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* found at Healey Library and most public libraries

Brown, Richard B., and Jack Tager, Massachusetts, A Concise History (Amherst, MA: University of Mass. Press), 2000.

Haskell, John D. Jr., Massachusetts: A Bibliography of its History, Vol. 1*, Committee for New England Bibliography, New England Bibliographies, 9 Vols. (Hanover, NH: Univ. Press of New England) 1972; Vol 8 includes Massachusetts additions, Roger Parks ed., 1989; Vol. 9 includes Massachusetts additions to 1994, Roger Parks ed., 1995.

Hart, Albert, Ed., The Commonwealth History of Massachusetts, 5 Vols. (New York: States History Co.), 1927-1930.*

Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities & Towns in Massachusetts. Prepared by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William F. Galvin, published by the New England Historic & Genealogical Society, 1997.*

Kaufman, Martin, John W. Ifkovic and Joseph Carvalho III eds., A Guide to the History of Massachusetts (New York: Greenwood Press), 1987.*

Massachusetts Biographical Index, 2 Vols. 1998. Somerset Publications, Inc. St. Clair Shores, MI 48080. See also The Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, 2 Vols. 1999.*

Morison, Samuel Eliot, Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860 (Boston: Houghton  Mifflin), 1979, orig. 1921.*

Tager, Jack and John W. Ifkovic eds, Massachusetts in the Gilded Age (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press),  1985.*

Whitehill, Walter Muir, Boston, A Topographical History (Cambridge: Belknap Press), 2nd ed. 1968.

….Massachusetts; A Pictorial History (New York: Chas. Scribnerís & Sons) 1976.*

Wilkie, Richard and Jack Tager, Historical Atlas of Massachusetts (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press), 1991.*

Winsor, Justin, ed., The Memorial History of Boston, 4 vols. 1881 (Boston: Tercentennial Ctte.) 1932.*

WPA Guide to Massachusetts.  New edition with introduction by Jane Holtz Kay (New York: Pantheon Books), 1983. Orig. 1937, The Federal Writers’ Project Guide to 1930s Massachusetts.*

Physical Geography

Alden,  Peter & Bryan Cassie. National Audubon Society, Field Guide to New England. Alfred Knopf, 1998.

Bickford , Walter and Ute Dymond, An Atlas of Massachusetts River Systems.  Massachusetts Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement, Amherst, 1990.

Brownlow, ,Arthur (Ed). Cape Cod Environment Atlas. Boston University Department of Geology, 1979

Chamberlain, Barbara Blau. These Fragile Outposts, a Good Look at Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket,  American Museum of Natural History, New York, 1964.

Mass Audubon Society. The Nature of Massachusetts.

Niering, William. Wetlands. The Audubon Society Nature Guides.

Oldale, Robert, Cape Cod and the Islands. The Geologic Story. Parnassas Imprints, Orleans Massachusetts, 1992.

Raymo, Chet and Maureen Raymo, Written in Stone. Globe Pequot Press, 1989.

Skehan, James W., Roadside Geology of Massachusetts, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc., 2001.

Strahler, Arthur, A Geologist View of Cape Cod, American History of Natural History, New York, 1966.

Ireland, Lloyd, Wildlands and Woodlots. The Story of New England’s Forests, University Press of New England, 1982.

Native Peoples, European Contact

Bragdon, Kathleen J., Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650.  University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. OK, 1996.

Braun, Esther K., and David P. Braun, The First Peoples of the Northeast. Lincoln Historical Society, Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1994.

Calloway, Colin G. (editor), After King Philip’s War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England. University Press of New England, Hanover, 1997.

Cronon, William, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (New York: Hill & Wang) 1983.

Frazier, Patrick, The Mohicans of Stockbridge. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1992.

Grumet, Robert S., Historic Contact: Indian People and Colonists in Today’s Northeastern United States in the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. 1995.

….., (editor), Northeastern Indian Lives, 1632-1816, pp. 29-47. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1996.

Jennings, Francis, The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest. W.W. Norton, New York, 1975.

Kupperman, Karen Ordahl, Indians And English: Facing Off in Early America. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2000.

Morton, Thomas, The New English Canaan, or New Canaan: Containing an Abstract of New England Composed in Three Books. J.F. Stam, Amsterdam, 1637.

Mourt, G., A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt's Relation, edited by Dwight Heath, Corinth Books, New York, 1963 [1622].

Rubertone, Patricia E., Changes in the Coastal Wilderness: Historical Land Use Patterns on outer Cape Cod. In Chapters in the Archeology of Cape Cod, III: The Historic Period and Historic Period Archaeology, edited by Francis P. McManamon, pp. 17-124. Cultural Resources Management Study No. 13. Division of Cultural Resources, North Atlantic Regional Office National Park Service, Boston, 1985.

Russell, Howard, .Indian New England Before the Mayflower (Hanover, NH: Univ. Press of New England), 1980.

Salisbury, Neal, Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans and the Making of New England 1500- 1643. (New York:), 1982.

Simmons, William S., Spirit of the New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore, 1620-1984. University Press of New England, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1986.

