Newspapers

The Newspaper Collection contains 300 titles, ranging from single issues of American and foreign newspapers to extensive runs of early Boston and Massachusetts papers through the mid-19th century. The MHS holds unique copies of many early Boston newspapers, such as the Boston News-Letter (1704-1776), the first continuously published American paper, and James Franklin's New-England Courant (1721-1727), which includes Benjamin Franklin's first appearance in print. The MHS also holds a complete run of the Liberator (1831-1865), William Lloyd Garrison's antislavery newspaper.

How to Find Newspapers

Records for all newspapers held by the MHS are available in ABIGAIL.

Upcoming Events

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

26Aug 10:00AM 2017

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

Brown Bag

The Liberator’s Legacy: Memory, Abolitionism, and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1865-1965

6Sep 12:00PM 2017

The Liberator’s Legacy explores popular memory of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and their fellow abolitionists in the decades following the Civil ...

Author Talk

The Selected Letters of John Kenneth Galbraith

13Sep 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

In his long, cosmopolitan life, Galbraith wrote thousands of letters. Richard P. F. Holt has selected the most important of these and made them available in print for ...

From our Blog

“Look out for boms”: The Trial and Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti at Charlestown State Prison. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and anarchists convicted for killing ...

Descriptions of Eclipses: "Every body was looking and little was done"

On Monday, 21 August 2017, a solar eclipse will occur!  Many people in Boston are looking forward to 2:46 pm when they will (weather permitting!) experience what  it is like when the sun is ...

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