Research Fellowships and Programs

As a nationally-recognized center for historical research, the Massachusetts Historical Society fosters a strong sense of community and actively supports scholarship on the history of Massachusetts and the nation.

The Range of Our Activities

The breadth and depth of the MHS collections are an inspiration to researchers, and this is reflected in scholarly programs. Some programs reach beyond the familiar strengths of our collections to build on holdings in 20th century political or environmental history, for example. Other programs help us to develop a deeper understanding of Massachusetts or national history by representing topics beyond the scope of our repository.

Our Relationship with the Profession

MHS staff and colleagues at local universities work together to develop a wide range of MHS programs. Faculty members from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and many other academic institutions serve on program committees and actively participate in seminars and conferences.

What We Offer

All of our programs are designed to meet the needs of scholars at every level of their career, from graduate students to new faculty and tenured professors, as well as public historians and independent researchers. These programs include:

Fellowships to support research visits to the MHS library and collaborating institutions

Seminars and brown-bag lunches where scholars can present their research, network, and learn what others are doing

Conferences where they can explore topics in-depth

A Research Fellows Alumni Network through which fellowship recipients can maintain an ongoing relationship with the MHS

The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize to recognize excellence in historical scholarship on Massachusetts.

Every year, hundreds of scholars from throughout the country take part in these and other programs, including the annual Graduate Student Reception in September. We invite you to take advantage of the services that we have developed to meet your specific needs.

Upcoming Events

The Irish Atlantic

The Mission of the Jamestown

27Mar 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

The Irish Atlantic Series As news of the Irish Famine made its way across the Atlantic, the citizens of Boston rallied to help. In 1847, a relief mission was organized ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar; The Irish Atlantic

Moving News, Affecting Relief: The Irish Famine’s Trans-Atlantic Circulations

28Mar 5:15PM 2017

The ships that carried Irish famine victims across the Atlantic also carried tragic accounts of those left behind; in response, North Americans sent millions of dollars ...

Brown Bag

An Actor’s Tale: Theater, Culture, and Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century U.S. America

29Mar 12:00PM 2017

Hughes will discuss her monograph-in-progress, inspired by the diary of U.S. actor Harry Watkins (1825-1894). In “An Actor’s Tale,” she deploys ...

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This Week @ MHS

Even though March is on its way out, it seems bent on imposing its will. Escape the late-winter bluster in the week ahead with some history: - Monday, 27 March, 6:00PM : First up this week is a ...

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, March 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here: Introduction | January | February All but the last page of March 1917 is sliced out of the diary; ...

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