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W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1999 (bulk 1877-1963)
Scholar, writer, editor of The Crisis and other journals, co-founder of the Niagara Movement, the NAACP, and the Pan African Congresses, international spokesperson for peace and for the rights of oppressed minorities, W.E.B. Du Bois was a son of Massachusetts who articulated the... more
Waban Historical Collection
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
Wakefield Postcards
This collection consists of items from the Wakefield Postcards collection hosted by Lucius Beebe Memorial Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Walter Mason Dickinson Papers, 1858-1900
Originally a member of the Massachusetts Agricultural College Class of 1876, Walter Mason Dickinson left after his junior year to enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his military career, Dickinson saw service in the southwest and as a military instructor at MAC (1891-1896).... more
Waltham Public Library Waltham Watch Company Materials
This set consists of a cross section of Waltham Watch Company materials owned by the Waltham Public Library. This iconic company was a major employer in the city for many years and this collection highlights different aspects of its importance to Waltham. It includes diverse company catalogs and... more
War of 1812
The USS Constitution Museum's War of 1812 collection includes printed pamphlets, rare books, certificates, broadsides, and manuscript correspondence, logs, and journals. Together the works document USS Constitution's role in the War of 1812, as well as other political and military aspects of the... more
Wayland Free Public Library Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs taken in and around the town of Wayland, Massachusetts, mostly between 1884 and 1930, of residents, historic homes and other notable buildings, street scenes, and nature studies. Many of them are original platinum prints by respected amateur photographer... more
West Bridgewater Public Library's West Bridgewater Historical Postcards
The West Bridgewater Public Library postcard collection. This collection consists of 233 items covering life in the town, activities of the people, activity on the Town River, historic scenes, and buildings all approximately 1914.
Westborough High School History Archives
Materials in the Westborough High School History Archives explore the history of Westborough High School from the late 1800s to the end of the 20th century. The collection incliudes such items as class photographs, sports keepsakes, letters and other school-related documentation, school... more
"Westborough: Your Town - Your History" Scanning Day, 2017
On February 4, 2017, the Westborough Public Library asked Westborough residents to bring in historical and cultural items relating to our town for the library to scan and digitize at its "Westborough: Your Town - Your History" Scanning Day. People brought in photographs, documents, uniforms,... more
Weymouth Public Libraries Historical Photograph Collection
Represented here are photographs, drawings, and other visual materials that depict people, property, events and daily life in Weymouth during the years of 1874 to 1982.
Wilbraham Town Archives Photographic Collection
The Wilbraham Public Library's Town Archives collection includes 10 archival boxes of several hundred photographs, mostly dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s. At some point, they were divided up loosely by subjects such as Churches, Agriculture, Businesses, Private Schools, Public Schools,... more
William L. Machmer Papers, 1899-1955 (bulk 1924-1953)
Enjoying one of the longest tenures of any administrator in the history of the University of Massachusetts, William Lawson Machmer served under five presidents across 42 years, helping to guide the university through an economic depression, two world wars, and three name changes. During... more