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Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
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
Abigail B. Homer family papers (MS035)
This collection consists of items from the Abigail B. Homer family papers (MS035) 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.
Advertisements
The collection contains items from a large scrapbook of advertisements. Pictures of the old masters are on the recto side of the items, while the advertisements are on the verso. The pages are black and the advertisements are hand-lettered in many colors with colored illustrations pasted on.  
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911). Prints and Drawings
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) was a French painter, etcher, sculptor, and medallist. Born in Dijon in 1851, he went to Paris to study, took up etching in 1855, and in 1857 exhibited for the first time at the annual Paris Salon. In 1863, with the encouragement of the American artist James Abbott... 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Annisquam Historical Society's Collection of Historical Documents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
Antebellum Citations
These materials were used in support of a public program.
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
Arthur Elliot graphic collection (GC005)
This collection consists of items from the Arthur Elliot graphic collection (GC005) 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.
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.
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 Matchcovers Collection
The bookmatch was patented in the 1890s by John Pusey, a Pennsylvania patent lawyer, who sold the patent outright to the Diamond Match Company in 1896. Soon after the sale, the bookmatch became hugely popular as an advertising giveaway and the first crudely printed example of its use appeared in... more
Boston Pictorial Archive (Collection of Distinction)
The Boston Pictorial Archive is one of the largest distinct collections of images related to Boston held by a public institution and the essential resource for Boston architectural, social, and neighborhood history. It includes more than 6,000 images on paper representing the visual history of... more
Boston Theatre Broadsides - Spring 1857
This collection of broadside advertisements from the Boston Theatre date from the 1856-1857 theatrical season. The theatre, located at 539 Washington Street, opened in 1854 with seating for over 3,000 patrons. The venue hosted not only theatrical productions but also grand opera, ballet,... more
Bowen family papers (MS006)
This collection consists of items from the Bowen family papers (MS006) 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.
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
British Artists
Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Brockton's Golden Age of Theater: Brockton City Theatre Packets 1884-1922
Brockton enjoyed an active and rich theater life during the late nineteenth century into the early years of the twentieth century. The "crowning glory" of Main Street during this golden age was City Theatre. Boasting a house orchestra, the first theater electrically lit by an outside station... more
Brookline Photograph Collection
Represented here are postcards and photographs that mainly depict views of Brookline from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. The core of the photograph collection is made up of photographs that were donated to the library in the late 1920s by Town Clerk Edward W. Baker.
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.
C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016)
This collection consists of items from the C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016) 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.
Cambridge World War I Memorial Plaques
This set of wood plaques honors soldiers from Cambridge, Mass. who died in World War I. The plaques were dedicated in 1928 by Edward W. Quinn, Mayor (1918-1929) and put on display in the War Memorial Athletic Facility in Cambridge, Mass. Each plaque bears an image of the solider on a copper... more
Camp Wapello, Friendship, Maine collection (CC015)
This collection consists of items from the Camp Wapello, Friendship, Maine collection (CC015) 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.
Canton Historical Commission Photos of Canton, 1965, by Edward D. Galvin (this print collection held at the Canton Historical Society)
The Canton Historical Commission was appointed by the Canton Board of Selectmen circa 1964 and its members elected Edward D. Galvin to serve as Chair. The group decided to photograph a wide variety of buildings and landmarks to document what the town looked like in 1965, as Canton was then going... more
Carmen A. Pola Papers
This collection consists of items from the Carmen A. Pola Papers 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.
Carver Public Library Cranberry Labels
A collection of cranberry labels donated to the Carver Public Library by Clark Griffith.
Celia Thaxter correspondence with Annie Fields, 1869-1893
This collection contains letters written by Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) between 1869 and 1893. The majority of the letters are addressed to American writer Annie Fields (1834-1915) and document Thaxter’s daily life: writing and other artistic endeavors, gardening, book discussions, family troubles... more
Charles L. Whipple Papers, 1925-1991
Charles Lewis Whipple was a noted journalist, editor, and the first ombudsperson for the Boston Globe. As a student at Harvard in the 1930s, Whipple joined the Young Communist League, carrying his radical politics with him when he joined the Globe staff in 1936 and became an active member of... more
Churches
34. Churches
Churches and other church- and religion-related photos, documents, and artifacts, all relating to Granville and surrounding towns.  
Citywide Educational Coalition Records
This collection consists of items from the Citywide Educational Coalition 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.
