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-eight 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, is now available online. (See Publications page.) Hardback versions of the book are most readily available through Amazon.

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    Forthcoming Publications

    The Insurgent Delegate: Selected Letters and other Writings of George Thatcher
    edited by William diGiacomantonio

    The Records of Kings Chapel
    edited by James Bell and James Mooney

    The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson, Vol. 2, 1767-1769
    edited by John W. Tyler and Elizabeth Dubrulle

    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

    18 April 2019 Stated Meeting at 3pm, "Death by Pancakes and Other Incidents," Douglas Winiarski, Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, University of Richmond. His recent book Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth Century New England received the Bancroft Prize.  Free and open to the public.


    On 2 May 2019 at 5:30 PM, there will be a book launch at 87 Mount Vernon for "The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865" by Fellow Member Mark Peterson. Public welcome.