Use Permission

The MHS welcomes use of materials from our collection in publications, exhibitions, presentations, film and video projects, websites, and other works. The library offers two types of use permission:

Permission to cite and quote from unpublished materials -- service details

Permission to reproduce images of materials -- service details and fee scale

All requests should be made through Portal1791. Use ABIGAIL, the collection guides, or online resources to locate the item or items you wish to license and submit a separate request for each item. Contact the reference librarian if you have further questions.

Upcoming Events

Destination: Boston – Immigration and Migration, 1820-1920

9Dec 6:00PM 2019
Light refreshments will be served following ...

From 1820 to 1920, Boston grew by leaps and bounds through an intensive (and often contentious) process of immigration and migration that ultimately created the modern ...

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar

Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government

10Dec 5:15PM 2019

This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth ...

Author Talk

At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives

11Dec 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling ...

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Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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