Special Collections


Donating manuscripts to NEHGS

NEHGS encourages our members and friends to consider donating genealogical materials, original documents, photographs, and other material to our Society. Please visit our " Donate Materials" page to learn more.


NEHGS members may request photocopies of select pages from manuscripts through Research Services.

All patrons accept full legal responsibility for observing the copyright law, as well as legislation concerning copyright, libel, invasion of privacy, property rights, and fair use.

NEHGS reserves the right to decline a photocopy request that, in our opinion, jeopardizes the physical condition of the material, violates copyright law, or involves a collection with restricted access. NEHGS will not photocopy documents produced prior to 1820.

The reproduction of an entire collection is prohibited; however, NEHGS will cooperate with researchers and other institutions in digitization projects whenever possible.

Patrons may use digital cameras to photograph manuscript items. Hand-held copiers are never permitted.

Permission to copy does not constitute permission to publish -- see "Publishing from NEHGS manuscript materials" below.

Publishing quotes or images from NEHGS manuscript materials

A request to publish quotes or images from the NEHGS manuscript holdings must be made in writing to the Manager of Manuscript Collections. Please contact the Manager of Manuscript Collections at 617-226-1223 or jlucey@nehgs.org for current fees and terms. Prices are subject to change without notice.

The written request should include a complete citation for each item requested and a complete description of where and how the image or quote(s) will be used.

All image reproductions must carry the following credit line:
Image courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, www.AmericanAncestors.org

Material should be cited as follows: Collection name, Call number, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, www.AmericanAncestors.org

Research Requests

The Special Collections staff will answer all requests for information about our holdings. NEHGS members can contact Research Services to hire a researcher to search through manuscript collections held by our Society.