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Local History Photograph Collection
The Town of Lenox has a varied history, from its involvement in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as the Shire Town for Berkshire County, as a regional industrial center, as part of the New England Lake District literary period, as a home for the Gilded Age cottagers, and as a place of musical... more
Lower Roxbury Black History Project Records
This collection consists of items from the Lower Roxbury Black History Project Records collection hosted by Northeastern University Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Lyman Family Papers, 1839-1942
The descendants of Joseph Lyman (1767-1847) flourished in nineteenth century Northampton, Mass., achieving social prominence, financial success, and a degree of intellectual acclaim. Having settled in Northampton before 1654, just a generation removed from emigration, the Lymans featured... more
Maida Riggs Papers
This collection consists of items from the Maida Riggs 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 Digital Commonwealth.
Manuscripts and Archives
This collection consists of items from the Manuscripts and Archives collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Margaret Fuller Papers, 1837-1884
This collection contains approximately 154 letters, poems, fragments, and journal extracts written by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) from 1837 to 1850, including letters to William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Lewis Cass. This material provides insights into Fuller's thoughts about... more
Mark H. McCormack Papers, ca. 1920-2008 (bulk: 1957-2003)
Once hailed by Sports Illustrated as “the most powerful man in sport,” Mark Hume McCormack directly engineered the growth of money and media in modern professional sport. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in French and receiving a law degree from Yale,... more
Marrett family papers (MS018)
This collection consists of items from the Marrett family papers (MS018) 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.
Marstons Mills Historical Society Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs, postcards, and maps provides a portrait of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, a rural village in Barnstable County on Cape Cod. Marstons Mills has a long history in farming, fishing, and textiles and these images offer a glimpse of both historic locations and daily... more
Meekins Library, Williamsburg, Mass., Local History, Historic Photographs Collection
The Meekins Library has a small local history collection of photographs that document the towns and individuals of Williamsburg and Haydenville, Massachusetts, as well as some images of the local Western Massachusetts region. The largest unit is a series of stereographs that chronicle the... more
Methuen Historic Collection
The Methuen Historic Collection includes materials related the local history of Methuen and the surrounding areas. It includes city directories, high school yearbooks, postcards, and other historical and genealogical resources.
Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy Collection
Donated by this owner of a Columbus Avenue saloon, the collection consists of photographs of professional baseball in Boston and personal scrapbooks from the 1890's to 1912. Originally displayed at McGreevy's tavern, Third Base, the photographs form the largest collection of its kind. It... more
Murphy Postcard Collection
This collection consists of items from the Murphy Postcard collection hosted by Reading Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Nash-Scott Family Papers, 1781-1987
Long-time residents of Hadley, Massachusetts, the Nash and Scott families were united in 1881 when John Nash, a farmer, married Lizzie Scott. Of their seven children, Herman B. Nash, graduated from the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1917, and immediately enlisted in the army,... more
Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection (PC047)
This collection consists of items from the Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection (PC047) 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.
Newton Tradecards
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
Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal collection (MS028)
This collection consists of items from the Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal collection (MS028) 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.
Nineteenth-Century American Trade Cards
This collection consists of items from the Nineteenth-Century American Trade Cards collection hosted by Brandeis University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Norwell Historical Society Postcard Collection
Presented here are postcards of Norwell, Massachusetts. These postcards date from 1900 to 1972. Images depict streets, municipal buildings, businesses, events, etc. from the town.
Original works by Boston Architectural Club members
This series includes such items as sketchbooks, postcard collections, photography, ephemera, and individual sketches. These items were produced by Boston Architectural Club members as well as honorary members.
