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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
Aldin Grout Papers, 1833-2002 (bulk 1833-1894)
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
Annisquam Historical Society's Collection of Historical Documents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
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
The Appleton Family Photo Album Collection
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
Archives & Special Collections - Amherst College
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
Barrett family papers (MS007)
This collection consists of items from the Barrett family papers (MS007) 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.
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House collection (MS036)
This collection consists of items from the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House collection (MS036) 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.
Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers, 1831-1921 (Bulk: 1851-1915)
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
Bernard Jaffe Papers, 1955-2016
A New York native with a deep commitment to social justice, Bernard Jaffe was an attorney, confidant, and longtime friend of W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois. In 1951, Jaffe joined Du Bois's defense team at a time when the civil rights leader was under indictment for failing to... more
Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little papers (MS015)
This collection consists of items from the Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little papers (MS015) 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.
Boston City Hospital Collection
This collection documents the history of the Boston City Hospital from 1864-1996. Parts of this collection were originally in the custody of the Boston City Hospital Library. The collection includes Board of Trustees minutes and records; published reports of the hospital; administrative files... more
Boston (Mass.) Overseers of the Poor Indentures, 1734-1805
From 1630-1692, Boston's poor were the responsibility of the town Selectmen who believed that the welfare of the individual should come second to the religious and secular needs of the community and, conversely, that the community had a responsibility to the welfare of the individual. Thus,... more
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital Collection
This collection contains photographs, documents, and monographs from the early history (late 19th century to mid-20th century) of Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Contents include the founding Faulkner family, the Faulkner Hospital Training School for Nurses (later known as the... more
Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection
The Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection consists of collected papers and documents related to the town of Brookline, including family papers, letters, deeds, wills, account books, political and military history, church and school documents, and various miscellaneous articles.
Burgett-Irey Family Papers, 1832-2012
Born in 1908 to Louis and Sarah Kessel Burgett, Katherine grew up on the family farm outside of Oquawka, Illinois. In 1924 her parents purchased their own farm in Monmouth, which they later lost due to the devastating impact of the Depression on agriculture, and it was there that she... more
Cape Cod Association Collection, 1851-1969
The Cape Cod Association was founded in 1851 to "encourage and promote among all the native born and descended of Cape Cod, temperance, industry, sincerity, good humor, charity, the social affections and generous sentiments." In 1877, the Association shifted its focus from social activities and... more
Carmen A. Pola Papers
This collection consists of items from the Carmen A. Pola Papers collection hosted by Northeastern University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters
This collection consists of items from the Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters collection hosted by Wellesley College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Charles C. Perkins (1823-1886) Collection
Charles Callahan Perkins (1823-1886) spent much of his life in Boston as an author, art critic, and supporter of cultural activity, especially related to art and music. Following his studies at Harvard College, Perkins pursued additional studies in Europe. He is well known in Boston as a founder... more
A City of Refugees, the Memories of Cambodia Collection
This collection was donated to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Lowell History by Dorothea Gemos Tsapasaris. Dorothea taught English as a Second Language [ESL] in the Lowell Schools. She was one of the first educators in the late 1980s, early 1990s to gather the stories and... more
Citywide Educational Coalition Records
This collection consists of items from the Citywide Educational Coalition Records collection hosted by Northeastern University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Civil Defense Photographs
The National Archives at Boston provides access to and preserves the permanently valuable historical records of Federal agencies based in the New England states. Among our holdings are photographs from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, Region 1, which existed from 1958 to 1961. These... 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
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
Codman family papers (MS001)
This collection consists of items from the Codman family papers (MS001) 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.
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
Condolence Letters and Clippings
This is a bound collection of letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings that were sent to Helen Keller and collected following the death of Anne Sullivan Macy, her teacher and companion for forty-nine years. It includes messages of sympathy from many well-known people of the day, such as... more
Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers, 1926-2001 (MS100)
This collection consists of items from the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers, 1926-2001 (MS100) collection hosted by Suffolk University, Moakley Archive & Institute. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital... more
Cooper-Frost-Austin family papers (MS039)
This collection consists of items from the Cooper-Frost-Austin family papers (MS039) 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.
Coralie Guertin Lajoie Collection, 1950-1951
When Capt. Henry Guertin, a native of Leominster, Mass., was ordered to active duty with the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War, his wife Rita relocated to Japan to raise their growing family in Kokura (Kyushu), Japan. Just 13 at the time and already used to the regular... more
Creative Design Services Miscellaneous Documents
Assembled here are miscellaneous official and legal documents and event pamphlets and programs related to Creative Design Services from 1989 through 1998. The event programs discuss social activities clubs, crossdressers, hormone therapy, and passing. The various documents include a royalty... more
D. H. Coggeshall Papers, 1869-1912
D. H. Coggeshall (1847-1912) made his living as an apiculturist in Tompkins County, N.Y., on the southeast edge of the Finger Lakes. Beginning by 1870, he sold honey or extracted honey, and occasionally bees, to customers and commission merchants as far away as the Midwest. ... more
David Entin Papers, 1966-2015 (Bulk: 1966-1968)
A worker in the struggle against poverty and racism for five decades, David Entin was raised in New York City environs until his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1953 when he was twelve years old. He began his anti-poverty work with the North Carolina volunteers, a pioneering early... more
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.
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
Elizabeth Battey Papers, 1900-1914
Elizabeth Battey served as a Housekeeper for aristocratic English families during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the turn of the century, she was employed by Frances Evelyn Greville the Countess of Warwick, and former mistress of the Price of Wales, to oversee the female staff... more
Elizabeth Hayward collection of Ursuline Academy materials
This collection consists of items from the Elizabeth Hayward collection of Ursuline Academy materials 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.
Elms College Founding and Early History (1928-1950)
Presented here are letters, personal memorabilia, and photographs that represent the founding and early history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1928 to 1950. After receiving a charter from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to confer degrees, Elms College became a... more
Elms College Middle Years (1950-1979)
Presented here are items that exhibit the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1950 to 1979. Bishop Christopher J. Weldon became the college's second president in 1949, and during the next three decades, Elms developed undergraduate programs in nursing, business... more
Elms College Presidents
Presented here are items that exhibit the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) through the photos, memorabilia, correspondence, transcribed speeches, and miscellaneous documents of its ten presidents: Bishop Thomas O'Leary, First President: 1928-1949; Bishop Christopher... more
Emily Dickinson Collection - Amherst College
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she lived for the rest of her life. Her family was intimately involved in the life of Amherst College from its founding until as recently as 1956 when inherited family papers were donated to the College by Millicent Todd... more
Emily Dickinson Collection, 1862-1907
This collection contains approximately 70 letters and 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911). In 1862, Emily Dickinson responded to an article by Thomas Wentworth Higginson entitled "Letter to a Young Contributor," which formed a personal and... more
Emily Tennyson Letters, 1858-1873
This collection contains 83 letters from Emily Lady Tennyson, wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), primarily to Margaret Gatty, children’s author and amateur marine biologist. The letters date from the time of Lady Tennyson and Mrs. Gatty’s first meeting in November 1858 through 1873,... 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