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 eighty-seven 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.)

    Volume 88, the latest publication of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, edited by Brock Jobe and Gerald Ward, just appeared this past winter and for the moment exists only in hardback form. It is most readily available through Amazon.com.

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    Forthcoming Publications

    The Select Correspondence of George Thatcher
    edited by William Di Giacomantonio

    The Records of King’s Chapel
    edited by James Bell and James Mooney

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

    The Memoirs of Josiah Cotton and Allied Documents
    edited by Douglas L. Winiarski

    The Diary of William Bentley
    edited by Thomas Knoles

    The Letter and Account Books of John Hull
    edited by David Hancock and Mark Peterson

    Next Meeting

    May 18 at 4:30 PM Website Launch at 87 Mount Vernon Street


    Graduate Student Forum, May 19, 2017 at 9am, David Hackett Fischer distinguished moderator