The Massachusetts Historical Society began publishing books in 1792 and is one of the oldest, continually operating publishers in the United States. The categories below provide an overview of the work made available by the MHS, including printed books, electronic publications, and a newsletter and scholarly journal.
The MHS Publishes
As part of its mission, the MHS maintains its own publishing program and hosts the offices of the Adams Papers Editorial Project. Follow the links below to find more information about these resources.
The MHS publishes works that provide information about and make available the content of some of its most significant collections and the people who created them.
Featured Publication (October 2013)
The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections
By Gerald W. R. Ward. Foreword by Dennis Fiori.
The Cabinetmaker and the Carver provides an opportunity to see a carefully selected group of significant examples of Boston furniture representing the trajectory of the city's great tradition of furniture making. Presented in close to 100 full-color illustrations, these objects illustrate many of the local characteristics that distinguish Boston work from that of other cities; they also open a window on Bostonians’ tastes and preferences. Created by many of the city’s most talented cabinetmakers, carvers, turners, and other craftsmen, nearly all of this furniture is drawn from distinguished local collections, providing a rare public glimpse of these privately held treasures.
Read more about The Cabinetmaker and the Carver.
64 pages, 80 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press
Order from Amazon.$30 Paperback (2013) ISBN: 978-1-936520-06-0
The Adams Papers project was founded in 1954 to prepare a comprehensive published edition of the manuscripts written and received by the family of John Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Historical Review (annual journal)
Available in print or digital format, the Massachusetts Historical Review (MHR) publishes essays, photo-essays, historical documents, and review articles each autumn. Every issue offers pieces rich in narrative grace and thoughtful analysis, prepared for all readers interested in the history of the Commonwealth, from its settlement to the 21st century.
MHS Miscellany (newsletter)
The MHS issues the Miscellany, its newsletter, twice a year, and distributes it to the Society's Members and Fellows. Find out more.