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American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, Massachusetts
County of Worcester.
185 Salisbury Street
National Register Number: 68000018
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Open to researchers..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 24, 1968):
This venerable institution, established in 1812, is the third historical society founded in this country, and the first conceived on a national, rather than a statewide, level. Its third home, this early 20th-century Georgian revival building, is impressive enough, but what it houses is truly remarkable: the single largest collection of printed source material relating to the early history, literature, and culture of the United States. As a noted historian remarked, without these resources, "our knowledge of the origins of this nation would for a long time have been composed of myths and legends. In a sense, the American Antiquarian Society gave us our past."

The Society's 1910 building and antiquated storage facilities which lack a fire suppression system, threaten the collections of this, the nation's third oldest historical society.

A Save America's Treasures matching grant for $400,000 awarded in 2000 will address these concerns.

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