Microforms

The MHS holds more than 700 microfilm sets, including material from more than 400 of our own manuscript collections; editions of manuscript collections owned by other libraries that complement our collections; and early newspapers. Many of our microfilm collections are available for purchase and/or can be delivered via interlibrary loan.

Collections Available For Purchase

The commercial vendor ProQuest sells copies of 65 microfilm editions of MHS collections. You can view a list of all available MHS collections on the ProQuest website. To order copies, contact ProQuest directly at 800-521-0600 or via its webform. Materials from MHS collections sold by ProQuest may be purchased by individual reel.

To inquire about ordering MHS microfilms not sold by ProQuest, contact the library at 617-646-0532 or via email.

Collections Available for Interlibrary Loan

The MHS holds duplicate positive copies of more than 100 collections filmed by the Society.

The MHS will lend entire small film sets or portions of large film sets for 30-day periods when these are available. To make an interlibrary loan request or to check for collection availability, please contact our Senior Cataloger at 617-646-0504 or via email.

Requesting Reproductions

Researchers may also request low-resolution (reference reproduction) PDF scans from collections held in microform. For more information about this service, including cost and instructions for placing a request, see Reference Reproductions.

Upcoming Events

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar; Online Event

“Our Turn Next”: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789-99

6Oct 5:15PM 2020
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As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have seen hundreds of theatrical performances on themes related ...

Online Event; Conversation

Clean Water, Green Space, and Social Equity

7Oct 5:30PM 2020
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The chain of green spaces and waterways that comprise the Emerald Necklace park system is an invaluable urban oasis. Described as “the lungs of the city” this ...

History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar; Online Event

Queer Institutions – A Panel Discussion

8Oct 5:15PM 2020
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This panel discussion considers the queer histories of two modern institutions: colleges and prisons. Marc Stein explores how activists at more than twenty colleges went ...

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