A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.

Resources for Students

Getting Started 

Visit the National History Day website to learn more about this year’s theme and the different types of projects you can create!

Participate in Massachusetts History Day

Learn more about the competition process, as well as important contest dates, at the Massachusetts History Day website.

Explore our Online Collections

Review these online resources, which provide sets of digitized manuscripts, printed items, photographs, and artifacts that have been organized around a common topic, such as the American Revolution, the letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams, Massachusetts and the Civil War, or women who volunteered for the Red Cross during World War I.

Search our Catalogs

There are several ways to search for information about the Society's collections. Visit this page to access ABIGAIL, our online catalog, and other research tools.

Contact our Library Staff

Email our friendly library staff with questions about our collections.

Visit our Library

The Society's library is free and open to researchers of all ages. Any person interested in using the collections can register as a researcher and use materials in the library.

Sample Topics

Consider these topics, and the resources presented here, as you conduct your own research.


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