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The following are frequently asked questions about the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections. Please click on a question to view the answer.

What is the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections?
Please download the document attached at the bottom of this page for an overview of the collection, including product descriptions for each database in the series. For more information or to download a comprehensive title list, click here.

What reference materials, if any, are included with the collections?
Reference materials are provided in the form of a Reference Shelf, located on right side of your screen beside your search results. The reference shelf contains:

  • Dictionary of Pre-19th Century Terms & Definitions: This dictionary, compiled by Brittannica, allows you to not only find definitions for early terminology, but to search documents by the words themselves.
  • Collection Overview Essays: Overview Essays are reviews and summaries written by prominent historians who have used the specified collection for historical research. These essays, addressing the specific collection or content in it, provide invaluable insight into and highlight the research value of the content. These essays can be helpful in placing collection contents in a larger historical context, as well as inspire new research ideas or methods of using the collection for the researcher.
  • Citation Help: Detailed instructions, links, and examples of how to cite various types of information using MLA, Chicago, and APA styles of citation.
  • FAQs: A selection of frequently asked questions to help quickly address your needs or difficulties. Of course EBSCO technical support is also available.

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What are Overview Essays? Where will I find them for the AAS Historical Periodicals Collections? How will they be helpful to me?
Overview essays are reviews and summaries written by prominent historians who have used this collection for historical research. These essays recapitulate the importance of this collection and range from interview with the current president of the American Antiquarian Society to title overviews. The essays provide an invaluable insight in to the collection and highlight the research value of the content.

The following overview essays are currently available on the product as part of the Reference Shelf items presented on the right side of the result list screen:

  • An Overview of the American Antiquarian Society Periodicals Collection with Ellen S. Dunlap, President, interview by Wendy Woloson, Ph.D.
  • American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals: Revolutionary War Era by Wendy Woloson, Ph.D.
  • Worms, Germs, and Sperm: How Agricultural Periodicals Helped the Pioneers Survive by S.J. Wolfe, M.L.S.
  • Healing Body and Mind: American Medical Periodicals of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century by S.J. Wolfe, M.L.S.
  • Southern Historical Materials at the American Antiquarian Society by William W. Freehling, Ph.D. and Marcus A. Mc Corison, Ph.D.
  • Doing Women's History at the American Antiquarian Society by Patricia Cline Cohen Ph.D. and Marcus A. Mc Corison, Ph.D.
  • The Origins of the Bill of Rights by Gordon S. Wood Ph.D.
  • 'Such Is Change In California': James Mason Hutchings And The Print Metropolis, 1854-1862 by Jen A. Huntley-Smith Ph.D.
  • An Overview of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2, 1821-1837 by Wendy Woloson, Ph. D.
  • An Overview of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 3, 1838-1852 by Wendy Woloson, Ph. D.
  • An Overview of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 4, 1853-1865 by Wendy Woloson, Ph. D.
  • An Overview of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 5, 1866-1877 by Wendy Woloson, Ph. D.

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How do I cite this collection properly?
The Citation Help provided by the Reference Shelf (on the right hand of your screen beside your search results) provides detailed information on methods, examples, and links to assist you in citing your sources in MLA, Chicago, and APA styles.

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What are some of the major subject areas in the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection?
While the list below is illustrative and not comprehensive, it provides an overview of some of the major subject areas in the collection.

  • Art, Architecture, and Music
    Periodicals in this category include subjects such as fine arts and how to display them, catalogs of house plans, the decoration and furnishing a home in good taste and style, and manuals for architects and others in the building trades.

  • Books and Publishing
    Titles in this category include reviews of books and drama, as well as catalogs and descriptions of newly published books both in America and abroad.

  • Business, Agriculture, and Industry
    This broad category encompasses but is not limited to titles on finance and banking, better farming, stock and poultry raising, horticulture, mechanization and manufacture, railroads, mining, lumbering, canals, printing, and publishing.

  • Civil War and Slavery
    This category contains an extensive collection of periodicals published during the Civil War and Reconstruction with a vast amount of content on the war and slavery not available outside the walls of the AAS.

  • Ethnic Groups (including African Americans and American Indians)
    This category includes titles pertaining to the experiences of African Americans and American Indians, as well as other ethnic groups including but not limited to Jewish, German, Irish, Scandinavian, Welsh, French, Hispanic, Caribbean emigrants who settled in the United States.

  • Family and Society (including children, women, education)
    This grouping contains magazines of a general sort for all members of the family on conduct of life, fashion and dress, deportment, and membership in social or fraternal organizations such as Freemasons and Odd Fellows.

  • History and Description
    This grouping focuses on history as the subject matter. Titles in this group cover not only the United States, but also all of the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

  • Language and Literature
    These literary magazines encompass a large and varied group of topics, including serialized novels, short stories, drama, poetry, essays, satire, wit and humor and folklore.

  • Law, Politics, and Government
    Titles in this group include law reports, digests, works on crime, punishment, legal proceedings and other points of law, as well as information for police, sheriffs, and court officers.

  • Religion and Philosophy
    Religious titles include magazines which focus on specific denominations as well as those which cover general works on theology, baptism, sin, conduct of life, Sunday schools, and Bible and missionary societies.

  • Revolutionary War
    This category contains an exhaustive collection of periodicals published during the Revolutionary War.

  • Science and Medicine
    This category includes titles relating to pure sciences such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc. as well as natural history, anthropology, archaeology, meteorology, botany, mineralogy, geology, weather, ethnology and zoology.

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Why are articles about the Civil War dated 1776 being displayed in my results?
The date is coming from how the content has been referenced in the full text. Because many of these periodicals were by published by British publishers, the British were referring to the Revolutionary War in America as a civil war from their context.

What newspapers are contained in the AAS collection?
Our AAS collection does not have any newspapers. It contains only other forms of periodicals

Series 5 has a date range through 1877, but I’m seeing issues for some titles with dates beyond 1877. Why is that?
We have included some issues beyond 1877 for a select number of titles we determined would be of high value to scholars. There are also some instances where all issues within a bound volume were scanned, even if they spanned beyond 1877.

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How do I access MARC records for the product to load into my OPAC once I have purchased?

You’ll need to go to http://eadmin.ebscohost.com/eadmin/login.aspx and log in.After logging in, please follow the steps below to download the records.

  1. Click on the Database Title Lists link in the top toolbar. Your institution name is displayed to the right of Current Site. (see red arrow).

    Click Database title lists link
  2. The MARC 21 tab (see below) displays automatically, with a list of MARC files to download for every EBSCO database you have. The AAS Historical Periodicals Collections are close to the top on my screen; yours may differ somewhat. Click on the h9h-all.marc and h9i-all.marc hyperlinks and they should download automatically.

    click marc download hyperlinks

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