The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) was founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas. The American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library that houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, children's literature, music, and graphic arts material printed through 1912 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary texts, bibliographies, and digital resources and reference works.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections consists of five databases, organized by time period and created from a comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1912. These databases include 6,500 titles featuring more than 10 million pages of content from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century. The collection also contains titles in more than two dozen languages including French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, and more. At the bottom is a special link that allows you to search all five collections together.