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Massachusetts Historical Society

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

The Massachusetts Historical Society is a major historical archive specializing in early American, Massachusetts, and New England history. It is is the oldest historical society in the United States, having been established in 1791. Major collections include the Adams Family Papers relating to President John Adams, First Lady Abigail Adams and other family members. The Thomas Jefferson collection includes Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence as well as correspondence, manuscripts, Monticello records and architectural drawings. The Socety's collections also include approximately 12,000 biographies and more than 10,000 local histories, as well as newspapers and broadsides. Other notable manuscripts include John Winthrop's manuscripts on the early settlement of New England; Paul Revere's account of his ride; and the Francis Parkman manuscripts dealing with French Canada.

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