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
Civil War Women, Summer Institute 2008
These materials were used in support of a public program.
Clamshell Sun Quilt Collection, 1978
To raise funds for the restoration/occupation of the nuclear power plant at Seabrook, N.H., and to support the young Clamshell Alliance, antinuclear activists raffled off a hand-made quilt, a bicycle, totebag, and t-shirts at the 1978 Towards Tomorrow Fair at UMass Amherst. Designed by Carrie... more
Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection
The Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection is comprised of nearly 10,000 rare postcards dating from the 1890s that depict YMCA buildings, events, and activities in the United States and abroad. It provides a unique and valuable understanding of the significance of the YMCA around the world. The... 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.
Communist Party of Massachusetts Collection, 1932-1957
A branch of the Communist Party of the United States of America, the Communist Party of Massachusetts enjoyed strong popularity during the 1930s and 1940s, organizing the textile and other manufacturing industries. This small collection is comprised of a miscellaneous assemblage of fliers,... 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
Countryside and Scenes
Located in the Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts, Granville is known for its scenic countryside, quaint village settings, and rolling farmland. This collection includes photos taken by local photographers, summer visitors, and Granville families. George Aldrich, a local amateur... more
Desroches Family Photographic Collection (PC071)
This collection consists of items from the Desroches Family Photographic Collection (PC071) 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.
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.
Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002)
This collection consists of items from the Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002) 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.
Doyle's Cafe Memorabilia
Doyle's Cafe was a popular community gathing space located at 3484 Washington Street in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Doyle's opened its doors in 1882 and grew from a one-room Irish pub to a three-room bar and restaurant that was host to both locals and tourists alike. It was also known... more
Drag Show Programs
This collection consists of items from the Drag Show Programs 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.
East Coast FTM Group Organizational Records
This collection consists of items from the East Coast FTM Group Organizational Records 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.
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 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 Formative Years (1899-1928)
Presented here are items that illustrate the early years in the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (originally Our Lady of the Elms Academy, popularly known as Elms College), from 1899 to 1928. The academy, named on August 2, 1899, was co-founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph (SSJ);... more
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
English Caricature and Political Satire, 18th and 19th Centuries
Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Ephemera
61. Ephemera
This collection consists of items from the Ephemera 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.
Ephemera collection, 2011 donation (EP002)
This collection consists of items from the Ephemera collection, 2011 donation (EP002) 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.
Ephemera collection (EP001)
This collection consists of items from the Ephemera collection (EP001) 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.
Essex County Fair
In 1818, the Essex Agricultural Society was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year. The goal of the fledgling Society, formed by a group of "practical farmers" who first met on February 16, 1818, was "to promote and improve the agricultural interests of farmers and others in... more
Fantasia Fair: Advertisements
This collection consists of items from the Fantasia Fair: Advertisements 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.
Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents
This collection consists of items from the Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents 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.
Fantasia Fair: Programs, Participant Guides, and Directories
This collection consists of items from the Fantasia Fair: Programs, Participant Guides, and Directories 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.
Fifield Family Collection
The Fifield Family Collection contains correspondence, personal papers, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts created or collected by three generations of Fifield family members. Dr. Noah Fifield (1783-1867) moved to Weymouth in 1806. For more than sixty years, he maintained a large and... more
The Fine Arts Collection of The Winsor School
The Winsor School's art collection includes paintings, works on paper, and sculpture as well as a variety of decorative arts. Benefactors donated the majority of the artwork. Artwork ranges from oil paintings, prints, and drawings to textiles and murals; it ranges from historic to contemporary,... more
For the Dinner of the First City Government
Presented here is a letter (postmarked Jan. 1, 1889) addressed to the Honorable James F. C. Hyde, Newton's first Mayor, who served 1874-1875. 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... more
Ford Hall Forum Collection, 1910-2013 (MS113)
This collection consists of items from the Ford Hall Forum Collection, 1910-2013 (MS113) 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 Commonwealth.
Fore River Shipyard Postcard Collection
The Fore River Shipyard Postcard Collection, donated by Wayne G. Miller, is comprised of over 270 postcards dating from 1896 to 1980. The postcards are related to the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts and depict Quincy-built battleships, schooners, freighters, destroyers, submarines,... more
Frank Chouteau Brown professional architectural collection (AR003)
This collection consists of items from the Frank Chouteau Brown professional architectural collection (AR003) 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.
Frank J. Miranda Papers
This collection consists of items from the Frank J. Miranda Papers 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.
Frank N. Fowler Postcard Collection
The Frank N. Fowler Postcard Collection is a rich compilation of historical information about various towns and cities in Massachusetts. Frank traveled around collecting postcards and then visiting the sights depicted in scenes on the cards. He met with and talked to local town people who told... more
Freedom House, Inc. Records
This collection consists of items from the Freedom House, Inc. 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.
French Artists
Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Frieda Garcia Papers
This collection consists of items from the Frieda Garcia Papers 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.
General photographic collection (PC001)
This collection consists of items from the General photographic collection (PC001) 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.
George R. Coffin Diary, 1854-1857
The son of a master mariner from Newburyport, Massachusetts, George Richards Coffin was born in Castine, Maine, on Feb. 12, 1832. Sent to Boston at the age of 19 to get his start in business as a clerk, Coffin became a wharfinger in 1854, just a year before he married Hannah Balch, the eldest... more
Great Chelsea Fire of 1908
This collection is comprised of postcards, memorabilia, city documents, photographs, and other items from the Chelsea Public Library Archives, relating to the Great Chelsea Fire that burned nearly half the city on Palm Sunday, April 12th 1908.
Gropius family papers (MS012)
This collection consists of items from the Gropius family papers (MS012) 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.
Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) professional papers (MS020)
This collection consists of items from the Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) professional papers (MS020) 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.
Helen Keller Collection
The photographs in this collection span the life of Helen Keller, from her early childhood to her years at Perkins School for the Blind and beyond. Photos of her years with Anne Sullivan Macy and Polly Thomson are included. There are special sections from her adult life as Advocate and Traveler,... more
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Prints and Drawings
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Although he regularly exhibited paintings and drawings throughout his career, Lautrec is best known for his lithographs and especially his posters, which celebrate the cabarets and the performers active in the... more
Henry Whittemore Library Collection
The Special Collections and Archives at Framingham State University were established in the early 1970s in order to collect, preserve and provide access to materials that reflect the history and development of the university. Such materials include non-current university records, publications,... more
Herman B. Nash Papers, ca. 1935-2010
In 1944, eighteen-year old Herman B. "Keek" Nash enlisted in the Army, and after intensive Japanese language training, was assigned for duty as an intelligence officer in American-occupied Osaka, Japan. Settling in northern New Jersey after his discharge from the service in 1947, Nash held a... more
Historic New England properties photographic collection (PC006)
This collection consists of items from the Historic New England properties photographic collection (PC006) 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.
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Archives and Local History Collection
The mission of the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth is to preserve, promote and interpret the history of Yarmouth and its people. The Society maintains a growing collection of account books; shipping records; personal papers; business, church and organization records; family histories; and... more
Houses and Other Structures
Granville has a remarkable number of significant historical homes and structures, many of which are on record with the Massachusetts Historical Commission MACRIS database. Several areas of town are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Historical Room has collected images... more
H.P. Hood Company records (CC001)
This collection consists of items from the H.P. Hood Company records (CC001) 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.
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
Informational and Event Brochures
This collection consists of items from the Informational and Event Brochures 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.
International Foundation for Gender Education Publications and Documents
This collection consists of items from the International Foundation for Gender Education Publications and Documents 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.
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I (CC010)
This collection consists of items from the Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I (CC010) 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.
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection II (CC011)
This collection consists of items from the Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection II (CC011) 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.
Isaac Hull Papers, 1791-1862
Isaac Hull (1773-1843) served as lieutenant on USS Constitution throughout the Quasi-War with France and commanded USS Argus during the Barbary Wars. He assumed command of USS Constitution in June 1810 and won the first American frigate victory of the War of 1812 when he defeated HMS Guerriere... more
Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Records
The records and images in this collection begin with documents relating to the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club's 1924 purchase of the historic Loring-Greenough House, which then became the meeting place and focal point for social and education programming for the club. In more recent decades,... more
James Regan
Augustine “Gussie” D. Regan was born in 1898 in Lawrence, Mass. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis F. Regan. He died November 7, 1918 at Latimni, just before the Armistice was called. He was a corporal in Company K of 23rd Infantry. His friends, the “West End Boys,” enlisted together, July... more
Jewett family papers (MS014)
This collection consists of items from the Jewett family papers (MS014) 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.