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W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. chambers papers on the Boston Schools Desegregation Case
The papers in this collection constitute a day-to-day file documentation of the "Boston Schools Case," a class action lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Boston School Committee. The 1974 case (Morgan v. Hennigan, 379 F. Supp. 410) went to trial before Federal District... 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
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
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
West Bridgewater History
Items from the West Bridgewater Public Library about the history of the town of West Bridgewater.
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
Westhampton (Mass.) Town Records, 1779-1901
Originally settled by Europeans in 1762, the town of Westhampton, Massachusetts, was separated from adjacent Northampton and incorporated in September 1778. Situated in the western reaches of Hampshire County, it was principally an agricultural town, producing apples, other fruit, and... more
William Penn Brooks Papers, 1863-1939 (bulk 1863-1896)
Brooks entered the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1871 and graduated in 1875. In 1877, he accepted an invitation from the Japanese government to continue the work begun by Clark to establish the Sapporo Agricultural School. His papers consist of correspondence, photographs,... more
Willis H. White Papers, 1874-1966 (Bulk: 1919-1942)
A convinced Friend who became an advocate for peace, Willis H. White was a member of the East Greenwich Monthly Meeting. A secretary in the Providence-based real estate firm William H. White & Sons, White was active in several organizations promoting peace and spiritual renewal... more
Winthrop Handwriting Collection
A collection of correspondence and signatures by historically significant persons, including politicians, statesmen and military leaders. Included among these are Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and... more