Trigger, Bruce G. (editor), Northeast. Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 15, William C. Sturtevant, general editor. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1978.

Williams, Roger, A Key into the Language of America, edited by John J. Teunissen and Evelyn J. Hinz. Wayne State University Press, Detroit. Originally published 1643, London, 1973 [1643].

Wood, William, New England's Prospect, edited by Alden T. Vaughan. The Commonwealth Series, Winfred E. A. Bernhard, general editor. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, Massachusetts. Originally published 1634, J. Bellamie, London, 1977 [1634].

Young, William R. (editor)

1969   An Introduction to the Archaeology and History of the Connecticut Valley Indian. Springfield Museum of Science, New Series 1(1). Springfield, Massachusetts.


Puritans, Transition from Colony to State, Revolution, Federalism

Allen, David Grayson, In English Ways (Chapel Hill: Un. of N. Carolina Press), 1981.

Bailyn, Bernard, The Peopling of British North America (New York: Knopf), 1986.

….New England Merchants in the 17th Century, orig. 1955 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1979. 

….Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Cambridge: Belknap Press), 1967.  Enl. ed. 1992. 

Brown, Richard D., Revolutionary Politics in Massachusetts: The Boston Committee of Correspondence  and the Towns, 1772-1774 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1970.

Commager, Henry Steele, Documents of American History (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall), 9th ed.  1973. Many Massachusetts documents are included.

Demos, John, A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (New York: Oxford Univ.  Press), 1970).

…..,The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (New York: Knopf) 1994.

Dexter, Lincoln A., Maps of Early Massachusetts: pre-history through the Seventeenth Century. Compiled, edited and published by Lincoln A. Dexter, Brookfield, MA, 1984. (See in public library or State Archives.)

Fischer, David Hackett, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (New York, Oxford Univ. 

….., Paul Revere's Ride (New York: Oxford Univ. Press), 1994.

Fowler, William M., The Baron of Beacon Hill: John Hancock (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1980. 

Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan (New York: Longman), 1997. 

Gross, Robert, The Minutemen and Their World (New York: Hill & Wang), 1976. 

….In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion (Charlottesville: Univ. Press of VA), 1993.

Kennedy, Lawrence W. Planning the City  Upon A Hill: Boston since 1630, (Amherst:  University of Mass. Press), 1992.

McManis, Douglas R., European Impressions of the New England Coast, 1497-1620 (Chicago) 1972. 

….Colonial New England: A Historical Geography (New York: Oxford Univ. Press), 1975. 

Morison, Samuel Eliot, The European Discovery of America, The Northern Voyages AD 500-1600. (New York), 1971. ….., Builders of the Bay Colony (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1958.

….., Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860 (Boston: Houghton  Mifflin), 1979, orig. 1921.

O’Connor, Thomas H., This Momentous Affair: Massachusetts and the Ratification of the Constitution of the U.S. (Boston Public Library), 1987.

Pierson, William, Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American  Subculture in 18th Century  New England (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press), 1988.

Russell, Howard, A Long Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of New England Farming (Hanover, NH: Univ. Press of New England), 1976.

Rutman, Darrett, Husbandmen of Plymouth, Forms and Villages of the Old Colony, 1620-1692 (Boston:  Beacon Press), 1967.

….Winthrop's Boston: Portrait of a Puritan Town (Chapel Hill, Univ. of N. Carolina Press), 1965. 

Sly, John F., Town Government in Massachusetts, 1620-1930 (Hamden, CT: Archon Books), 1967.

Szatsmary, David, Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection (Amherst: Univ. of Mass.  Press), 1980.

Taylor, Robert J., Western Massachusetts in the Revolution (Providence: Brown Univ. Press), 1954. 

Zuckerman, Michael, Peaceable Kingdom, New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century (New York,  Knopf), 1970.

Nineteenth Century Industrialization, Civil War, Immigration, Urbanization, Reform

Abbott, Richard H., Cotton and Capital: Boston Businessmen and Antislavery Reform, 1854-1868 (Amherst: University of Mass. Press), 1991.

Bender, Thomas, Toward an Urban Vision: Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth Century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press), 1975.

Blewitt, Mary H., Men, Women, and Work: Class, Gender and Protest in the New England Shoe  Industry: 1780-1910 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press), 1988.

…..Constant Turmoil. (Amherst, MA: University of Mass. Press), 2000. (on Fall River)

Blodgett, Geoffrey, The Gentle Reformers: Massachusetts Democrats in the Cleveland Era (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press), 1966.

Brooks, Van Wyck, The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865 (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.),1936.

Dalzell, Robert F. Jr., Enterprising Elite: The Boston Associaties and the World They Made. (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press), 1987.

Dublin, Thomas, Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution (Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press), 1994.

….., Farm to Factory.: Women’s Letters, 1830-1860. (New York: Columbia Univ. Plress), 1979.

….., Women at Work . (New York: Columbia Univ. Press), 1979.

Faler, Paul, Mechanics & Manufacturers in Early Industrial Revolution - Lynn, Mass., 1780-1860 (Albany, NY: State University of NY Press), 1981.

