President Catherine Allgor and Librarian Peter Drummey spoke about the Boston Massacre on WGBH. Listen
Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. Documents and artifacts will explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.
This photograph depicts Opal Whiteley in the process of reassembling her diary that had been ripped into thousands of pieces by a "jealous foster sister." Read more
As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. More about the MHS
As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to ...
Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s ...
Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.
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The Adams Family Papers consist of the writings of two presidents—John Adams and John Quincy Adams—and their families. View documents and transcriptions, biographies, a timeline, and more.
The Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, containing almost 9,000 pages of correspondence, personal manuscript volumes, and more than 400 architectural drawings, is the largest gathering of the personal papers of our third president.
Comprised of manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, graphics, newspapers, works of art, and artifacts, MHS collections are unparalleled in their importance for the study of American history.
by Susan Martin, Processing Archivist & EAD Coordinator Today (20 November) marks the 199th anniversary of a tragic day for the whaling ship Essex. The Essex had sailed ...
It's a busy week at the MHS. Here is a look at what is planned: On Monday, ...
by Molly Laas, MHS Short Term Fellow an dACLS/Mellon Public Fellow & Editor at Data & Society One of the least exciting archival holdings I was set to check out at the Massachusetts ...
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