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Massachusetts Historical Society

Over more than two centuries, the Massachusetts Historical Society has amassed more than 3,500 collections of personal, family, and institutional papers, including more than 2,200 diaries together with supporting collections of books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, photographers, and artifacts-an essential source for the study of early America that places the story of the Underground Railroad in historical context. Founded in 1791, only a few years after the end of slavery in Massachusetts, the MHS collected and preserved contemporary materials-broadsides, flyers, pamphlets, and especially manuscript records of the lives of individuals, families, and organizations throughout the Antebellum period. Two online collections are of great interest to the Underground Railroad Network: African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts and Images of the Antislavey Movement in Massachusetts.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, 02215

Website: Massachusetts Historical Society

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Dennis Fiori

Location Type: Facility