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

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Interreligious Responses to the Settlement House Movement, 1880-1924

25Apr 5:15PM 2017

By 1913, over 400 settlement houses catered to immigrants and laborers across the United States. This paper analyzes how Catholic and Jewish immigrant communities in New ...

Author Talk

John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary

26Apr 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

In the final years of his political career, President John Quincy Adams was known for his objections to slavery. As a young statesman, however, he supported slavery. What ...

Cooking Boston

Cooking Boston: Eating Other People's Food

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

Program 2: Eating Other People's FoodIn the second half of the 20th century, Americans were re-introduced to the food of the world. Most famously, Julia Child in ...

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