Massachusetts Historical Society

The MHS Publishes

The Massachusetts Historical Society has maintained its own publishing program since 1792 and hosts the Adams Papers Editorial Project.

Recent & Popular Publications

Fashioning the New England Family


Written by Kimberly S. Alexander. Foreword by Anne E. Bentley

Based on the exhibition of the same name presented at the Massachusetts Historical Society from October 2018 to April 2019, this companion volume features over one hundred full-color photographs of garments, textiles, and accessories, many of which had never been displayed for the public or seen in living memory. Read more about Fashioning the New England Family.

The Papers of Robert Treat Paine, Volume 4:1778-1786

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Edited by Edward W. Hanson

The fourth volume of this series encompasses Robert Treat Paine’s time as Massachusetts Attorney General. The documents in this volume highlight the quest for order in a nation gripped by violence and upheaval. 潘恩致力于改革和执行法律.

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The Future of History

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Based on the Future of History workshop convened at the MHS in September 2016, 本卷提出了14个简短的观点, all by workshop participants, that provide a broad overview of current challenges and opportunities--and where our engagement with those might take us in the coming years.

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The Winthrop Papers

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This Winthrop Papers Digital Edition presents the digitized content of the previously published volumes from the Winthrop Papers documentary edition, 马萨诸塞州历史学会的出版物. Researchers now have online access to the contents of volumes 1 through 4, comprising annotated transcriptions of Winthrop document composed primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries.


Charles Francis Adams, Sr.:内战日记(未经证实的抄本)

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This digital edition provides early access to Charles Francis Adams’s diaries from January 1861 through April 1865 as he served as minister to the Court of St. James’s—a post held in previous decades by his father and grandfather.

Previously published Adams Papers volumes, fully edited and annotated, appear here: Adams Papers Digital Edition.

The Private Jefferson: Perspectives from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

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With essays by Peter S. Onuf, Andrea Wulf, and Henry Adams

One of U.S. history’s most eminent figures, Thomas Jefferson is as elusive as he is revered. The Private Jefferson opens a window onto the third president’s inner life by digging into the single largest cache of Thomas Jefferson’s private papers, 在马萨诸塞州历史学会举行. Generously illustrated with over 100 full-color reproductions of architectural drawings, letters, and other manuscripts.

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224 pages, 137 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

平装本(2016)ISBN: 978-1-936520-09-1

$60.00精装本(2016)ISBN: 978-1-936520-08-4

来自战场的信件和照片: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall

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Edited by Margaret R. Higonnet with Susan Solomon

In August 1918, a Massachusetts-born woman named Margaret Hall boarded a transport ship in New York City that would take her across the Atlantic to work with the American Red Cross in France, just then gripped in devastating and seemingly interminable conflict with Germany. The year she spent near the Western Front was eye opening; careful not to let her experience slip away like a strange dream, 她在一系列信件中详尽地描述了这一点, journals, and nearly 300 photographs that she would weave into a powerful narrative when she returned stateside. That narrative, a manuscript in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is now published for the first time.

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256 pages, 83 b&w illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

35美元平装本(2014)ISBN: 978-1-936520-07-7

The Cabinetmaker & the Carver

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By Gerald W. R. Ward. Foreword by Dennis Fiori.

The Cabinetmaker and the Carver provides an opportunity to see a carefully selected group of significant examples of Boston furniture representing the trajectory of the city's great tradition of furniture making. 呈现在近100全彩插图, these objects illustrate many of the local characteristics that distinguish Boston work from that of other cities; they also open a window on Bostonians’ tastes and preferences. 由本市许多最有才华的橱柜匠人打造, carvers, turners, and other craftsmen, nearly all of this furniture is drawn from distinguished local collections, 让公众难得一窥这些私人珍藏.

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64 pages, 80 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

30美元平装本(2013)ISBN: 978-1-936520-06-0

In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

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By Sarah Nehama. Prefaces by Sarah Nehama and Anne E. Bentley.

A compendium developed to accompany and record the exhibition of the same title, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 功能全彩色照片的主要例子的戒指, bracelets, brooches, 还有其他17世纪的丧服首饰, 18th, and 19th centuries. The catalog, like the exhibition at the MHS, showcases the materials in the Society’s collection and that of Sarah Nehama, a jeweler and private collector who co-curated the event at the MHS. 这些优雅而令人回味的物品在语境中呈现, 包括对历史的书面解释, use, and meaning of the jewelry, 以及相关的物质文化, such as broadsides, photographs, portraits, funeral medals, and trade cards. The jewelry included will illustrate some of the most exemplary types, from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. Read more.

