Collection Massachusetts Historical Society Map Collection

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Massachusetts Historical Society

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. Its collections are accessible to anyone with an interest in American history. Beyond research, the MHS offers many ways for the public to enjoy its collections including engaging programs, thought-provoking exhibitions, publications, seminars, and teacher workshops.

The holdings of the MHS include about 5,000 maps. Approximately 350 are dated in the 17th and 18th centuries. Of these, we selected 15 printed maps related to the Revolutionary War era that are not found in the Leventhal Map Center collection.