MHS Collections

The first seventy-nine volumes of the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1792-1939) have been digitized and made available full text at the Internet Archive. Below are links to each volume. Each volume has a table of contents and every tenth volume contains a cumulative index. The volumes containing an index are marked in the list below.

If you would prefer to browse a PDF document containing the tables of contents for each volume in Series One through Series Seven, click on the link provided below each series heading below.

Series One

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Series Two

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Series Three

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Series Four

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Series Five

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  • Volume 1 (1871)
  • Volume 2 - Belknap Papers Part I (1877)
  • Volume 3 - Belknap Papers Part II (1877)
  • Volume 4 - Heath Papers, Winthrop Papers, Warren Papers (1878)
  • Volume 5 - Sewall Papers Vol. I - 1674, 1700 (1878)
  • Volume 6 - Sewall Papers Vol. II, 1699-1700-1714 (1879)
  • Volume 7 - Sewall Papers Vol. III (1882)
  • Volume 8 - Winthrop Papers Part IV (1882)
  • Volume 9 - Trumbull Papers (1885)
  • Volume 10 - Trumbull Papers Vol. II (1888)  - index to Ser. V, vols. 1-10

Series Six

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  • Volume 1 - Sewall's Letter-Book, Volume I (1886)
  • Volume 2 - Sewall's Letter-Book, Volume II (1886)
  • Volume 3 - Winthrop Papers, Part V (1889)
  • Volume 4 (1891)
  • Volume 5 - Winthrop Papers, Part VI (1892)
  • Volume 6 - Belcher Papers, Part I (1893)
  • Volume 7 - Belcher Papers, Part II (1894)
  • Volume 8 - Calendar of Pickering Papers (1896)
  • Volume 9 - Bowdoin Papers, Temple Papers (1897)
  • Volume 10 - Pepperrell Papers (1899)  - index to Ser. VI, vols. 1-10

Series Seven

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  • Volume 1 - Jefferson Papers (1900)
  • Volume 2 - Trumbull Papers Part III (1902)
  • Volume 3 - Trumbull Papers Part IV (1902)
  • Volume 4 - Heath Papers Part II (1904)
  • Volume 5 - Heath Papers Part III (1905)
  • Volume 6 - Bowdoin Papers, Temple Papers Part II (1907)
  • Volume 7 - Cotton Mather Diary Part I (1911)
  • Volume 8 - Cotton Mather Diary Part II (1912)
  • Volume 9 (1914)
  • Volume 10 (1915)  - index to Ser. VII, vols. 1-10

Numbered Volumes

After the Seventh series the MHS began numbering volumes sequentially (abandoning the "series" concept). Below are the numbered volumes currently available after Series Seven.

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