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

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
This is an online program

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
This is an online program

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
This is an online program

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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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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