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 central mission of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts is to publish documents and other resources related to the early history of Massachusetts, broadly defined, from colonization to c. 1830, and taking in local, regional, transatlantic and other perspectives.

    The Publications Committee of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts accepts proposals for publications made by CSM members and others, in accordance with the Society’s central publishing mission. In considering proposals, the CSM is committed to achieving greater diversity in its publications, particularly in regard to documents and sources relating to Indigenous peoples, women, people of color, and LGBTQ history, and to increasing the diversity of its editors. Projects accepted for publication may be made available in print or in digital form, or both.

    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 3: January - October 1770, edited by John W. Tyler and Margaret Hogan, 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. 4 (November 1770 - June 1772)
    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

    December 16, 2021 Stated Meeting,
    Robert A. Bellinger, Suffolk University, “Gardens of the Enslaved.”
    Details will be forthcoming.

    News

    The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2021 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History Competition.

    This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

    A committee of eminent historians will review the essays. Their decision in all cases will be final. By arrangement with the editors of The New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal. Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2018 prize must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2022. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2022.

    Entries submitted for consideration should be addressed to:

    Whitehill Prize Committee

    c/o The New England Quarterly

    Department of History

    University of Massachusetts, Boston

    100 Morrissey Blvd.

    Boston, MA 02125

    For additional information, including prize specifications and a list of past winners, see www.newenglandquarterly.org.

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