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).



    Forthcoming Publications


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

    William Bradford: Correspondence, Dialogues, and Other Writings
    edited by Francis Bremer, Kathryn Grey, David Lupher, and Kenneth Minkema, 

    The Diary of William Bentley
    edited by Thomas Knoles


    Next Meeting

    Join Us for the Second Annual Donald R. Friary Lecture
    Changing Views of the American Revolution Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6 p.m.

    Hybrid Event. Please join us at No. 87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, for the Second Annual Donald R. Friary Lecture, Changing Views of the American Revolution.
    A conversation with
    Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University
    Sarah Pearsall, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
    Chernoh Sesay Jr. Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University

    Refreshments available at 5:30 p.m. The discussion begins at 6:00 p.m.
    If you are unable to attend in person, join the live stream by clicking on this link: https://csom36.wildapricot.org/EmailTracker/LinkTracker.ashx?linkAndRec…

    To submit a question for the speakers during the presentation, please email [email protected]


    June 3, 2022. Graduate Student Forum, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Details at https://www.colonialsociety.org/node/3069