Paul E. Curran Historical Collection
The Town of Milford established the library on August 30, 1858. It existed in various locations between 1858 and 1886, when it moved into the Memorial Hall building. The library remained in this Civil War memorial building for one hundred years. A new facility was authorized by a vote of the... more
People, Portraits and Groups (Identified)
This collection includes portraits, groups, and other photos, where the primary content consists of people. Some photos may also commemorate events or have landmarks, structures, or other significant features included in the image. Most of the photos are Granville-related, although some are from... more
Perkins Postcards
This collection consists of postcards of the Perkins campus at its former locations in South Boston, the first kindergarten for the blind in Jamaica Plain, and Perkins' current location in Watertown, Massachusetts. The images are in both black and white and color and include views of the campus,... more
Photograph albums collection (PC009)
This collection consists of items from the Photograph albums collection (PC009) 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.
Photographic Collection
Williams College Photographic Collection contains material from the 1850s-current.
Photographs from Stevens-Coolidge Place Collection
This digital set represents all photographic material from the Stevens-Coolidge Place Collection, including photographs, photo albums, and negatives of Ashdale Farm and other properties; the Stevens, Kunhardt and Coolidge families; relatives and friends; John G. Coolidge's collection; and... more
Pine Beach Association Collection, 1922-1980
Founded in Athol, Mass., prior to1922, the Pine Beach Association operated a summer resort on the northern end of Lake Rohunta, a 383-acre reservoir owned largely by the Rodney Hunt Company. Recognizing the touristic and recreational opportunities, the Association built Pine Beach into a... more
Pine Manor College Photograph Collection
This photograph collection documents a wide variety of campus activities, events, student life, and people, including alumnae, faculty, staff, students, both the Wellesley and Chestnut Hill campuses, commencements and convocations, presidents, sports events, and parents weekend. The photographs... more
Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings
The Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings collection contains a selection of early 20th-century postcard views of Scottish Rite buildings in the United States. Includes both exterior and interior views.View the items in Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings
Printed Materials
A variety of collected textual materials from the Williams College Special Collection's holdings.
Quincy, Mass. Postcard Collection
The Quincy, Mass. Postcard Collection is comprised of 182 postcards. The postcards include views of landmarks relating to the Adams and Quincy families. Among the many churches portrayed in the collection, the United First Parish Church (“Church of the Presidents”), the interment place of two... more
Richard J. S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman Summer Camp collection, 1886-2010 (MS056)
This collection consists of items from the Richard J. S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman Summer Camp collection, 1886-2010 (MS056) 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.
Richard Jones Papers, ca. 1970-1991
Over the course of his esteemed dance career, Richard Jones performed with Eleo Pomare Company, the Miguel Godreau Dance Company, and the Xochipillian Dance Group. Jones was appointed to the staff of the University of Massachusetts on September 1, 1973, and remained with the department until... more
The Robert E. Brooker III Collection of American Legal and Land Use Documents, 1713-1945
This collection consists of items from the Robert E. Brooker III Collection of American Legal and Land Use Documents, 1713-1945 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.
Robert E. Dillon Papers, 1943-1946
A working class native of Ware, Mass., Robert E. Dillon was a student at Massachusetts State College when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. After his induction at Fort Devens, Mass., and training for the Quartermaster Corps in Virginia and California, Dillon was assigned to duty as a... more
Robert Francis Collection
Robert Churchill Francis (1901-1987) moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1926 to teach high school English. The teaching job lasted a single year; writing became his life's work. Francis was the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his writing career including the Golden Rose of the... more
Ronald Wayne Schrum Papers, 1966-1968
Born in Richmond, Va., in 1946, Ronald Wayne Schrum served as a corporal in the 9th Engineer Battalion, US Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War. Based in Chu Lai, on the coast 56 miles southeast of Da Nang, the 9th Engineers were responsible for the maintenance of bridges and roads, and perhaps... more
Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee (Collection of Distinction)
Spanning the years 1914–1967, the Aldino Felicani Collection: Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee Records documents the efforts and activities of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee to free Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti from prison for the murders of Frederick Parmenter and Alessandro... more
Samuel Smith Manuscript
Presented here is manuscript eventually published as "History of Newton, Massachusetts : town and city, from its earliest settlement to the present time, 1630-1880" in 1880. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental... more
Sarah (Sallie) Moore Field, Abbot Academy Class of 1904, Student Materials and Ephemera
Sarah "Sallie" Moore Field graduated from Abbot Academy in 1904 and lived until 1985 (age 103). This collection documents primarily Sarah Field's time at Abbot Academy (mostly 1900 to 1904) and suggests that she was a dutiful student. The majority of the collection comprises notebooks from her... more
Scenes from Hingham's Yesteryears -- Hingham Public Library's Postcard Collection
Hingham was one of the earliest towns settled in Massachusetts and has a rich and varied history. The Hingham Public Library's postcard collection contains over 100 images of Hingham scenes from the 1800s to the mid 1900s. They range from pastoral scenes and views of Hingham Harbor and Hingham... more
Selected Items from the Collection of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
This collection consists of items from the Selected Items from the Collection of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library collection hosted by Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in... more
Selected items from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Digitized presentations of selections from the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library.
