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.
Reports by the Office of Admission at Amherst College for the use of secondary schools. The reports present statistics on the incoming freshman class and information for secondary school principals and guidance counselors, and span 1947 - 2012. These material are held at Amherst College Archives... more
This collections brings together a number of documents related to historically black fraternal organizations, including many related to Prince Hall Freemasonry.A leading citizen in Boston’s eighteenth-century black community, Prince Hall (1738-1807) was an abolitionist who petitioned the... more
Aldin Grout was among the first American missionaries to the Zulu nation. After experiencing a religious conversion in his early twenties, Grout dedicated his life to the ministry, studying at Amherst College (1831) and Andover Theological Seminary (1834) before accepting an... more
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
Following the November 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) as President of the United States, seven states in which slavery was legal individually seceded from the Union. They did so because of Lincoln’s opposition to the expansion of slavery in the western United States. South... 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
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 Barnstable Patriot is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States and the oldest continuous, uninterrupted publication in Barnstable County, MA. It began publication with its first weekly issue on June 26, 1830. The portion of the collection that has been digitized here covers the... 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
Historic images of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Historic postcards of Beverly, Massachusetts.