Contact the Library

The Reader Services staff is available to answer questions about accessing MHS collections, preparing for a research visit, and other general reference needs. The staff can be reached during library hours by telephone or email. Please note that all reference queries are answered in the order they are received, and due to the large volume of queries we receive, it can take up to two weeks for a staff member to contact you with an initial response.

When submitting a reference question include your name and contact information, an explanation of your project or specific research interests, and a clear statement of your question(s). It is also helpful to inform the staff about sources you have previously consulted (institutions, books, collections, websites, etc.) when appropriate. 

Please address your questions to:

E-mail: library@masshist.org
Phone: (617) 646-0532
Fax: (617) 859-0074

Mail: Reference Librarian
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

 

If you require material from our offsite storage facility for an upcoming visit it is best to call 617-646-0532.

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Animal City: The Domestication of America

27Jan 6:00PM 2020
There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

American cities were once full of animal life: cattle driven through city streets; pigs feeding on trash in public alleys and basements; cows crammed into urban feedlots; ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Genetown: The Urbanization of the Boston Area Biotechnology Industry

28Jan 5:15PM 2020

Today, the Boston area hosts the densest cluster of biotechnology firms anywhere in the world. Yet in the 1980s, the rapid concentration of the industry within ...

Conversation

Historical Perspectives on Today’s World: Our Nation's Founders and Today's Political Challenges

30Jan 6:00PM 2020
This program will be held at the Edward M. ...

Our Founding Fathers were progressive for their time in establishing a new nation. Many of them grappled with the same issues that we face today, including political ...

From our Blog

This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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