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Read what past presidents and others have said about their new job.
This online exhibition illustrates how cartoonists helped to tell the story of voting rights in the United States. View.
Highlighting Thomas Nast’s remarkable impact through a cartoon biography created by local artists. View online now.
Between the 1830s and 1860s, Americans began fighting over a curious topic: female foreheads. While feminists and phrenologists saw “high brows” as an ...
Revolutionary love and marriages in the Black Panther Party were powerful aspects of Black Power politics. This paper argues that Panthers viewed Black romantic love as ...
The Nile travel diaries of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews are an important yet underutilized resource for the so-called “Golden Age” of Egyptian archaeology in the late ...
View a selection of our favorite items from the MHS collection.
Browse a list of our digital collections or limit your search by topic, format, or time period.
The Adams Family Papers consist of the writings of two presidents—John Adams and John Quincy Adams—and their families. View documents and transcriptions, biographies, a timeline, and more.
The Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, containing almost 9,000 pages of correspondence, personal manuscript volumes, and more than 400 architectural drawings, is the largest gathering of the personal papers of our third president.
Comprised of manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, graphics, newspapers, works of art, and artifacts, MHS collections are unparalleled in their importance for the study of American history.
Gavin W. Kleespies, Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships While we certainly miss seeing our Members and loyal program attendees, there are some advantages to holding ...
By Susan Martin, Senior Processing Archivist This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on the Jarrett family letters at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Click ...
By Sara Georgini, Series Editor, The Papers of John Adams He came home in a whirlwind. His “little bark…oversett in a Squal of Thunder and Lightening and hail attended with a Strong ...
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