The American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces

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Title

The American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces

Publisher

Mathew Carey

Date

September 1788

Coverage

Philadelphia

Subject

Volume 7, number 7

Description

Mathew Carey left Columbian to begin American Museum in January 1787. Like its rival, it had quality literary and nonfiction content. Illustration was sparse but included Benjamin Franklin's map of the Gulf Stream. Lasting for twelve productive six-month volumes, its greatest strength was as a repository of political documents including, in the appendix of this issue, the only contemporary magazine iteration of what was eventually to become the Bill of Rights (ratified in December 1791).