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The MHS Receives $1 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation and NHPRC for Implementation Phase of the Primary Source Cooperative

Deeply committed to helping documentary editions thrive on a broad scale, this project will provide ready access to a portal for digital publishing. The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to support the implementation phase of the Primary Source Cooperative at the Massachusetts Historical Society (the Cooperative). Founded in 2018 with the support of a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives planning grant, the Cooperative is a collaboration among its member editions and its host institution, set up to publish online the work of editors who are preparing the content of archival records for scholarly and public access. On the insistence of MHS founder Jeremy Belknap, “multiplying the ...

New Exhibition at the MHS Commemorates 250th Annversary of a Flashpoint that Changed American History

Witnessed and described by many, in both words and images, the Boston Massacre may be one of the least understood incidents in American history. Though contradictory accounts and testimony led to acquittals for all of two of the accused soldiers, the “massacre” became a landmark event on the path to revolution. ...

Outstanding New Collection of 16 Autograph Letters Given to the MHS by Anonymous Donor

Dating from 1803 to 1823, the collection includes previously unknown letters written by James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Dolley Madison as well as letters by Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Elbridge Gerry, and James Sullivan.   An anonymous donor recently gave an outstanding collection of letters to the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). Of the 16 letters, 14 were written to William Eustis, a physician and statesman, and two were exchanged between Caroline Eustis and Dolley Madison. Correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, Dolley Madison, Elbridge Gerry, and the Marquis de Lafayette, among others. The letters pertain primarily to politics and include topics such as the Louisiana Purchase, foreign policy, the Burr Conspiracy, Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807, political ...

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