Who We Are

    Founded in 1892, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts is a non-profit educational foundation designed to promote the study of Massachusetts history from earliest settlement through the first decades of the nineteenth century.

    The chief business of the Colonial Society is to publish documents related to the early history of Massachusetts. All ninety-one volumes of the Society’s publications are freely available to the public either for download or consultation through this website. (See Publications for a complete list.)

    The Colonial Society is pleased to announce two new publications. The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson, Volume 2: 1767-1769, edited by John W. Tyler and Elizabeth Dubrulle, is available from the University of Virginia Press and Amazon.The 400th Anniversary Edition of William Bradford's Of Plimoth Plantation, edited by Jeremy Bangs, Francis Bremer, and Kenneth Minkema can be obtained from our co-publisher the New England Historic Genealogical Society https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/of-plimoth-plantation-by-william-bradford-the-400th-anniversary-edition?_pos=1&_sid=eb71a08ac&_ss=r&pass-through=true. Both publications are also available online (see Publications page).

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    Forthcoming Publications

    The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson, Vol. 3 (January through October 1770)
    edited by John W. Tyler and Margaret Hogan

    The Memoirs of Josiah Cotton & Allied Documents
    edited by Douglas Winiarski

    The Papers of Francis Bernard, Vol. 6
    edited by Colin Nicolson

    The Diary of William Bentley
    edited by Thomas Knoles


    Next Meeting

    On Thursday, 17 December 2020 at 3 PM EST, Professor Carla Pestana, Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America and the World Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles will speak on "New England from an Atlantic Perspective." Please follow this link at the appropriate time:


    On Thursday, 27 January 2021 at 7 PM EST, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., of Yale University, author of the recent book "Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption 1680-1720," will join in a conversation on material culture with Barbara and Gerry W.R. Ward, via Zoom. A link will be forthcoming.