Sharon Public Library Image Collection
Represented here are postcards and photographs that depict views of the Town of Sharon from 1860 through the 1970s. The core of the photo collection is made up of photographs that were donated to the library by various people who either resided in or were connected to families from the Town of... more
Somerville Public Library Local History Collection
The collection of the Somerville Public Library contains photographs, article clippings, and ephemera illustrating the social history of Somerville from 1841 to 1976. The items include photographs of the King and Vose families, images of the built landscape of Somerville, and Victorian trade cards.
South Hadley Postcard Collection
The postcard collection at the South Hadley Public Library includes views of Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley Falls, the town common, the Holyoke Dam, Connecticut River views and floods, as well as local churches, businesses, and points of interest.
Stephen Phillips Trust House Collection
Collection of postcards from Stephen Phillips House, a historic house and museum in Salem, Mass.
Swampscott Buildings
Interior and exterior views of Swampscott buildings, including shops, stores, inns, schools and the Swampscott Public Library.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson Correspondence, 1848-1909
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1823-1911, was an abolitionist, author, Civil War colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, and Unitarian minister from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1841, and went on to study theology at Harvard Divinity School. Higginson became... more
Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection
The Tichnor Brothers Collection contains approximately 25,000 office proofs of postcards of the United States published by the Boston firm Tichnor Brothers Inc. These are color postcards with a linen texture dated ca. 1930-1945. The concentration is on American vacation places.
Trade card albums collection (EP003)
This collection consists of items from the Trade card albums collection (EP003) 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.
Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
This collection consists of items from the Transas City Photographs (1950-2000) 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.
Travel Brochures Collection, 1916-1949
Long a favored destination for travelers due to its scenic coastline and rural landscapes, New England’s tourist industry evolved in parallel with transportation technologies. Rail lines opened summering opportunities in the interior of the region in the nineteenth century, and the... more
Travel Postcards of Charles Blumsack
Astronomer Charles Blumsack traveled extensively and his interest in astronomy showed in the postcard concentration of astronomical equipment and college astrology departments.
Truro, Massachusetts  Historical  Postcard Collection from the Truro Historical Society 1905-1986
Represented are postcards of historical Truro, Massachusetts. The images depict mainly places, views, buildings, seaside activities, and natural settings. Dates range from 1905-1986.
Tucker family papers (MS033)
This collection consists of items from the Tucker family papers (MS033) 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.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Collection
This collection consists of items from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries 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... more
University Photograph Collection, ca. 1867-2007
The archives of UMass Amherst contain tens of thousands of photographs and other works of art documenting the history of the University of Massachussets Amherst community from its founding in the 1860s to the present. The photographs in this collection come from a myriad of different... more
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.
Walt Whitman Collection
Contains manuscripts, correspondence, galley proofs, portraits, notes and printed material of Walt Whitman. Collected by William E. Barton (1861 – 1930). These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in Amherst, MA.
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