Saturday, June 27, 2009

Boston Athenaeum-A Library For History Lovers

The book collection features selections specializing in American history, 19th century titles, New England history, state and local topics, and fine arts. Researchers can take advantage of these subject areas as well as a huge collection of periodicals and special collection materials.

Special Collections demands an entry of its own, for the Athenaeum's holdings are among the finest in the United States. They feature early Boston newspapers, Confederate States imprints, books from a number of people associated with 18th and 19th century Boston, most notably Henry Knox and George Washington, a substantial collection of first editions, and works printed in Native American languages. Absolutely breathtaking! In addition the library holds a huge manuscript collection that ranks with the finest in the Boston area. Manuscripts are especially strong in the fields of fine arts and literature. Staff is incredibly knowledgable about the holdings in Special Collections and especially helpful to beginning researchers.

And then there's afternoon tea. If you really want to know about the tea, think about this... It's $20 (cheapest in town), it's a fun buffet where you contend with the other patrons to get the best of the uniquely themed food items that have been prepared. You can pig out to your hearts content on scones and things like Madeira Hot Chocolate from a 300-year old Spanish recipe.

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