Formisano, Ronald P. and Constance K. Burns, eds., Boston 1700-1980: The Evolution of Urban Politics (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press), 1984.

Grover, Kathryn, The Fugitive’s Gibralter: Escaping Slaves and Abolition in New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Amherst: University of Mass Press), 2001.

Gross, Laurence F., The Course of Industrial Decline: The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1835-1855. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press,) 1992.

Handlin, Oscar, Boston's Immigrants (Boston: Harvard Univ. Press), 1979. 

…..The Uprooted, (Boston: Little Brown), 2nd enl. ed. 1990.

…..and Mary Handlin, Commonwealth: Study of the Role of Government in the American Economy -  Massachusetts 1774-1861(Cambridge: Belknap Press), 1969.

Hodgkins, J. E., The Civil War Diary of Lt. J.E. Hodgkins; 19th Mass. Volunteers,from August 11,  1862 to June 3, 1865., ed. by Kenneth C. Turino with intro. by Steven C. Eames (Camden,  ME: Picton Press), 1994.

Juravich, Tom, et al., Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and  Their Unions (Amherst: Univ.of Mass. Press), 1996. 

Miller, William Lee, Arguing About Slavery (New York: Knopf), 1996. 

Mulkern, John R., The Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts: The Rise and Fall of a People’s Movement (Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press), 1990.

Murphy, Teresa, Ten Hours’ Labor: Religion, Reform and Gender in Early New England. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,), 1992.

O'Connor, Thomas H., Civil War Boston: Homefront and Battlefield (Boston: Northeastern Univ.  Press), 1997.

….The Boston Irish: A Political History (Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press), 1995.

Renehan, Edward, Jr., The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired With John Brown (New York: Crown Publishing Co.), 1995.

Robinson, Harriet Hanson, Loom and Spindle. (Kailua, HI: Press Pacifica), 1976.

Steinberg, Theodore, Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England (New York:  Cambridge Univ. Press), 1991.

Thernstrom, Stephen, Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century City {Newburyport} (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1964.

….The Other Bostonians (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1973.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812. (New York: Vintage Books), 1991.

….Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Knopf and Random House), 2001.

Ward, David, Cities and Immigrants. A Geography of Change in 19th Century America (New York:) 1971. 

Warner, Sam Bass, Jr., Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900 (Cambridge:  Harvard Univ. Press), 2nd ed. 1978. 

Zevin, Robert, The Growth of Manufacturing in Early 19th Century New England (New York), 1975. 

Twentieth Century  Metropolitan Mass., From Industrial to Information Age 

Conuel, Thomas, Quabbin: The Accidental Wilderness, Massachusetts Audubon Society; (Brattleboro, Vt:  Stephen Greene Press), 1981.

Formisano, Ronald P., Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960ís and the 1970s (Chapel Hill, University of N. C. Press) 1991.

Garrity, W. Arthur, Jr., The Boston School Decision (Boston:The Community Action Committee of  Paperback Booksmith), 1974.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (New York: St. Martins Press), 1991.

Greene, J.R. The Creation of the Quabbin Reservoir (Athol, MA by author), 1981.

….The Day Four Quabbin Towns Died (Athol, MA), 1985.

Halberstam, David, The Best and the Brightest  (New York: Random House), 1972.

Huthmacker, J. Joseph, Massachusetts People and Politics, 1919-1933  ( New York: Atheneum), 1969. 

Kirkland, Edward, Men, Cities, and Transportation; A Study in New England History: 1820-1900. (Cambridge, MA) 1948.

Kozol, Jonathan, Death at an Early Age (New York: New American Library), repr. 1985. 

Leuchtenberg, William E., The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy (New York: Columbia University Press), 1995. 

Lukas, J. Anthony, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (New York, Knopf) 1985. 

Lupo, Alan et al., Rites of Way: The Politics of Transportation in Boston and U.S. City. (Boston), 1971.

Russell, Francis, A City in Terror: 1919: The Boston Police Strike (New York: Viking Press), 1975. 

….Tragedy in Dedham: the Story of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case (New York: McGraw Hill), 1971. 

Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr., A Thousand Days: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the White House (Boston:  Houghton Mifflin), 1965. 

….Robert Kennedy and his Times (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1978.  

White, Leonard D. “The Origin of Utility Commissions in Massachusetts”, Journal of Political Economy 29 (1921): 177-97.

Massachusetts Research Journals

Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA 01609. Online at

Great Migration Newsletter”, c/o New England Historic Genealogy Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3087.

Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Institute for Massachusetts Studies, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA 01086.

Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street. Boston, MA 02215.  Also publishes The Massachusetts Historical Review . See for more details.

New England Journal of History, New England History Teachers Association, Bentley College, Waltham, MA 02452.

New England Quarterly, 239 Meserve Hall, Northeastern University, Boston, MA  02120. See 

“The Dukes County Intelligencer”, Journal of History of Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands. Published quarterly by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, P.O. Box 1310 Edgartown, MA 02539.

Note:  Vol 41, No. 3 (February 2000) has articles on 2O0 years of Indian schools and on the rise and fall of the whaling industry.
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