Publications

The Massachusetts Historical Society began publishing books in 1792 and is one of the oldest, continually operating publishers in the United States. The categories below provide an overview of the work made available by the MHS, including printed books, electronic publications, and a newsletter and scholarly journal.  

The MHS Publishes

As part of its mission, the MHS maintains its own publishing program and hosts the offices of the Adams Papers Editorial Project. Follow the links below to find more information about these resources.

Print and Digital Editions Published by the MHS

The MHS publishes works that provide information about and make available the content of some of its most significant collections and the people who created them.

Featured Publication (January 2016)

The Private Jefferson: Perspectives from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country coverWith essays by Peter S. Onuf, Andrea Wulf, and Henry Adams

One of U.S. history’s most eminent figures, Thomas Jefferson is as elusive as he is revered. The Private Jefferson opens a window onto the third president’s inner life by digging into the single largest cache of Thomas Jefferson’s private papers, held at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Generously illustrated with over 100 full-color reproductions of architectural drawings, letters, and other manuscripts.

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Adams Papers Editorial Project

The Adams Papers project was founded in 1954 to prepare a comprehensive published edition of the manuscripts written and received by the family of John Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts Historical Review (annual journal)

Available in print or digital format, the Massachusetts Historical Review (MHR) publishes essays, photo-essays, historical documents, and review articles each autumn. Every issue offers pieces rich in narrative grace and thoughtful analysis, prepared for all readers interested in the history of the Commonwealth, from its settlement to the 21st century.

MHS Miscellany (newsletter)

The MHS issues the Miscellany, its newsletter, twice a year, and distributes it to the Society's Members and Fellows. Find out more.

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court

26Feb 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

The three most important Supreme Court Justices before the Civil War Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger B. Taney and Associate Justice Joseph Story upheld the ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Panel Discussion: Capitalism and Culture

27Feb 5:15PM 2018

This panel examines the reaction against welfare state capitalism in the mid-20th century U.S., looking at two companies that promoted themselves as bastions of free ...

Special Event

Dinner with Dolley

1Mar 6:00PM 2018
This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving ...

MHS Fund Giving Circle members are invited to a festive evening with good food,fine wine, and lively conversation inspired by Dolley Madison. During dinner, MHS President ...

From our Blog

This Week @ MHS

Here is a look at events taking place at the Society in the week ahead as the calendar turns another page: - Monday, 26 February, 6:00PM : Starting things off this week is an author talk with Pual ...

“He has been the great landmark of my life”: CFA on JQA’s death ...

On a drizzly February morning in 1848, Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, walked into his Boston office. As he reached his desk, Adams noticed a telegraph that communicated that his ...

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