The MHS holds over 700 microfilm sets, including material from more than 400 of our own manuscript collections, microfilm editions of manuscript collections owned by other libraries which complement our own manuscript collections, and a large number of early newspapers on microfilm. One of the advantages of microfilm collections is that many of them can be purchased and/or interlibrary loaned. 

Collections Available For Purchase

The commercial vendor ProQuest sells copies of 65 microfilm editions of MHS manuscript and research collections. You can view a list of all available MHS collections on their website. To order copies of these microfilms, contact ProQuest directly at 800-521-0600 ext. 72873, or via their 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 617-646-0571 or via email.

Collections Available for Interlibrary Loan

The MHS holds duplicate positive copies of more than 100 collections filmed by the Society. When available, the MHS will loan entire small film sets or portions of large film sets for 30-day periods. 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

Upcoming Events

canceled History of Women and Gender Seminar

On Fantasy

20Mar 5:30PM 2018
Location: Fay House, Radcliffe Institute

This program is canceled due to illness. This paper argues that fantasies of racial and gendered mastery—seen in law, racial performance, and sexual violence&mdash ...

Author Talk

People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New Movement for City Making

20Mar 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In 1948, inspired by changes to federal law, Massachusetts officials started to plan highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston. But when officials began ...

Brown Bag

From Corporate Charter to Modern Constitution: Massachusetts Transformations

21Mar 12:00PM 2018

The U.S. Constitution is not a “social contract,” but a popularly issued corporate charter.  America’s constitutional innovations&mdash ...

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This Week @ MHS

It is the middle of the month and it appears that the lion of March is not making way for the lamb. Below is the round-up of events in the week to come, just be sure to keep an eye on our website to ...

Welcome to Our 2018-2019 MHS-NEH Fellows!

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s Research Department is pleased to announce our two 2018-2019 MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellows, Mara Caden and Brent Sirota. Mara Caden will be researching the ...

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