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Academy Archives

The records of the Academy, dating back to 1780, reflect the intellectual history of the nation from its earliest years and document the history of Academy membership, program initiatives, and scholarship.

In 2005, to mark the 225th anniversary of the Academy, an archives facility designed specifically for the cataloging, conservation, and preservation of historic materials was created at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge.

Finding aids to the processed collections and select digital images are available below.

Processed materials are also available for onsite use by request. To submit an inquiry, or for more information, please contact the Archives Department at or 617-441-6128.

Selected Items in the Academy Archives

Our Projects

Academy projects develop new knowledge and concrete recommendations that influence both scholarship and policy-making.

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Our Members

Academy Members include more than 200 Nobel Prize laureates and 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Our History

Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other prominent contributors to the establishment of the new nation, the Academy has a rich intellectual history spanning more than 230 years.

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