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A Research Guide: From the Secondary Source to the Primary Source

Resources Published by the Massachusetts Historical Society

Indexes:

Diaries at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society, like many other libraries, creates internal subject guides (or finding aids), like the MHS Diary Index, to help researchers locate materials related to their research. The unpublished diary database at the MHS has indexes arranged alphabetically by name, chronologically by year, and by occupation. It also contains an index of women's diaries. The drawback to this source is that, at present, the only place you can consult the diary index is in the MHS library.

Proceedings and Collections:

Proceedings and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

If you are doing research about the Battle of Bunker Hill, you will probably come across references to the Massachusetts Historical Society's Proceedings and Collections. These are published volumes and are available in libraries throughout the country. The Proceedings record the activities of the Society and include essays on a variety of subjects. The Collections contain published primary source documents of interest, as well as scholarly essays on various topics.

Catalogs:

Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society
Witness to America's Past
-- Exhibit Catalog

Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society and Witness to America's Past will be helpful if you are looking for visual representation of items from the collections of the MHS. These sources are available in libraries throughout the country.

 
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