Military Historical Society of Massachusetts
Scope:
The library of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts contains some 4,000 volumes on the various phases of military operations, as well as on many wars. The holdings on the Napoleonic Wars, documented by several hundred contemporary accounts and later memoirs, and on the American Civil War, which is chronicled in more than 1,500 works, including regimental histories, military biographies, first-person accounts and publications of veterans organizations. Extensive collections of similar works relating to the classical wars and conquests, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Boer War and both World Wars can also be found. Books on military medicine, tactics, armaments, military education, artillery, cavalry, naval operations, and even poetry about war, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day, are also available.

The manuscript collection is equally vast. Items regarding the era of Napoleon include satirical  political cartoons, lithographs of his officers and battles, maps, letters from his officers, a sabre believed to have been presented by Napoleon to Joachim Murat, and one of four death masks made of the famous general in 1821. Materials from the American Civil War onward are equally important. Photographs, correspondence, field orders, reminiscences, regimental diaries, artifacts, and manuscripts tell the changing story of military life. The Society‚Äôs meeting minutes and academic sponsorships and outreach complete the collection that continues to grow.
Notable Figures
1. Ropes, John Codman, 1836-1899
2. Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Associated Subjects
1. Military History Subject Guide
2. United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
3. United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
4. World War, 1939-1945
5. World War, 1914-1918
6. South African War, 1899-1902
7. Transvaal (South Africa) -- History -- War of 1880-1881
8. France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799
9. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815