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Academy Archives – Historical Materials on Deposit in Area Archives

Some of the Academy’s historical materials are on deposit in area archives. They include:

  • Bowdoin College Library: Books (357 titles) from the library of the Academy’s first president, Governor James Bowdoin.
  • Massachusetts Historical Society: Books and newspapers from the library of the Academy’s first president, Governor James Bowdoin, including statute books and legislative journals (ca. 1692–1805), and newspapers from the colonial and federal period (1759–1824).
  • Countway Library of Medicine: A collection of Academy “Records” concerning health, medicine, and vital statistics.
    • Selected items available through the Harvard University Library Open Collections program, Contagion.

  • Harvard University Archives Three volumes of “Professor Winthrop’s meteorological journal,” containing observations by John Winthrop (1714–1779).
  • Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

    1. Meteorological records, 1754–1865: Includes 33 volumes of meteorological journals and observations kept by Enoch Hale, James Jackson, Edward Holyoke and others, for Boston, Salem, Waltham, Springfield, and Gardner during the nineteenth century, and for Cambridge during the late eighteenth century.

    Electronic finding aid available.

    2. Benjamin Peirce Papers: ca. 1835–1880: Includes mathematical papers and other compositions, notebooks, and notes. Collection is currently unprocessed.

About the Archives

The records of the Academy, dating back to 1780, reflect the intellectual history of the nation from its earliest years and document the history of Academy membership, program initiatives, and scholarship.

Processed Collections with Online Finding Aids

View additional archival resources.

Academy Publications in JSTOR

Access a full set of all of the Academy’s serial publications through the journal database JSTOR.

  • Memoirs (1785–1957)
  • Proceedings (1846–1958)
  • Daedalus (1955– )
  • Bulletin (1948– )
  • Records (1958–2003)

Selected Items from the Academy Archives

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Please contact the Academy's archives department.