128 pages, 110 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

平装本(2012)ISBN: 978-1-936520-03-9

Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839

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By Ellen Wayles Coolidge. Edited by Ann Lucas Birle and Lisa A. Francavilla

Ellen Wayles Coolidge arrived in London in June 1838 at the advent of Queen Victoria's reign—the citizens were still celebrating the coronation. During her nine-month stay, Coolidge kept a diary that reveals the uncommon education of her youth, when she lived and studied at Monticello with her grandfather Thomas Jefferson. This volume brings the full text of her diary to publication for the first time, opening up her text for today's readers with carefully researched annotations that provide the historical context. Read more

464 pages, 22 color and 13 b&w illustrations and 2 maps
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$45.00精装本(2011)ISBN: 978-1-936520-02-2

Adams Papers Digital Edition


The Adams Papers Digital Edition 提供免费在线访问数十卷出版的 Adams Papers Editorial Project. This digital edition includes all text of the historical documents, all editorial text, and a single consolidated index.



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Text by Judith S. Graham, Margaret A. Hogan, Ondine Le Blanc, Gregg L. Lint, and C. James Taylor

几乎每一页都有全彩插图, this volume showcases Adams-related manuscripts from the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The selections are grouped in four chapters—including one on John and Abigail's famous correspondence and another highlighting John's contributions to the Revolution—and each chapter provides short explanations of historical context. Read more

42 pages, 75 color illustrations

$20.00平装本(2008)ISBN: 978-0-934909-92-1


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By Henry Adams. 爱德华·查尔方特和康拉德·艾迪克·赖特编辑

Both a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and at the head of the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century, The Education of Henry Adams 一直被尊为伟大的文学作品吗. With 亨利·亚当斯的教育:百年版本, editors Edward Chalfant and Conrad Edick Wright have at long last returned this celebrated book to the author's vision. Read more

542 pages
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$34.95精装本(2007)ISBN: 978-0-934909-91-4
$19.95平装本(2008)ISBN: 978-0-934909-93-8

我们为自由而战:马萨诸塞州,非裔美国人 & the Civil War

唐纳德·亚科沃内著,詹姆斯·奥巴马(James O. Horton

This excellent introduction to the contribution of African Americans to the Union effort also showcases remarkable visual materials from African American history in general. The book highlights the efforts of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment—the regiment featured in the film Glory—by drawing on a rich collection of relevant papers and unique photographs in the Society's archives.

36 pages, 56 illustrations
$10.00 Paperback (2022, 2nd rev. ed.) ISBN: 978-0-934909-66-2

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Works Published by the MHS

Massachusetts Historical Review

The Society’s annual journal, featuring scholarship about Massachusetts history.

Published Collections

Books built on the collections of the MHS, including two long-standing series: Collections of the MHS and Winthrop Papers. These volumes present the content of the Society's holdings with gold-standard transcriptions and helpful annotations.

Sibley's Harvard Graduates

A key reference source for biographical information about the students who attended Harvard College in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Printed Catalogs & Pictorial Essays

Useful resources presenting information about different kinds of collections--print and visual arts--held by the MHS.

Biographies & Other Monographs

Paperback and hardcover publications illuminating selected topics related to MHS collections, 由该领域的专家编写.

Essay Collections

Essay anthologies presenting a selection of critical perspectives on topics central to the study of American history.


The precursor to the MHR, featuring scholarly essays, MHS藏品的复制品, 以及协会会议报告(1860-1997).

To Order

While most of the Society’s publications can be found for sale at any online bookseller, and many are distributed by the University of Virginia Press, others have to be ordered directly from the MHS, as indicated by the listing for each title. For more information on items available only through the MHS, please send an inquiry to the Publications Department.

To Submit a Proposal

Please view the Society's 出版物政策和提案指南 before sending in a submission. Proposals will be evaluated by the MHS Publications Department and Publications Committee. Contact the Publications Department with any questions. 

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For questions about accessibility and availability of collections related to your topic, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.

The fellowship process is competitive. Awards will be made on the strength of 1) proposed topic of research; 2) how this research will address an area of need in the applicant’s teaching 3) the plan for using MHS collections; 4) usability of the proposed research in other classrooms; 5) recommendations; 6) the sample classroom materials.

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