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Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
American Civil War 20th Massachusetts Regiment (Collection of Distinction)
In 1892, Boston Public Library accessioned the personal collection of Francis W. Palfrey, a colonel in the American Civil War (1861–1865). These 287 books formed the cornerstone of the 20th Massachusetts Regiment Collection, a collection now totaling over 6,000 items including printed 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
Anne Sullivan Photograph Collection
Historical Background For nearly five decades, Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher, friend, and constant companion. This collection contains portraits of Sullivan, images of her with Helen Keller and other images and documents that pertain to her life. Anne Sullivan was born in April... more
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
Arabella Chandler McClintock Bellamy Fabric Design Collection (GC006)
This collection consists of items from the Arabella Chandler McClintock Bellamy Fabric Design Collection (GC006) 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.
Architectural Heritage Foundation collection (CC006)
This collection consists of items from the Architectural Heritage Foundation collection (CC006) 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.
Archives for Women in Medicine
This collection consists of items from the Archives for Women in Medicine collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Arthur and Madeline Slicer Turnvereine Stein Collection
The Art and Madeline Slicer Turnvereine Stein collection consists of 132 items, 106 of which are German beer steins and other drinking vessels; the remaining 26 items are memorabilia. The collection was donated to Springfield College Archives in March 2015 by Art and Madeline Slicer, classes of... more
Artifact Collection
Collection of artifacts collected, preserved, and made accessible by Williams Special Collections.
Artwork and Artifacts
This collection consists of items from the Artwork and Artifacts collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Artwork Collection, 1654-2003
Over the years, SCUA has become home to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art pertaining to three of its key thematic collecting areas: the University of Massachusetts Amherst, New England, and social change. The Artwork Collection is comprised of miscellaneous works... 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
The Boston Printmakers Collection
The idea for establishing The Boston Printmakers came from faculty members and students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, whose goal was to promote printmaking in Boston. At the invitation of Arthur Heintzelman, Boston Public Library’s first Keeper of Prints and an... more
Brinley Family Papers, 1643-1950
A prosperous family of merchants and landowners, the Brinleys were well ensconced among the social and political elite of colonial New England. Connected by marriage to other elite families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts — the Auchmutys, Craddocks, and Tyngs among them — the Brinleys... 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.
Button Collection
This collection consists of items from the Button 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.
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.
Castonguay Carved Bird Collection at West Yarmouth Library
Donated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. Harold Castonguay's daughter Ann, the collection includes 40 intricately carved and painted figures of waterfowl, songbirds and shorebirds. Carved by Russell Pratt Burr of Hingham, the birds are in miniature and mounted on pieces of driftwood.About the... more
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
Center Programs, Initiatives, and Crowd-sourced Projects
This collection consists of items from the Center Programs, Initiatives, and Crowd-sourced Projects collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be... more
Clothing Collection
This collection consists of items from the Clothing 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.
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.
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Boston Public Library holds thousands of American manuscripts, printed books, and documents from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. The materials document American intellectual and political life before, during, and shortly after the Revolution. Highlights include: over 1,300 individual... more
Condolence Letters and Clippings
This is a bound collection of letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings that were sent to Helen Keller and collected following the death of Anne Sullivan Macy, her teacher and companion for forty-nine years. It includes messages of sympathy from many well-known people of the day, such as... 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
Cuneiform Tablets
Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known writing systems. Cuneiform first appeared in Sumer (present day Iraq), ca. 3400 B.C.E. Glyphs were created by pressing wedge-shaped reeds onto the surface of clay tablets. Surviving cuneiform tablets are written in a number of languages and record a... more
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.
Early, Rare, and Exceptional Items from Special Collections, Rare Books
A curated selection of highlights from across the many collections held by the Boston Public Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided... 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
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
35. 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.
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
Fine and Historic Bookbindings (Collection of Distinction)
Boston Public Library's collection of fine bookbindings includes examples from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas during a time period that spans the 15th–20th centuries. The collection falls into three major categories. Bindings from the Medieval period to the first quarter of the... more
First Parish in Brookline Artifacts Collection
This collection contains artifacts and museum objects amassed at First Parish in Brookline from 1717-present. It includes furniture, paintings, photographs, awards, and religious or faith-based objects and secular objects that were used during services, to conduct church business, or donated to... more
Fiske Public Library Helen Keller
Items from the Helen Keller collection at the Fiske Public Library in Wrentham.
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.
General architectural and cartographic collection (AR001)
This collection consists of items from the General architectural and cartographic collection (AR001) 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.
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.
Gleason Leonard Archer Personal Papers, 1790-1999 (MS108)
This collection consists of items from the Gleason Leonard Archer Personal Papers, 1790-1999 (MS108) 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
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.
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
Halfdan M. Hanson (1884-1952) architectural collection (AR010)
This collection consists of items from the Halfdan M. Hanson (1884-1952) architectural collection (AR010) 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.
