M y Web AAS

First Time Users

Anyone wanting to request to use collection materials or order copies from the American Antiquarian Society will need to register online first. Creating a My Web AAS account will allow you to use our automated special collection request system.

For those who like to read ahead, we recommend that you read the FAQ about My Web AAS and the Aeon system behind it before registering. This information will also be available to you when you login to your account in the future in the sidebar menu under "About."

Online Registration (required)

You will be asked to provide personal information when creating your own My Web AAS account. To keep this information private, you will also be asked to choose a username and password. You will use this username and password when you logon to My Web AAS in the future, either by going directly to the MWA website (http://aeon.mwa.org) or by following links to "Request" or "Order Copies" from records in the AAS Online Catalog (http://catalog.mwa.org).

We suggest you use your email address as your username as it is easy to remember. However, you may choose anything you like, such as your name, abbreviations, or an alphanumeric code.

Choose anything you like. We recommend that you follow good security practice and choose a password that is different from those you use to access other systems. We will encrypt your password, so it will remain secure. Only you will know your password.

Reading Room Orientation (not required if only ordering copies)

Before using collection materials in person, a reading room orientation is required. Complete information on Using the Library is available on the AAS website.

On your first visit to the library, you will be asked to confirm your registration information by providing two forms of ID. One must have your photograph (usually a drivers' license or passport) and the secondary form of ID is usually a university ID or library card. Your picture will be taken and you will be issued an AAS library card. A staff member will then orient you to AAS's collections and policies. The orientation process usually takes about half an hour.

By clicking on the "First Time Users Click Here" button below, you agree to abide by the following reading room rules:

1. The Society reserves the right to examine all materials taken out of the reading room.
2. No food, drink, pens, or bags of any kind may be taken in to the reading room.
3. All non-staff members must stop at the reception desk to sign in and out of the building for security purposes.
4. Video cameras are in use in the reading room and surrounding areas.
5. You are welcome to take your own photographs of collection materials, provided you follow the Reading Room Photography policy.
Thank you for following these security procedures, as they will allow us to continue to provide access to collection materials to future generations.

Photoduplication Information

Important Copyright Information


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Taking Your Own Photographs

Please consult our Reading Room Photography policy.

Ordering Copies & Images

Please consult our Obtaining Digital Images Guide.

Please note: PDF or photocopy requests exceeding 20 pages will be filled by the Rights and Reproductions department for an additional fee. If you do not hear from Rights & Reproductions regarding a price quote for jpeg files within 7-10 days, please email reproductions@mwa.org directly.

By clicking the “First Time Users Click Here” button below, readers agree to abide by all the rules and procedures established by the Society.