Digital Commonwealth

Newton Free Library programs, patrons and staff 1867-1993

Newton Free Library

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The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural, and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community. Presented here are photographs of the Newton Free Library (414 Centre Street) patrons, staff, trustees, friends, volunteers, Newton city officials, award ceremonies, book festivals, parties, picnics, plays, lectures, art exhibits, meetings, reading groups, library publicity promotions, oral history project interview, Model T. bookmobile, opening of the Nonantum Branch Library, main library interior views, and damage done when a wild doe broke in through a window.

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