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Massachusetts Historical Society Gets Federal Grants to Fund Adams Papers Projects

BOSTON-June 29, 2009--The Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society, has recently received two major grants from the federal government to continue its ongoing work of publishing the papers of John and Abigail Adams and their extended family, in book and digital format. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded the project a $162,550 grant, while the National Endowment for the Humanities is providing a $450,000 grant ($200,000 outright, $250,000 matching). The money will be used to publish two books, The Papers of John Adams, vol. 15, and Adams Family Correspondence, vol. 10, as well as continue work on three other volumes. It will also allow the Historical Society to add four more volumes to its Founding Families Digital Edition website, which currently provides electronic access to 38 volumes in the award-winning Adams Papers series (see

The Massachusetts Historical Society owns the Adams Family Papers, one of the largest and most important collections of family papers in the United States, and has hosted the Adams Papers project since the project’s inception in 1954.

The Historical Society is an independent research library that collects, preserves, makes accessible, and communicates manuscripts and other materials in order to promote the study of the history of Massachusetts and the nation—a mission it has pursued since 1791.


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Massachusetts Historical Society          
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