Digital Commonwealth

Sparrows, Finches, Etc. of New England

Newton Free Library

Presented here is a book by Charles Johnson Maynard (1845-1929), a Newton naturalist and ornithologist, who wrote this book on sparrows and finches as a teaching device to train young bird watchers' eyes and ears.

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.