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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the American Antiquarian Society is to collect, organize, preserve, and make available for use the printed and manuscript materials that record all aspects of the history of what are now the United States, Canada, and the former English colonies of the West Indies, from the time of first settlement by Europeans through 1876.  In order to foster a widely shared knowledge of our national past, the Society also provides services for research and publication and sponsors educational programs that are founded upon its collections.

Mission Statement

The mission of the American Antiquarian Society is to collect, organize, preserve, and make available for use the printed and manuscript materials that record all aspects of the history of what are now the United States, Canada, and the former English colonies of the West Indies, from the time of first settlement by Europeans through 1876.  In order to foster a widely shared knowledge of our national past, the Society also provides services for research and publication and sponsors educational programs that are founded upon its collections.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $540,000.00
Projected Expense $540,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Programs and Fellowships
  • Educational Outreach Programs
  • Public Programs

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the American Antiquarian Society is to collect, organize, preserve, and make available for use the printed and manuscript materials that record all aspects of the history of what are now the United States, Canada, and the former English colonies of the West Indies, from the time of first settlement by Europeans through 1876.  In order to foster a widely shared knowledge of our national past, the Society also provides services for research and publication and sponsors educational programs that are founded upon its collections.

Background Statement

AAS was founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, based on materials he had collected to write a comprehensive history of printing in North America. He built a personal library of over 7,000 books and collected hundreds of newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides, and more. AAS was founded to serve as a steward of this collection and a learned community long into the future. The Society and its collections have been growing ever since. It now holds the most comprehensive collection of early American printed matter in the world.  As a library, we make our holdings available to scholars and readers who come to Worcester; and now, the better part of our collection has been digitized and is available online. Our most intensive users are research fellows. We offer 40+ fellowships to scholars from across the country and worldwide. Although primarily a research library, we also welcome anyone with a project that would benefit from use of the collections. (For instance, K-12 and college classes visit throughout the year.) We also provide a variety of seminars and public programs, some featuring prominent historians (i.e. Ken Burns, David McCullough) and most of which are free of charge, to ensure that our work remains - as directed by our mission - available to anyone. 

Impact Statement

Top accomplishments FY2016
1. Collected, processed, preserved and made available collections materials at 10 times the rate of 2005
2. Launched first online interactive educational program, Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer digital suite
3. Laid ground work for major expansion and renovation of Antiquarian Hall
 
Top goals FY2017
1. Break ground on Antiquarian Hall expansion and renovation project
2. Surpass 60% of $17M already raised toward capital campaign goal for construction
3. Working with educators across the country, expand the full Isaiah Thomas - Patriot Printer digital suite for use in classrooms nationally
 
 

Needs Statement

Top most pressing needs (as articulated in the goals for the Safeguarding the American Story campaign):
1. HVAC system and infrastructure upgrade to Antiquarian Hall
2. Conservation lab expansion
3. New public engagement space
4. Technology upgrades
5. Increased endowment

CEO Statement

The AAS was awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities for "safeguarding the American story". It was presented to AAS President Ellen Dunlap by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House in 2014.  The award, inaugurated in 1997 and given to up to 12 recipients per year, "honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens' engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects." AAS is the only library ever to receive this award. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Historical Organizations
  2. Education - Libraries
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Academic Programs and Fellowships

Each year the Society offers 35-40 fellowships to scholars. These include 2 categories of long-term fellowships including: the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship and several AAS-NEH Fellowships. The Society also has 11 categories of short-term fellowships. Each year the Society also invites a senior scholar to become the Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

The Society awards 5 1-month residential fellowships to virtually any discipline of work intended for non academic audiences. Past recipients have included: non-fiction writers, novelists, playwrights, visual artists, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, radio producers, performance artists, journalists, and poets.

In association with the University of Connecticut, Brown and Clark Universities the Society presents 8 to 12 seminars featuring AAS fellows, members and visiting scholars. The series focuses on pre-20th-c. American history broadly speaking, as well as on such specializations as American literary history, art history, visual culture, music history, and bibliography and book trade history.

Each year a select group of undergraduates from the five four-year colleges and universities in Worcester - Assumption College, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State College - are given the opportunity to study intensively with a visiting faculty member and conduct primary source research in the AAS collections.

The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) provides opportunities for educators to learn about American visual culture and resources, promote the awareness of AAS collections, and stimulate research and intellectual inquiry into American visual materials. Under the umbrella of CHAViC the Society offers short-term research fellowships, online exhibitions, workshops and seminars, conferences, and improved access to AAS collections.

Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) - PHBAC sponsors conferences, publications, seminars, and research fellowships that look at the history of books and other printed objects in their full economic, social, and cultural context, providing intensive training in methodologies and concepts while introducing scholars to the resources of AAS. And the signature project of PHBAC is the publication of a five-volume, collaborative scholarly work, A History of the Book in America, which treats the subject from the early seventeenth century to our own times.

Budget  $431,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults US General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Many AAS scholars go on to publish award-winning texts - including earning the Pulitzer Prize.
Program Long-Term Success  Educators and interpreters of the history of our nation are trained at AAS.
Program Success Monitored By   AAS Executive Director Ellen S. Dunlap in conjunction with a review board comprised of AAS staff and scholars from around the U.S.
Examples of Program Success  World renowned historians David McCullough, Ken Burns, and Nathaniel Philbrick have all produced work based on research conducted at AAS.

Educational Outreach Programs

The Society has developed a series of workshops on various aspects of American history that are offered to educators locally, regionally, and nationally. These programs, which are offered both on-site and by using facsimiles at off-campus locations and online, include intensive examinations of selected AAS materials that are particularly pertinent to educators' needs. In 2014, AAS launched a major new online teaching initiative: the Isaiah Thomas-Patriot Printer digital suite. The program will focus on the life and times of Isaiah Thomas, the founder of the American Antiquarian Society. Thomas was a key player in the American Revolution, and after the war became America's foremost printer, publisher, and collector of the written record of the nation’s founding. "Digital Isaiah" will consist of six modules, each centered on a main historical document that was significant to Thomas’s life and its importance in the development of the early United States.
Budget  $175,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Our annual goal is to have 100% participation in our educational and outreach programs among our education partners. In addition, through innovative online and distance-learning programs, the Society strives to make its resources available to the broadest audience of students and educators.  The Digital Isaiah program will help us achieve this latter goal.
Program Long-Term Success 

The American Antiquarian Society is committed to helping to improve the ways in which American history and literature are taught and learned in public and private primary and secondary schools. The Society seeks, wherever possible, to join with teachers, school administrators, scholars, and other interested individuals and organizations in developing important and challenging educational initiatives that will have a positive impact in classrooms locally and nationally. The Society has best achieved this goal by concentrating its K-12 efforts on undertakings that place the resources of the AAS library and the subject-area expertise of AAS staff, members, research fellows, and others in the Society's scholarly community at the service of school teachers and administrators in designing new curricula and new ways of teaching history and literature through the use of facsimiles of primary source material in the classroom and online.

Program Success Monitored By  AAS Executive Director Ellen S. Dunlap and VP for Programs and Outreach James David Moran
Examples of Program Success  Our educational outreach programs are in high demand and are routinely oversubscribed.  Our new multi-purpose space in the addition to Antiquarian Hall  will allow a 50% increase in our capacity to welcome students to our campus.  Expanded online classroom learning and programs such as Digital Isaiah are all being created in an effort to accommodate as many participants as possible -- onsite, nationally, and around the world.

Public Programs

The Society produces 8-12 free public programs each year including lectures, musical and dramatic performances, and reading/discussion groups. These free programs are all based upon the time period and scope of the Society's collections and often include presentations by fellows, readers, and members. The annual Robert C. Baron Lecture asks distinguished AAS members who have written seminal works of history to reflect on one book within the AAS collections and its impact on scholarship and society in the years since its first appearance.
Budget  $18,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2016 AAS had 373,800 visits to its website. Onsite, AAS hosted 3,025 reader visits, 649 individual readers, 1,495 tours and visitors, and 1,109 attendees at public programs. In addition, 12,383 items from our collection were requested from researchers and scholars. Nearly 1,500 books were published since 2001 based on research done at AAS.

Program Long-Term Success 

With the opening of the new addition, AAS will have an even greater opportunity to reach out to the local, regional, and national tourism community. We will have capacity to offer more events, expanded tours, and additional lectures to those choosing to travel to the Worcester area to partake in other local attractions, such as the Worcester Art Museum, the Ecotarium, Hanover Theater, Worcester Historical Museum, and Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, among many others.

Program Success Monitored By  AAS Executive Director Ellen S. Dunlap and VP for Programs and Outreach James David Moran
Examples of Program Success 

AAS draws visitors to Worcester to visit its collections, and also by offering a wide variety of lectures and programs. In addition to AAS fellows who come for its competitive annual programs, scholars, historians, filmmakers and documentarians make use of the AAS collection and often give lectures to the community. These include, among others, David McCullough, Jill Lepore, and Nathaniel Philbrick (whose recent book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution was researched at AAS).


