Printed Catalogs & Pictorial Essays

The Cabinetmaker & the Carver

Cover of The Cabinetmaker and the CarverBy Gerald W. R. Ward. Foreword by Dennis Fiori.

The Cabinetmaker and the Carver provides an opportunity to see a carefully selected group of significant examples of Boston furniture representing the trajectory of the city's great tradition of furniture making. Presented in close to 100 full-color illustrations, these objects illustrate many of the local characteristics that distinguish Boston work from that of other cities; they also open a window on Bostonians’ tastes and preferences. Created by many of the city’s most talented cabinetmakers, carvers, turners, and other craftsmen, nearly all of this furniture is drawn from distinguished local collections, providing a rare public glimpse of these privately held treasures.

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64 pages, 80 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

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$30 Paperback (2013)    ISBN: 978-1-936520-06-0

In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

Cover of the book In Death LamentedBy Sarah Nehama. Prefaces by Sarah Nehama and Anne E. Bentley.

A compendium developed to accompany and record the exhibition of the same title, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry features full-color photographs of prime examples of rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The catalog, like the exhibition at the MHS, showcases the materials in the Society’s collection and that of Sarah Nehama, a jeweler and private collector who co-curated the event at the MHS. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in context, including written explanations of the history, use, and meaning of the jewelry, as well as related pieces of material culture, such as broadsides, photographs, portraits, funeral medals, and trade cards. The jewelry included will illustrate some of the most exemplary types, from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era.

128 pages, 110 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$35 Paperback (2012)    ISBN: 978-1-936520-03-9


The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Cover of the Adams Papers catalogText by Judith S. Graham, Margaret A. Hogan, Ondine Le Blanc, Gregg L. Lint, and C. James Taylor

With full-color illustrations on almost every page, this volume showcases Adams-related manuscripts from the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The selections are grouped in four chapters—including one on John and Abigail's famous correspondence and another highlighting John's contributions to the Revolution—and each chapter provides short explanations of historical context.

42 pages, 75 color illustrations
Contact the Publications Department to order.

$20.00 Paperback (2008)   ISBN: 978-0-934909-92-1

Sample pages from the Adams Papers catalog


Declarations of Independence

Front cover of Declarations of IndependenceCompiled by the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Introduction by Pauline Maier

This large-format, softcover book draws on the Society's collections to illustrate the history of the Declaration of Independence—of its printing and distribution as well as its drafting. The images include manuscript copies in the hands of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the first printing by John Dunlap of Philadelphia, and a variety of later printings (including one that features the words of the declaration arranged to form a three-quarters portrait of George Washington). Pauline Maier's introduction gives a detailed history of the document's creation, placing it both in the context of key historical figures and the general populace of the new nation.

32 pages, 19 illustrations
$8.00 Paperback (2003)   ISBN: 0-934909-83-0

To order this title, please print out the order form and mail it to the Society with your check.


We Fight for Freedom: Massachusetts, African Americans, & the Civil War

Front cover of We Fight for FreedomBy Donald Yacovone, with a foreword by James O. Horton

This excellent introduction to the contribution of African Americans to the Union effort also showcases remarkable visual materials from African American history in general. The book highlights the efforts of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment—the regiment featured in the film Glory—by drawing on a rich collection of relevant papers and unique photographs in the Society's archives. To find out more about this photograph collection, go to the Photography Collections web page.

32 pages, 56 illustrations
To order this title, please print out the order form and mail it to the Society with your check.

$8.00 Paperback (2001, rev. ed.)    ISBN: 978-0-934909-66-2


Paul Revere's Three Accounts of His Famous Ride

Front cover of Paul Revere's Three Accounts of His Famous RideCompiled by the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Introduction by Edmund S. Morgan

The old favorite was redesigned and updated in 2000 with new illustrations. The pairing of Revere's accounts of his ride, as both facsimiles and careful transcriptions, with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem allows readers to compare the different renditions of the pivotal event.

32 pages, 18 illustrations
To order this title, please print out the order form and mail it to the Society with your check.

$8.00 Paperback (2000, rev. ed.)    ISBN: 0-934909-94-6


Catalogue of Books in the Massachusetts Historical Library: An Annotated Edition of the 1796 Library Catalogue of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Compiled by John D. Cushing, Mary E. Cogswell, Mary E. Fabiszewski, Edward W. Hanson, and Brenda M. Lawson

Title page of the 1796 catalog of the Massachusetts Historical SocietyBy 1796 the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, founded in 1791, had grown to such an extent that a printed catalog became necessary. The published catalog of 1,292 entries includes works on political, social, economic, religious, and historical events of the day as well as works relating to colonial America and the Revolutionary War. The Bicentennial edition of the 1796 catalog includes a high-quality facsimile reproduction of the original document, a transcription with fully annotated entries for each of the original titles, and extensive appendices. Elucidating as it does the library of the nation's first historical society, this is an important resource for bibliophiles and historians alike.

656 pages, 40 illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$85.00 Hardcover (1997)    ISBN: 0-943909-69-5


Witness to America's Past: Two Centuries of Collecting by the Massachusetts Historical Society

Compiled by the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Front cover the book Witness to America's PastThis fully illustrated catalog, published to accompany the Massachusetts Historical Society's 200th-anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides the reader with an engaging view of the books, manuscripts, artwork, and historical artifacts that the Society collected over 200 years. Filled with color plates, black-and-white illustrations, detailed item descriptions, and entertaining anecdotal information, the catalog brings many of the most vital events in American and Massachusetts history to life through the examination of material artifacts. The book describes more than 160 of the most historically significant objects in the Society's collection—from paintings, prints, and engravings to unusual objects such as tea collected from the Boston Tea Party, a bureau whose drawers supposedly housed a witch during the Salem witch trials, and photographs of soldiers from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the most important African American regiment raised in the North during the Civil War.

207 pages, 11 color and 185 b&w illustrations
Copublished with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$25.00 Paperback (1991)    ISBN: 0-87846-334-8


Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society: An Illustrated Catalog with Descriptive Matter

By Andrew Oliver, Ann Millspaugh Huff, and Edward W. Hanson

A comprehensive inventory of MHS portraiture, including information about subject, artist, and provenance as available. Illustrated in black-and-white and color.

189 pages, 24 color and 200 b&w illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$50.00 Hardcover (1988)    ISBN: 0-934909-26-1


Massachusetts Paper Money, 1690-1780: The Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society

By Leonard Travers

A brief historical essay presented with extensive illustrations and a select bibliography provides a consice but concrete introduction to early efforts to use paper money in the American colonies.

32 pages, 26 illustrations
To order this title, please print out the order form and mail it to the Society with your check.

$8.00 Paperback (1988)    ISBN: 978-0-934909-67-9


The Battle of Bunker Hill

Compiled by the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Foreword by Bernard Bailyn

A wonderful sourcebook of documents and visual artifacts related to the legendary battle of the American Revolution. Reproductions show the reader maps and plans of fortifications, engravings of the battle itself, official reports and British caricatures, and a detailed and moving description of the battle in an American soldier's letter to his mother.

32 pages, 23 illustrations
To order this title, please print out the order form and mail it to the Society with your check.

You may also view a web exhibition of the Battle of Bunker Hill materials on display in the Society's gallery.

$8.00 Paperback (1968)    ISBN: 978-0-934909-01-3

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