Virtual Reference and Chat Services

Welcome to the MHS Virtual Reference page! During our current building closure we want to make our reference staff available to you in real time. Librarians are available for live meetings by appointment via Zoom, or you can live chat with a member of the reference staff. Please remember that while we do not have physical access to our collections, the help we can offer may be limited.

Virtual Meetings

The Library Reader Services team is utilizing Zoom to conduct virtual one-on-one meetings with researchers. This option allows you to see and speak with a member of our reference staff and to present your research questions in-person, rather than via e-mail or voicemail.

If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment with a librarian, please e-mail library@masshist.org and a staff member will coordinate with you to find a convenient time.

Live Chat

Another way to communicate with the MHS library staff is to conduct a live chat session with a librarian. To initiate a live chat session with a librarian, just click the "Ask a Librarian" button below. Your chat box will open in a new tab and the first available librarian will respond.* The service is available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday,10:00AM-4:00PM, on Tuesday, 1:00PM-7:00PM, and on Friday, 10:00AM-1:00PM (all times Eastern). Chat is unavailable on holidays when the library is closed.

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*If the system says that we are "Busy" then it means we are currently handling as many chats as we can at one time. Please check back in a little while and try again. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Online Event; Seminar; History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar

High Brow, Low Brow: Phrenology, Fashion, and Female Activism in the Nineteenth Century

19Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

Between the 1830s and 1860s, Americans began fighting over a curious topic: female foreheads. While feminists and phrenologists saw “high brows” as an ...

Seminar; African American History Seminar; Online Event

Revolutionary Weddings: Marriage in the Black Panther Party

21Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

Revolutionary love and marriages in the Black Panther Party were powerful aspects of Black Power politics. This paper argues that Panthers viewed Black romantic love as ...

Seminar; Digital History Seminar; Online Event

Excavating Egyptology: The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project

26Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

The Nile travel diaries of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews are an important yet underutilized resource for the so-called “Golden Age” of Egyptian archaeology in the late ...

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