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ellen S. Dunlap
CEO Term Start Oct 1992
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

President, American Antiquarian Society. 1992-.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia. Director, 1983-1992.

Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Research Librarian, 1976-83. Research Associate, 1974-76. Research Assistant, 1973-74. Collections Assistant, 1971-73.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
National Humanities Medal National Endowment for the Humanities 2014

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 39
Number of Part Time Staff 16
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 68
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 37
Male: 34
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Sid Lapidus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. John Herron
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Herron Farms, LLC
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rev. Robert S. Bachelder Worcester Area Mission Society Voting
Mr. Richard D. Brown University of Connecticut Voting
Mr. Richard H. Brown Northaven Management, Inc. Voting
Mr. J. Christopher Collins Mirick O'Connell, LLC Voting
Mr. James C. Donnelly Mirick O'Connell, LLC Voting
Ms. Ellen S. Dunlap American Antiquarian Society Voting
Mr. Robert A. Gross University of Connecticut Voting
Mr. Samuel C. Kenary Morgan Stanley - The Kenary Group Voting
Ms. Margaretta Lovell University of California, Berkeley Voting
Ms. Carla L. Peterson University of Maryland Voting
Mr. William S. Reese William S. Reese Co. Voting
Ms. Elizabeth C. Reilly Independent Scholar Voting
Mr. Edwin C. Schroeder Yale University Voting
Mr. John C. Stowe Lutco, Inc. Voting
Mr. George W. Tetler III Bowditch & Dewey, LLP Voting
Mr. Richard Thaler Lieutenant Island Partners, LLC. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $540,000.00
Projected Expense $540,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financial Statement

2015 Audited Financial Statement

2014 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $7,777,431 $7,086,222 $7,518,186
Total Expenses $6,134,774 $5,695,926 $5,854,056

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $478,231 $569,958 $689,883
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $478,231 $569,958 $689,883
Individual Contributions $1,995,534 $1,770,975 $3,633,985
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $1,263,599 $1,174,130 $1,283,140
Investment Income, Net of Losses $3,976,570 $3,546,500 $1,911,178
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $0 $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $63,497 $24,659 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $5,064,637 $4,685,589 $4,818,015
Administration Expense $750,872 $708,513 $676,170
Fundraising Expense $319,265 $301,824 $359,871
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.27 1.24 1.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 82% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 13% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $75,225,787 $78,115,444 $72,070,444
Current Assets $3,850,945 $3,018,469 $3,150,945
Long-Term Liabilities $1,530,711 $1,630,711 $1,730,711
Current Liabilities $220,059 $179,337 $287,556
Total Net Assets $73,475,017 $76,305,396 $70,052,177

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $58,000,000.00
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose At its meeting on April 15, 2016, the Executive Committee of the AAS Council approved the proposed overall construction project to expand Antiquarian Hall and stabilize the collections through infrastructure improvements. In addition, they recommended an amount to be raised for endowment and programs. Subsequently, on April 29, 2016, the Council formally approved a $32M goal for the Safeguarding the American Story campaign – Phase One: $6.1M, Phase Two: $11.9M, Endowment $15M. The Council pledged to double their past support for the campaign and 100% participation. To date, $6.6M has been raised in support of the entire Safeguarding the American Story campaign. Proposals for additional grants have been submitted since April 2016 and total more than $12M. Requests for funding in support of the building project will continue to be the campaign priority for the next 18-24 months.
Campaign Goal $32,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Apr 2016 - Dec 2021
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $6,600,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 17.50 16.83 10.96

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 2% 2%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

AAS aims to fulfill its mission: to collect, organize, preserve, and make available for use the printed and manuscript materials that record all aspects of the history of what are now the United States, Canada, and the former English colonies of the West Indies from the time of first settlement by the Europeans through 1876.  In order to foster a widely shared knowledge of our national past, the Society also provides services for research and publication and sponsors educational programs that are founded upon its collections. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

AAS endeavors to actively acquire and build our collections, making them available in as many formats as possible, disseminating them as broadly as possible to as many audiences as possible for the national good.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

AAS currently has the greatest collection of colonial and early 19th-c American printed materials in existence, and we are adding to them at an unprecedented level.  We have longstanding partnerships with digital publishers to make these resources available to the broadest possible audiences.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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