Visiting the Library

The Massachusetts Historical Society's library operates differently from most public or university libraries. While we strive to provide researchers with access to all our collections, our primary concern must be to preserve our unique materials, and for that reason we enforce strict security protocols. The pages in this section—What to Expect, What to Bring, and How to Prepare--will help you become familiar with our policies and procedures.

Library Hours

The MHS Library is currently closed until further notice.  Our Reader Services team is working remotely and is available to assist you.  Please visit our Reference Services During Covid-19 page or our Virtual Reference and Chat Services page for more information about the resources available to all researchers during this time.

 

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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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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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