• Overseers of the Poor (www.primaryresearch.com): "This project is inspired by a collective interest of several institutions in the Boston area to teach and learn about poor relief in Massachusetts and New England in colonial times...Our goal is to make these and related valuable documents accessible and appealing to a broad spectrum of students and educators, and to spark their intellectual curiosity. We hope to inspire students to begin similar investigations in their own hometowns." www.primaryresearch.org is a work-in-progress. We encourage viewers to read it critically, to make suggestions, to add their own material, and to return frequently to this website to see what is new.
  • The Massachusetts Historical Society (www.masshist.org): "The Massachusetts Historical Society is an independent research library that collects, preserves, makes accessible, and communicates manuscripts and other materials in order to promote the study of the history of Massachusetts and the nation-a mission it has pursued since 1791."
  • Massachusetts State Archives (www.sec.state.ma.us/ARC/arcidx.htm): Includes such searchable resources as the Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799), the Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891) and the Index to Vital Records (1841-1910).
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (www.newenglandancestors.org): Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and most respected nonprofit genealogical organization in the country. We invite you to learn more about how NEHGS can help you explore a wealth of resources and research tools to discover your family’s story today."
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (oieahc.wm.edu/) The College of William and Mary and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation founded the Institute of Early American History and Culture in 1943 and still jointly sponsor its work. In 1996 the College and Colonial Williamsburg added Omohundro to the Institute's name in recognition of a generous endowment bequest pledged by Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr.
  • The American Antiquarian Society ( www.americanantiquarian.org/) The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The AAS online catalog contains records for the Society's collections of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, newspapers, lithographs, and broadsides.
  • Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture (www.fourcenturies.org) Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture (March 2013 and December 2014) unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented partnership to celebrate furniture-making in the Bay State.  The topic may surprise you.  Massachusetts brings to mind such diverse images as the Pilgrims or the Red Sox, John Adams or John Kennedy, the Big Dig or the Berkshires—but not furniture.  Yet over the past 400 years no state has had a greater impact on this craft.  The products of the state’s workmen number in the tens of millions and include some of the finest furniture made in America, from lavishly carved oak chests of the 17th century to the inventive studio designs of today.  It is a legacy worthy of celebration.


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