The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America was founded in 1949 to promote interest in rare books and foster collegial relations. We maintain the highest standards in the trade; members must meet certain requirements in order to join, showing a minimum of four years in the business of selling books, maps, or prints, a knowledge of cataloguing, and a sound financial backing. All members agree to abide by the ABAA’s CODE OF ETHICS.
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & APPRAISALS
Many of our members assist institutions and individuals in building collections in all fields. Our Chapter Members can also facilitate the division, dissemination, or sale of libraries and collections large and small, and will travel to that end. Many of our Chapter Members offer appraisal services on single books or entire collections, including papers, documents, and archives. Appraisals may be used for tax, insurance, endowment or other purposes.
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund is a non-profit charity established by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America to benefit all antiquarian booksellers in time of personal need. The fund has responded generously to appeals since 1952. We solicit tax-deductable contributions to help in the effort.
The Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund was established in 1990 with a bequest from Former ABAA President Elisabeth Woodburn. The Woodburn Fund, which is overseen by the Trustees of the Benevolent Fund and the Executive Director of the ABAA, gives financial assistance for scholarly research and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade.