Americana



(often used with a plural verb) books, papers, maps, etc., relating to , especially to its history, culture, and geography.
(used with a singular verb) a collection of such materials.
Contemporary Examples

His friend has dropped hat and cane in shock but the drawing shows stuff that an Americana collector nowadays would kill for.
The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians Anthony Haden-Guest November 1, 2014

And yet that just contributed to the local lore of the state as a repository for rugged Americana.
Heroin Threatens Vermont’s Rural Paradise Matt Taylor February 18, 2014

That very range of Americana in the flesh is an example of the epic powers of attraction had by boxing.
Bloody Brilliant Stanley Crouch April 23, 2009

Her self-produced videos as Grant—a pastiche of nostalgic Americana imagery—were remarkably similar to that of “Video Games.”
Lana Del Rey’s Hipster Problem: Plastic Surgery, ‘SNL,’ and Her Past as Lizzy Grant Tricia Romano January 30, 2012

Elements of Americana have already made a resurgence in fashion.
Swing State Style Renata Espinosa November 11, 2008

Historical Examples

The North American M. Americana is closely allied to the pine-marten and Asiatic sable.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7 Various

The maguey—the Agave Americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.
Mexico Charles Reginald Enock

The latter are usually constructed from the tough fibre of the Agave Americana and consist of one or more cables.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10 Various

A noteworthy addition to the subject of Americana in its largest sense.
Mount Rainier Various

One of the Therididæ which has the same protection is Ulesanis Americana (Fig. 3).
A Book of Natural History Various

plural noun
objects, such as books, documents, relics, etc, relating to America, esp in the form of a collection
all forms of traditional music indigenous to America, and their modern variants

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