Title: The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012....
Publisher: American Antiquarian Society,, Worcester:
Publication Date: 2012
Edition: First Edition..
large octavo, xvi, 454 pp. Founded in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, the patriot printer and leading publisher of the new nation, the American Antiquarian Society reflects his vision for the printed record of America's history-its preservation and its interpretation. Over two centuries, beginning with Thomas's gift of his own extensive library of books and newspapers, this learned society has become widely recognized as a national treasure. The collections are an indispensable resource for everyone interested in studying the United States to 1876. Scholars, artists, and writers benefit from the library collections and its fellowship programs to conduct research resulting in books and other works that frequently earn national awards. The Society also offers lectures, seminars and conferences, programs for teachers, and a rich website for diverse audiences. This volume traces the development of the library and the role the Society's librarians have played as collectors, scholars of American writing and publishing, and stewards of the nation's history. Readers will meet Isaiah Thomas and his successors at the Society's helm: Christopher Columbus Baldwin, Samuel Foster Haven, Edmund Mills Barton, Clarence Brigham, Clifford K. Shipton, Marcus A. McCorison, and Ellen S. Dunlap. Each has moved the Society forward by deftly matching the institution's needs with local and national developments. The Society celebrates its bicentennial as a leading independent research library, a pioneer in the digitization of its collections, and a center of scholarship for the study of American history and culture. New. maroon and black cloth in dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 22048
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