American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury St., Worcester, Massachusetts


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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." -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 24, 1968

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 24, 1968
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Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Georgian Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1800-1824
Significant years
1812; 1910

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett