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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
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
Cotton and Prince Papers
This collection consists primarily of correspondence between various members of the Cotton and Prince families, including John Cotton the younger (1640-1699), Rowland Cotton (1667-1722), Nathaniel Cotton (1698-1729), Thomas Prince (1687-1758), and Nathan Prince (1698-1748). There are also... 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
Grove Hall Memory Project
The Grove Hall Memory Project was an effort by the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library to capture stories and images from the lives of Roxbury residents and to explore the role of Roxbury in twentieth-century Boston. The goal of the project was to provide audio/visual "snapshots" of... more
Hugo Münsterberg Collection, 1890-1916
Hugo Münsterberg (June 1, 1863-December 16, 1916) was born in Danzing, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1885 and his medical degree in 1887. Münsterberg met William James in 1891 and, in 1892, James invited him to a three-year term in the psychological laboratory at Harvard.... more
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
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the... more
Rufus W. Griswold Papers, 1834-1857
Rufus Griswold (1815-1857) was the editor of Graham's Magazine and the publisher of American literature and poetry in the mid-19th century. This collection contains the near entirety of Rufus Griswold's correspondence between the years 1834 and 1857. In particular, it reflects his business... 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
Thomas Prince Library and Collection of the Old South Church
Comprising approximately 2,000 volumes of printed matter containing nearly 3,500 individual editions, the Thomas Prince Library and Collection of the Old South Church represents the combined collections of co-ministers Thomas Prince and Joseph Sewall, with additional books and manuscripts from... more
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
Victoria Woodhull Martin Papers, 1883-1927
Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin) Woodhull (1838-1927) was a campaigner for women’s rights and an advocate of sexual freedom. Woodhull was born Victoria Claflin in Homer, Licking County, Ohio in 1838. At the age of fifteen, she married Dr. Canning Woodhull and had two children, Byron and Zulu/Zula... more