information and to make reservations, contact Ann-Cathrine Rapp at (508) 471-2135, or consult the Society’s web site at www.americanantiquarian.org
At the event you’ll view rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, prints and other gems that have found a home at AAS. You can then adopt one or more in your own name, a friend’s name or in memory of a special person. An AAS curator will use the money to buy something equally interesting in the coming year. Sample items include: issues of historic newspapers priced from $10-75; a broadside at $35; a children’s book for $40; a popular novel at $75; a volume of poetry for $100; and a lithograph or engraving from $100-500.
All donations are tax deductible and will be permanently recorded on a special bookplate and in the AAS online library catalog. During the event, Society curators will also describe their collections and explain what they buy and why.
The AAS library aims to collect one copy of everything printed in America through the nation’s centennial in 1876. The annual Adopt-A-Book event is a way the public can help AAS fulfill its mission while learning more about historic printed materials and the inner workings of a major American research library. People can also adopt online at: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/adoptabook.htm
The country’s first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.
The Society sponsors a broad range of programs–visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts–for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.
The AAS library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. It is closed on all legal holidays. The library is open to serious researchers, free of charge. Complimentary public tours are held Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.