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3. Waban Historical Collection

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 civic life of, and provide insight into, Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from... more

4. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Collection

This collection contains more than 300 volumes relating to and by Walt Whitman. The collection was founded by Whitman's earliest biographer, Dr. Richard M. Bucke. In 1896, four years after the poet's death, Bucke gave to Boston Public Library a large group of Whitman's material, much of which he... more

6. 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

9. Wayland Massachusetts Historical Town Records (AKA Sudbury, Massachusetts (1638-1780), East Sudbury, Massachusetts (1780-1835), & Cochituate Massachusetts (1848 to date))

In 1638, when only Native American trails crossed the land, Mr. Pendleton, Mr. Noyes, and Mr. Brown petitioned the General Court for the New Plantation by Concord, just four miles south by the river. From an artifact found along the river, we know that Native Americans have been in this area for... more

13. Wilbraham Library Trustees Minutes

These documents include library trustees minutes and related documents in the Wilbraham Public Library, beginning with 1942 when Miss Ruth Abbott was hired. The library keeps the originals of minutes of the Trustees' Meetings perpetually, and these can be viewed upon request.