Color lithographed Victorian-era trade cards were a key late 19th century advertising vehicle for national manufacturers and local businesses. These miniature posters, about the size of a postcard, were handed out as souvenirs at major expositions during the late Victorian period. They were... more
This collection consists of items from the Abigail B. Homer family papers (MS035) 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.
This collection consists of items from the Alexander Davidson Photography collection hosted by Williams College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
In the fall of 1985, four teams of photographers started a project to document the elevated Orange Line and the communities it served before its planned demolition in 1987. The project, conceived by the photographer Linda Swartz, and managed by Urbanarts, Inc. for the MBTA, paired a professional... more
Historical Background For nearly five decades, Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher, friend, and constant companion. This collection contains portraits of Sullivan, images of her with Helen Keller and other images and documents that pertain to her life. Anne Sullivan was born in April... more
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
Appleton Farms, located in Hamilton and Ipswich Massachusetts, is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Established in 1636 by Samuel Appleton, the farm is among the most influential in America’s agricultural history. The Appleton Family Papers document the evolution of New England... more
This collection holds hundreds of digitized objects from the Archives & Special Collections of Amherst College. The criteria for selecting materials for digitization from Archives & Special Collections are based on the materials' scholarly and cultural significance, the impact of... more
Represented are postcards of historical Arlington, Massachusetts. The images depict mainly places, houses, views, buildings, businesses, monuments, and pageants. Dates of postcards range from c. 1907 – 1981.
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
Presented here is the Newton Free Library trade card collection. In the late 1800's advanced industrial technology meant major reduction in the cost of printing and producing advertising. Trade cards were given away by shopkeepers with the purchase of a product. Consumers collected trade cards,... more
The papers of Benjamin Smith Lyman (1835-1920), a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and a geologist/mining engineer who worked in Japan at the request of the Meiji government to introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques, illuminate aspects of late nineteenth... more
This collection consists of items from the Blanchard-Means Family Papers collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in... more
This collection presents a fascinating glimpse of ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired have been portrayed in works of art through the ages. It consists of reproduction prints, posters, photographs, clippings, and a few original art objects relating to the depiction in works... more
Souvenir picture postcards made their American debut at Chicago’s 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. These new cards appealed immediately to a budget-conscious public as inexpensive keepsakes and an economical means of communication; by the early 1900s, the United States was in the throes of a... more
This collection of photographs document the history of Bridgewater State University, which opened in 1840 as a State Normal School – the third such school devoted to teacher preparation in both Massachusetts and the nation. The original items are held by the Archives and Special Collections at... more