Microforms

The MHS holds more than 700 microfilm sets, including material from more than 400 of our own manuscript collections; editions of manuscript collections owned by other libraries that complement our collections; and early newspapers. Many of our microfilm collections are available for purchase and/or can be delivered via interlibrary loan.

Collections Available For Purchase

The commercial vendor ProQuest sells copies of 65 microfilm editions of MHS collections. You can view a list of all available MHS collections on the ProQuest website. To order copies, contact ProQuest directly at 800-521-0600 or via its webform. Materials from MHS collections sold by ProQuest may be purchased by individual reel.

To inquire about ordering MHS microfilms not sold by ProQuest, contact the library at 617-646-0532 or via email.

Collections Available for Interlibrary Loan

The MHS holds duplicate positive copies of more than 100 collections filmed by the Society.

The MHS will lend entire small film sets or portions of large film sets for 30-day periods when these are available. To make an interlibrary loan request or to check for collection availability, please contact our Senior Cataloger at 617-646-0504 or via email.

Requesting Reproductions

When microfilm collections cannot be either purchased or loaned, it may be possible to obtain reproductions of portions of microfilm collections from the Reader Services staff.  For more information about this service, see Reference Reproductions.

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Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

3Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE Picturing Political Power offers a comprehensive analysis of the connection between images, gender, and power. This examination of the fights that led to ...

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Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America

5Jun 2:00PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE After humble beginnings as faltering British colonies, the United States acquired astonishing wealth and power as the result of modernization. Originating ...

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Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading

11Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. ...

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