Newspapers

The Newspaper Collection contains 300 titles, ranging from single issues of American and foreign newspapers to extensive runs of early Boston and Massachusetts papers through the mid-19th century. The MHS holds unique copies of many early Boston newspapers, such as the Boston News-Letter (1704-1776), the first continuously published American paper, and James Franklin's New-England Courant (1721-1727), which includes Benjamin Franklin's first appearance in print. The MHS also holds a complete run of the Liberator (1831-1865), William Lloyd Garrison's antislavery newspaper.

How to Find Newspapers

Records for all newspapers held by the MHS are available in ABIGAIL.

Upcoming Events

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar

POSTPONED: “Our Turn Next”: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789-99

7Apr 5:15PM 2020

As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have seen hundreds of theatrical performances on themes related to race ...

Environmental History Seminar

POSTPONED: “Contrary to the Rules and Maxims of the Law and Nation”: The Destruction of Colonial ...

9Apr 5:15PM 2020

Long before industrialization, New Englanders dammed their rivers. The dams that powered saw and grist mills saved farmers days of backbreaking labor, but they also ...

Author Talk; Online Event

Virtual Book Talk: When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War

10Apr 2:00PM 2020
This is an online event

In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because there was a Republican Party. There was a Republican Party because ...

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