The Massachusetts Historical Society is one of the nation’s most respected research libraries. Our extraordinary collections provide an unparalleled record of American history and are enjoyed by scholars and the public alike.
The MHS possesses a remarkable assembly of personal papers of three presidents, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The collections also contain accounts of the lives of thousands of ordinary Americans.
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The collections are available to all in person, online, and through exhibitions and programs. Learn more about doing research at the MHS.
Use these tools to view highlights, digital collections, and other online resources.
Browse a selection of objects from the Society's vast collection showcasing a range of items—from iconic treasures to quirky historical artifacts. You can limit your search by topic or format.
Browse web presentations by subject, era, or medium, or see a list of all of our online resources.