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

Researchers may also request low-resolution (reference reproduction) PDF scans from collections held in microform. For more information about this service, including cost and instructions for placing a request, see Reference Reproductions.

Upcoming Events

Online Event; Seminar; History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar

High Brow, Low Brow: Phrenology, Fashion, and Female Activism in the Nineteenth Century

19Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

Between the 1830s and 1860s, Americans began fighting over a curious topic: female foreheads. While feminists and phrenologists saw “high brows” as an ...

Seminar; African American History Seminar; Online Event

Revolutionary Weddings: Marriage in the Black Panther Party

21Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

Revolutionary love and marriages in the Black Panther Party were powerful aspects of Black Power politics. This paper argues that Panthers viewed Black romantic love as ...

Seminar; Digital History Seminar; Online Event

Excavating Egyptology: The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project

26Jan 5:15PM 2021
This is an online program.

The Nile travel diaries of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews are an important yet underutilized resource for the so-called “Golden Age” of Egyptian archaeology in the late ...

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