The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) maintains a major research library in American history, literature, and culture through 1876. The library includes books and pamphlets; newspaper titles; graphic arts materials including broadsides, political cartoons, maps, advertisements, and photographs; sheet music; and collections of manuscripts. The total collection encompasses some four million items. The society’s holdings are especially rich for projects in the history of the book, including bibliography and the history of printing and publishing; literature; the history of religion; cultural history; intellectual history; environmental history; American state and local history; and social history, including the history of reform, family history, and women’s history. The collections are strong chronologically from the early colonial period to the late nineteenth century.
The AAS-NEH fellows are part of a community that includes the AAS staff, area college and university faculty, and the recipients of AAS short-term fellowships (including scholars from all over the U.S. and abroad, Ph.D. candidates, and creative artists and writers producing work for the general public) and other long-term fellows. Further opportunities for collegial interaction and scholarly exchange are provided by the society’s Program in the History of the Book in American Culture; the Center for Historic American Visual Culture; its series of seminars in American history and culture through 1876; public lectures; and more informal gatherings.
Twenty-four months of AAS-NEH fellowship support are available for 2015-16. Detailed information and a link to application materials may be found on the AAS website.