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Abbot Academy Collection Highlights
The Abbot Academy Collection primarily consists of material relating to the administrative functions of the Academy. It includes material of the trustees, treasurer, and other administrative offices. The collection also includes Abbot Academy memorabilia and student-created work ranging from the... more
Account books collection (MS002)
This collection consists of items from the Account books collection (MS002) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
American Revolutionary War-Era Maps (Collection of Distinction)
With the first battles of the American Revolution occurring in the Boston area, one of the most important historical time periods represented in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century holdings is the American Revolutionary War era, defined broadly as 1750 to 1800. This collection... more
Amherst College Early History Collection
Printed material, legal documents, financial records, correspondence and other papers from 1815 - 1891 documenting the history of Amherst Academy, the Charity Fund, and the inception and founding of Amherst College. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in... more
Annisquam Historical Society's Collection of Historical Documents
This collection is from the contents of vertical files in the Annisquam Historical Society. Annisquam, a village in Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, has its historical society based in the old firehouse, Deluge 8. The building and its contents are under the aegis of the Annisquam... more
Antebellum Citations
These materials were used in support of a public program.
Anti-Slavery (Collection of Distinction)
In the late 1890s, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented Boston Public Library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the... more
Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing
This collection consists of items from the Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Arthur C. Haskell photographic collection, 1910s-1930s (PC030)
This collection consists of items from the Arthur C. Haskell photographic collection, 1910s-1930s (PC030) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Arthur Elliot graphic collection (GC005)
This collection consists of items from the Arthur Elliot graphic collection (GC005) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Arthur Little and Herbert W.C. Browne architectural collection (AR004)
This collection consists of items from the Arthur Little and Herbert W.C. Browne architectural collection (AR004) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
"As a Woman" by Barry Kay
This collection consists of items from the "As a Woman" by Barry Kay collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Assessed Polls
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... more
Bates-Weston-Chapman Collection
Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was an abolitionist who was born in Weymouth. In 1832, Maria Weston Chapman and other women founded the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. They raised funds by organizing the annual Boston Anti-Slavery Bazaar, an event they ran from 1835 to 1858. Weston Chapman... more
Biographical Pamphlet (Fields)
Presented here are extended eulogies written as sermons, funeral tributes or memorial speeches for prominent New England men, some from Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and governmental past. These... more
Biographical Pamphlet (Livermore)
Presented here are extended eulogies written as sermons, funeral tributes or memorial speeches for prominent New England men, some from Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and governmental past. These... more
Blue Books of Newton
Presented here are directories, which usually include a folding map of Newton, list of residents by name and by street address with illustrated advertisements and business directory, clubs and societies, location of fire boxes, seating plan of theatres and concert halls in the area including... more
Book of Common Prayer (Collection of Distinction)
The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer is one of the most abundant existing collections of its kind. It includes first-edition copies of the first Prayer Book of 1549, King Edward’s second Prayer Book of 1552, Queen Elizabeth’s Book of 1559, King James of 1604, and five... more
Book of hours
This collection consists of items from the Book of hours collection hosted by Boston College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Book of Hours (Use of Bourges), ca. 1460
Guillaume Claude Robinet, an avocat du roi from Issoudun (Indre), France, married Catherine Tabouet on Jan. 15, 1591. A medieval book of hours of the use of Bourges, this manuscript is illuminated with six miniature paintings, each above a four-line initial and accompanied by an originally... more
C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016)
This collection consists of items from the C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Carver Public Library's Cemetery Records
Collection of cemetery records for the town of Carver at the Carver Public Library.
Casey family papers (MS008)
This collection consists of items from the Casey family papers (MS008) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Cesare Pavese Collection, 1931-2006
Simultaneously prolific and tragic, Cesare Pavese was a major figure in 20th century Italian letters. Born in the Piedmont region in 1908 and educated in Turin, Pavese was drawn to English-language literature as a student, writing his thesis on Walt Whitman (1930). Nearly overnight,... more
Charlestown High School Records
This collection consists of items from the Charlestown High School Records collection hosted by City of Boston Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Civil War Manuscripts (NEHGS)
This collection contains selected manuscripts from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections related to the American Civil War, 1861-1865. These collections include letters, diaries, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials produced by soldiers that provide details about... more
Civil War Personal Papers and Currency
This small collection consists of five Civil War items unrelated to each other. Two items, the diaries, have been digitized. These diaries belonged to Edward E. Andrus (1820-1897) and Adoniram E. Vining (1841-?). Andrus served in Company H, 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Private. He... more
Civil War Women, Summer Institute 2008
These materials were used in support of a public program.
Clifton Johnson Collection
Clifton Johnson (1865-1940) of Hadley, Massachusetts was an accomplished literary figure with some 125 published books and countless magazine and newspaper articles to his credit. A friend of William Dean Howells and John Burroughs, he was an acquaintance of many other late 19th and early 20th... more
Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection
The Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection contains an assortment of documents and images related to U.S. Coast Guard history, which are housed in the archives at this museum. The museum was created in 2005 in the former U.S. Custom House (1856) located in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod,... more
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Boston Public Library holds thousands of American manuscripts, printed books, and documents from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. The materials document American intellectual and political life before, during, and shortly after the Revolution. Highlights include: over 1,300 individual... more
Colonial and Revolutionary Boston (Collection of Distinction)
Boston Public Library holds thousands of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, and printed records from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. This collection is unparalleled in the extent of its administrative and judicial records of Massachusetts Bay Colony and early Boston. The... more
Commonplace Books (NEHGS)
A commonplace book is a volume in which the owner recorded items they wished to remember. Typical elements found in commonplace books include sermon quotes or summaries, Bible passages, lines from poetry or prose, lyrics, newspaper stories, recipes, biographical details, and interesting facts... more
Connolly book of hours
This collection consists of items from the Connolly book of hours collection hosted by Boston College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Creative Design Services Publications and Documents
This collection consists of items from the Creative Design Services Publications and Documents collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
The Dial Yearbooks
This collection consists of items from the Dial Yearbooks collection hosted by Framingham State University, Henry Whittemore Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Digital Amherst Collection
This collection consists of items from the Digital Amherst collection hosted by Jones Library, Amherst. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Digitized Museum Collections
This collection consists of items from the Digitized Museum Collections collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Early, Rare, and Exceptional Items from Special Collections, Rare Books
A curated selection of highlights from across the many collections held by the Boston Public Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided... more
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers
Correspondence, sermons, drawings, drafts of unpublished and published work, articles, artwork, and images relating to the professional activities and personal life of Edward Hitchcock, the third President of Amherst College and noted geologist and minister, and his family. These material are... more
Edwin B. Worthen Collection
The Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington, Massachusetts from its earliest settlement through the mid-20th century. The materials were collected by Edwin B. Worthen (1879-1956), his son Edwin B. Worthen, Jr. (1913-1976), and his daughter-in-law, Anita P. Worthen (1913-2008),... more
Edwin Whitefield graphic collection, 1860s-1880s (GC004)
This collection consists of items from the Edwin Whitefield graphic collection, 1860s-1880s (GC004) collection hosted by Historic New England. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Elder Share the Arts Records, ca. 1975-2018
A community arts organization founded by Susan Perlstein in 1979, Elders Share the Arts was a pioneer and national leader in the field of creative aging. Beginning as a single living-history theater workshop in the South Bronx, ESTA grew into a citywide organization with national impact that... more
Enfield (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939
Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Swift River in western Massachusetts, Enfield was the largest and southernmost of the four towns inundated in 1939 to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Incorporated as a town in 1816, Enfield was relatively prosperous in the... more