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 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, Vol. 1
    edited by Thomas Knoles

    Next Meeting

    Our next Stated Meeting has been indefinitely postponed. Once further arrangement are made, they will be posted here.

    News

    The next graduate student forum will take place 11 June 2021 at 87 Mount Vernon St. with Linda Kerber, Professor of History Emerita of the University of Iowa as moderator.