Visiting the Library

The Massachusetts Historical Society's library operates differently from most public or university libraries. While we strive to provide researchers with access to all our collections, our primary concern must be to preserve our unique materials, and for that reason we enforce strict security protocols. The pages in this section—What to Expect, What to Bring, and How to Prepare--will help you become familiar with our policies and procedures.

Library Hours

The MHS Library is currently closed until further notice.  Our Reader Services team is working remotely and is available to assist you.  Please visit our Reference Services During Covid-19 page or our Virtual Reference and Chat Services page for more information about the resources available to all researchers during this time.

 

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Upcoming Events

Online Event; Author Talk

The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America

30Nov 5:30PM 2020
This is an online program

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. Prof. Jennifer Van Horn investigates these diverse ...

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar; Online Event

Caribbean Connections – Panel Discussion

1Dec 5:15PM 2020
This is an online program

This panel brings together the work of two historians investigating the Caribbean. Casey Schmitt’s paper explores the intersection of warfare and human trafficking ...

African American History Seminar; Online Event

Emancipation In America, Seen Through One Man's Dreadlocks

3Dec 5:15PM 2020
This is an online program

1864. A ship leaves its New England port carrying a USCT regiment to fight Confederates on the Louisiana front. But on the way, a showdown takes place when Pvt. John ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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