Newspapers

The Newspaper Collection contains 300 titles, ranging from single issues of American and foreign newspapers to extensive runs of early Boston and Massachusetts papers through the mid-19th century. The MHS holds unique copies of many early Boston newspapers, such as the Boston News-Letter (1704-1776), the first continuously published American paper, and James Franklin's New-England Courant (1721-1727), which includes Benjamin Franklin's first appearance in print. The MHS also holds a complete run of the Liberator (1831-1865), William Lloyd Garrison's antislavery newspaper.

How to Find Newspapers

Records for all newspapers held by the MHS are available in ABIGAIL.

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

19Nov 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”&mdash ...

postponed Brown Bag

The American Debates over the China Relief Expedition of 1900

21Nov 12:00PM 2018

This talk examines the American debates over the country’s participation in the eight-nation alliance to relieve the Chinese Boxers’ siege of internationals ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

In Search of the Costs of Segregation

27Nov 5:15PM 2018

Historians generally treat Jim Crow as a legal, political, and cultural system shaping where African Americans went, whether they voted, and how they acted. Yet it was ...

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Women at Sea: Ann Johnson and Abbie Clifford

In 1849, the ship Lanerk sailed from Boston to California as part of the Gold Rush. On the ship was a clergyman named Truman Ripley Hawley, and the MHS recently acquired a transcript of his diary of ...

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, November 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here: January | February  ...

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