Virtual Reference and Chat Services

Welcome to the MHS Virtual Reference page! During our current building closure we want to make our reference staff available to you in real time. Librarians are available for live meetings by appointment via Zoom, or you can live chat with a member of the reference staff. Please remember that while we do not have physical access to our collections, the help we can offer may be limited.

Virtual Meetings

The Library Reader Services team is utilizing Zoom to conduct virtual one-on-one meetings with researchers. This option allows you to see and speak with a member of our reference staff and to present your research questions in-person, rather than via e-mail or voicemail.

If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment with a librarian, please e-mail library@masshist.org and a staff member will coordinate with you to find a convenient time.

Live Chat

Another way to communicate with the MHS library staff is to conduct a live chat session with a librarian. To initiate a live chat session with a librarian, just click the "Ask a Librarian" button below. Your chat box will open in a new tab and the first available librarian will respond.* The service is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and on Tuesday, 1:00PM-7:00PM, except on holidays when the library is closed.

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*If the system says that we are "Busy" then it means we are currently handling as many chats as we can at one time. Please check back in a little while and try again. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Author Talk; Online Event

The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Making of the Cold War

21Sep 5:30PM 2020
This is an online program

A key figure in American foreign policy for three decades, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts, a well-heeled Eastern Establishment Republican, put duty over ...

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar; Online Event

“The Horrid Deeds of our Enemies”

22Sep 5:15PM 2020
This is an online program

The American Revolution was waged not only on the battlefield, but in the realm of culture. American homes and the wartime violence within them—particularly ...

Online Event; Author Talk

Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

23Sep 5:30PM 2020
This is an online program

Daniel Chester French is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments, having created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, the John Harvard statue, and The Minute ...

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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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