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1878 Map of Newton Center
Presented here is a hand drawn, pen and ink street map of Newton Centre. 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... more
Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
American Antiquarian Society Collection
American Antiquarian Society Founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books,... more
American Revolutionary War-Era Maps (Collection of Distinction)
With the first battles of the American Revolution occurring in the Boston area, one of the most important historical time periods represented in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century holdings is the American Revolutionary War era, defined broadly as 1750 to 1800. This collection... more
American Textile History Museum Image Collection
This collection represents a selection of images from the American Textile History Museum, including prints, photographs, and insurance maps. These items reflect many different aspects of the American textile industry: images of textile companies (interior and exterior), textile machinery,... 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Annisquam Historical Society's Collection of Historical Documents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
Archives & Special Collections - Amherst College
This collection holds hundreds of digitized objects from the Archives & Special Collections of Amherst College. The criteria for selecting materials for digitization from Archives & Special Collections are based on the materials' scholarly and cultural significance, the impact of... more
Arlington Historical Maps including Menotomy and the Old Burying Ground
Represented are historical maps of Arlington, Massachusetts. Included is a map of an existing historical cemetery in Arlington, Massachusetts, which dates back to the 1700s. Burial locations for individuals are noted and include Jason Russell and other Patriots of the American Revolution. This... more
Arnold Arboretum Maps and Plans
Since its inception in 1872, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has collected maps of its grounds and hardscape. These large-format documents provide valuable information to researchers and staff. Over 130 of these documents are now available in digital format. Most were produced in the... more
Barre Historical Society Map Collection
The Barre Historical Society has archived a collection of maps pertaining to the settlement and development of the Town of Barre, Massachusetts, from the late 1700s to the present day. These maps include residential, business, and public space locations, as well as school districts. Certain maps... more
Becker collection
This collection consists of items from the Becker 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.
Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers, 1831-1921 (Bulk: 1851-1915)
The papers of Benjamin Smith Lyman (1835-1920), a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and a geologist/mining engineer who worked in Japan at the request of the Meiji government to introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques, illuminate aspects of late nineteenth... more
Berkley Public Library Local History
This series includes materials from the Berkley Public Library Local History collection.
Beverly Picture Collection
Historic images of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Blue Books of Newton
Presented here are directories, which usually include a folding map of Newton, list of residents by name and by street address with illustrated advertisements and business directory, clubs and societies, location of fire boxes, seating plan of theatres and concert halls in the area including... more
Boston and New England Maps (Collection of Distinction)
The primary geographical focus of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century Boston and New England Maps Collection is the local region, encompassing Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. The collection consists of more than 600 maps of the city of Boston and approximately 1,000... more
Boston Athenaeum, Cartographic Collection
Boston Athenæum Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. In creating the Boston Athenæum, their purpose was to form "an establishment similar to that of the Athenæum and Lyceum of... more
Bourne Archives Map Collection
This collection of maps shows the villages, neighborhoods, and historic sites of the Town of Bourne, including the Cape Cod Canal.
Bourne Archives Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs documents the villages of the Town of Bourne, the inhabitants and the areas, historic houses, and sites, and the various incarnations of the Cape Cod Canal.
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.