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

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The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

17May 5:30PM 2021
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It may be difficult to imagine that a consequential black electoral politics evolved in the United States before the Civil War, for as of 1860, the overwhelming majority ...

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Confronting Racial Injustice: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School ...

19May 6:00PM 2021
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In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality ...

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Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism

26May 5:30PM 2021
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When we talk about patriotism in America, we tend to mean one form: the version captured in shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. But ...

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Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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