Contact the Library
The Reader Services staff is available to answer questions about accessing MHS collections, preparing for a research visit, and other general reference needs. The staff can be reached during library hours by telephone or email. Please note that all reference queries are answered in the order they are received, and due to the large volume of queries we receive, it can take up to two weeks for a staff member to contact you with an initial response.
When submitting a reference question include your name and contact information, an explanation of your project or specific research interests, and a clear statement of your question(s). It is also helpful to inform the staff about sources you have previously consulted (institutions, books, collections, websites, etc.) when appropriate.
Please address your questions to:
Phone: (617) 646-0532
Fax: (617) 859-0074
Mail: Reference Librarian
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
If you require material from our offsite storage facility for an upcoming visit it is best to call 617-646-0532.