Jane Aitken (1764-1832) is a significant historical figure for several reasons. One of the first American female printers, Jane Aitken was also a bookseller, bookbinder, businesswoman, and employer during the early nineteenth century, a time when the independence of women was actively discouraged. There is a dearth of personal information about Jane Aitken, an unfortunate fact that is reflected in her surviving papers. This small collection, 145 items, is representative of her severely compromised financial situation and her constant failed efforts to rectify the situation. Her correspondence consists primarily of appeals to John Vaughan, a member and librarian of the American Philosophical Society, for loans. Vaughan was evidently a reliable and sympathetic supporter.
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Aitken, Jane, 1764-1832 | Aitken, Robert | American Philosophical Society | Bookbinding | Business Records and Accounts | Business and Skilled Trades | Finance, Personal | Philadelphia History | Printers -- Pennsylvania -- History | Printing -- Pennsylvania -- History | Printing and Publishing | Women Printers | Women's History