The Daguerreian Society

The Massachusetts
  Historical Society

"We intend to be an active, not a passive, literary body. . .not to lie waiting, like a bed of oysters, for the tide (of communication) to flow in upon us, but to seek and find, to preserve and communicate literary intelligence, especially in the historical way."
   So wrote Jeremy Belknap in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society's corresponding secretary, to describe the founders' aspirations.   Massachusetts Historical Society was the first historical society in the western hemisphere and the first institution of any description devoted primarily to collecting Americana and publishing in American history. Belknap began to build the holdings of the Society's library almost immediately.
   The Society, now entering its third century, encompasses four principal activities: its library, publications, the Center for the Study of New England History, and public programs.
   The Society also has an informative web site.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02215
(617) 536-1608

Library hours are:
   Monday-Friday: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
   Saturday: hours will vary.
   Please refer to the MHS web site or contact the Society
   for further information

The Daguerreian Society wishes to thank the Massachusetts Historical Society for allowing us to feature these splendid daguerreian images. We especially wish to thank Mr. Chris Steele of the Society for his gracious assistance.

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