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Explore the objects, photographs, and documents that reveal four centuries of life in New England.

With more than 123,000 objects and 1.5 million archival materials, Historic New England’s collection tells the most complete story of how New Englanders lived from the seventeenth century to today.

Search collections of photographs, wallpaper, jewelry, home furnishings, architectural drawings, clothing, and more, from the opulent to the everyday. While half of the object collections are on view at our historic sites, the Collections Access database is your chance to discover thousands of treasures not usually accessible to the public. You can also make an appointment to visit the Library and Archives in Boston to research archival collections in person.




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Featured Object

Glitter Boots

Silver glitter boots worn by Steve Desroches in Provincetown, Massachusetts. 1990-2000. Made by Charles Dane of Paris, France.

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Visit the Historic New England Library and Archives in Boston.

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Featured Blog Posts

The collection of a Massachusetts textile manufacturing and machinery corporation is now accessible at Historic New England’s Library and Archives. The C.G. Sargent’s Sons Collection (CC016) was recently processed by Simmons College Archives Management graduate student Max Lisanti as part of his internship with Historic New England. Archival processing includes arranging, describing, cataloguing, and rehousing archival collections […]

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Historic New England’s conservation team is preparing a selection of cherished hats and shoes for the upcoming exhibition, Head to Toe: Hat and Shoe Fashions from Historic New England, opening June 1, 2018, at the Eustis Estate Museum in Milton, Massachusetts. Each object requires its own custom-made form to support its structural integrity. Our team works to ensure that each […]

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