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Lancaster, Massachusetts Historical Image Collection
Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County and the earliest permanent settlement in the central part of the state. It is located in the beautiful Nashua Valley, and its center is near the "Meeting of the Waters," where the north and south branches of the Nashua... more
Lancaster, Massachusetts. History 1643-1879
Henry Stedman Nourse (1831-1903) was the guiding intelligence behind the development of the Lancaster Collection, for which he left an endowment in his will. The various scrapbooks of local source material that he complied provide a wealth of information not available elsewhere. Aside from his... more
Langdon family papers (MS040)
This collection consists of items from the Langdon family papers (MS040) 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.
Laura Bridgman Collection
This collection includes portraits, photos of textiles, personal items, and selected writings of Laura Bridgman from 1841 to 1889 at the Perkins Institution for the Blind, South Boston (now Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts). We are grateful to Dartmouth College Rauner... more
Lawrence City Mission
This collection is composed of a variety of printed materials -- annual reports, announcements, programs, and one paper bag printed with a solicitation for donations of food for Thanksgiving.  
Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection
The Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection contains photographs from 1850 to present, which chronicle the history of the people and places of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Lawrence, Mass. Before Redevelopment Photograph Collection
The Lawrence redevelopment of the late 1960s included a section of mostly residential properties in an area north of the high school and the common. The neighborhood chosen was bound from White to Lawrence streets and ran from Haverhill Street just west of the high school to Maple Street. The... more
Lawrence, Mass. Semi-centennial
The city started the 50th anniversary of Lawrence's incorporation as a city on Monday June 1, 1903. Homing pigeons were freed at the Dracut Car Barn at 7:00 AM to later come to roost in the Lawrence coops. There were monetary prizes for the fastest birds. For the next three days they hosted a... more
Lawrence, Mass. Textile Strike of 1912
The Lawrence textile workers strike of 1912 began January 12 and ended March 14 of that year. 27,000 workers were affected and the cost would be figured at around $3,000,000 in lost wages, revenue, extra expense in policing, and harm to the general business community. 500 people were arrested... more
Laws, Regulations and Commerce Collection
This collection includes documents relating to laws, regulations, and the general conduct of commerce during the period of dramatic change from the late-19th century through the Great Depression and World War II.