Microforms

The MHS holds over 700 microfilm sets, including material from more than 400 of our own manuscript collections, microfilm editions of manuscript collections owned by other libraries which complement our own manuscript collections, and a large number of early newspapers on microfilm. One of the advantages of microfilm collections is that many of them can be purchased and/or interlibrary loaned. 

Collections Available For Purchase

The commercial vendor ProQuest sells copies of 65 microfilm editions of MHS manuscript and research collections. You can view a list of all available MHS collections on their website. To order copies of these microfilms, contact ProQuest directly at 800-521-0600 ext. 72873, or via their webform. Materials from MHS collections sold by ProQuest may be purchased by individual reel.

To inquire about ordering MHS microfilms not sold by ProQuest, contact the library at 617-646-0571 or via email.

Collections Available for Interlibrary Loan

The MHS holds duplicate positive copies of more than 100 collections filmed by the Society. When available, the MHS will loan entire small film sets or portions of large film sets for 30-day periods. To make an interlibrary loan request or to check for collection availability please contact our Senior Cataloger at 617-646-0504 or via email.

Requesting Reproductions

When microfilm collections cannot be either purchased or loaned, it may be possible to obtain reproductions of portions of microfilm collections from the Reader Services Staff.  For more information about this service see Reference Reproductions

Upcoming Events

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar; The Irish Atlantic

Moving News, Affecting Relief: The Irish Famine’s Trans-Atlantic Circulations

28Mar 5:15PM 2017

The ships that carried Irish famine victims across the Atlantic also carried tragic accounts of those left behind; in response, North Americans sent millions of dollars ...

Brown Bag

An Actor’s Tale: Theater, Culture, and Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century U.S. America

29Mar 12:00PM 2017

Hughes will discuss her monograph-in-progress, inspired by the diary of U.S. actor Harry Watkins (1825-1894). In “An Actor’s Tale,” she deploys ...

Author Talk; Politics of Taste

Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America

29Mar 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

Even as eighteenth-century thinkers from John Locke to Thomas Jefferson struggled to find effective means to restrain power, contemporary discussions of society gave ...

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This Week @ MHS

Even though March is on its way out, it seems bent on imposing its will. Escape the late-winter bluster in the week ahead with some history: - Monday, 27 March, 6:00PM : First up this week is a ...

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, March 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here: Introduction | January | February All but the last page of March 1917 is sliced out of the diary; ...

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