Our Nation's Stories

The Massachusetts Historical Society holds hundreds of thousands of documents in collections spanning our nation's history.

In these letters and diaries our predecessors chronicled their lives and shared their hopes, dreams, struggles and triumphs with one another.

There is every probability of a battle being fought within a few days, and nobody has any doubt about the result.Lt. Charles F. Morse, from the Charles F. Morse papers Last night the Grenadiers & Light Companies ... had a Skirmish with some Country People at LexingtonJohn Rowe, from the John Rowe diaries

Important Perspectives

Family Community Beliefs Actions Decisions

The authors’ distinct voices and personalities describe events and address concerns that are still of interest today.

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"I really enjoy reading through the pages. It’s like she’s talking to you. It made me feel like I was connecting to her." Angela Tillapaugh, on the Sarah Gooll Putnam diaries

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