American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society is one of the oldest learned societies in the United States. The Society is dedicated to preserving the history, literature, and culture of the United States from the colonial period to the end of Reconstruction. The Society's research library is a national treasure, holding four million items related to American history prior to the United States. Visitors will marvel at the classic beauty of the reading room. After a brief orientation, visitors can request materials and one of the librarians will retrieve those items from the Society's 25 miles of shelving. The building also holds the administrative offices of the Society and is a National Historic Landmark.
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