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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

Macau and the Praya Grande, Looking North

This mid-19th century painting by an unknown artist captures the importance of trade with China to the American economy after the American Revolution. It's featured in the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England, which you can explore online now.

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Additional Resources

Visit the Historic New England Library and Archives in Boston.

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Explore Historic New England exhibitions.

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Get non-toxic fumigation services for your collections.

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Collections News

Historic New England is delighted to present Artful Stories, an online experience that explores regional stories told through art. Artful Stories reflects what it is about New England – its architecture, landscapes, townscapes, and people – that imbues the region with a unique sense of place. The paintings, selected from our extensive collection, date from […]

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Help us spread the word about how members of the Casey family helped transform our nation’s capital. Historic New England is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the personal and professional papers of Thomas Lincoln Casey (1831-1896) and his son Edward Pearce Casey (1864-1940). These handwritten documents include information about leading the effort to complete […]

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