Harry C. Belcher Lepidoptera Collection
Harry C. Belcher (1923-1998) of East Weymouth, Massachusetts began collecting butterflies in 1952 and amassed a collection of more than 5,000 specimens by the time he donated his collection to the Weymouth Public Libraries in 1974. As well as butterflies, the collection includes moths, beetles,... more
Harvard Forest Martha's Vineyard Collection
The Harvard Forest Martha's Vineyard Collection contains images focusing on locations on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
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
Historic Newton Early Photograph Collection
The Historic Newton Early Photograph Collection contains images relating to a number of Newton’s prominent families (Jackson, Lord, Bacon) and individual citizens. The majority of the images consist of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes that were originally part of some of these family... more
History of Williams and Higher Education
This collection consists of items from the History of Williams and Higher Education collection hosted by Williams College. 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.
Jeffery Amherst Collection
Collection documenting the military career of Jeffrey Amherst in the British Army, including correspondence, portraits, news clippings, bills, and medals. The bulk of the collection spans 1757-1797. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in Amherst, MA.
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
Lee Library Historical Photograph Collection
The Lee Library Association was organized in 1874 and was granted the use of two large rooms in Memorial Hall. In 1903, funds were secured from Andrew Carnegie, the Town of Lee, and generous citizens to build a new library. The Lee Library--built from Lee marble and completed in 1907--is the... more
Lenox Historical Society Collection
Represented here are items that document history local to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Leominster, MA, Municipal Building (City Hall) Time Capsule, 1915
Presented here are items included in the time capsule sealed within the cornerstone of Leominster’s then-new municipal building during the town’s 175th-anniversary celebration on July 4-5, 1915. Later the same year, Leominster became a city. The capsule was remembered, located, and successfully... more
Liturgy and life collection
This collection consists of items from the Liturgy and life 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.
Local History Photograph Collection
The Town of Lenox has a varied history, from its involvement in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as the Shire Town for Berkshire County, as a regional industrial center, as part of the New England Lake District literary period, as a home for the Gilded Age cottagers, and as a place of musical... more
Locke-Ober Cafe collection (CC008)
This collection consists of items from the Locke-Ober Cafe collection (CC008) 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.
Lowell Mason House Collection
Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is best known as the founder of American school music education. Although he also composed and arranged hymn tunes and published many influential tune books that had a national audience, his greatest historical legacy is his work as a pioneer music educator--first at the... more
Manual Arts and Vocational Training
This collection of photographs relate to Manual Training, Manual Arts, Independent Living Skills, Vocational Training and workshops for adults who are blind. Piano tuning, sewing, chair caning, and animal husbandry are among the subjects. Throughout the history of Perkins School for the Blind,... more
Manuscripts and Archives
This collection consists of items from the Manuscripts and Archives collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive
The Lecco’s Lemma collection consists of artist demo tapes and broadcasts from the Lecco’s Lemma radio show, a rap music show that was founded by Magnus Johnstone and ran from 1985 to 1988 on local college radio stations WMBR (88.1 FM) and WZBC (90.3 FM). The Lecco’s Lemma collection contains... more
Merwin House collection (MS041)
This collection consists of items from the Merwin House collection (MS041) 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.
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
Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection (PC047)
This collection consists of items from the Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection (PC047) 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.
Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal collection (MS028)
This collection consists of items from the Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal collection (MS028) 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.
Non-Historic New England periodicals (SC002)
This collection consists of items from the Non-Historic New England periodicals (SC002) 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.
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
Ogden Codman, Jr. architectural collection (AR022)
This collection consists of items from the Ogden Codman, Jr. architectural collection (AR022) 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.
Old-Time New England (SC001)
This collection consists of items from the Old-Time New England (SC001) 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.
The Parson Capen House and the Captain Joseph Gould Barn
The Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve-acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682. He served his congregation for forty years,... more
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002)
This collection consists of items from the Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002) 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.
Rare Books and Journals
This collection consists of items from the Rare Books and Journals collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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
Selected items from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Digitized presentations of selections from the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library.
St. Mary’s High School, Lawrence, Mass.
In 1859, the first St. Mary’s School was a wood frame building for girls and was run by the Sisters of Notre Dame. The boys’ school was started in 1869. The Xaverian Brothers began teaching the older boys in the 1880s. The original granite St. Mary’s Church became the second building for both... more
Students with Deafblindness at the Perkins School for the Blind
This is a collection of photographs of students, as well as their teachers, at the Perkins School for the Blind from 1890 to 1950. The students, ranging in age from kindergarten to adulthood, are shown in formal portraits, as well as in their daily activities. The collection highlights various... more
Suffolk University Records
This collection consists of items from the Suffolk University Records 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.
Tad Chapman Artifacts Collection
Winthrop "Tad" Chapman (1915-1996) was a student in the deafblind program at the Perkins Institute (now the Perkins School for the Blind). He lost his vision and hearing at the age of four as result of spinal meningitis. The Tadoma method of communication was named for Tad and Oma Simpson,... more
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923). Lithographs, Etchings, and Other Works
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (French, born Switzerland, 1859-1923) was an illustrator, printmaker, painter, and sculptor. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Steinlen studied at the University of Lausanne and worked as an apprentice designer in a textile factory before settling in the Montmartre... more
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). Prints and Drawings
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) was an English painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. Born in London, Rowlandson was a student at the Royal Academy and also made study trips to Paris. He established himself as a portrait painter while continuing his early interest in drawing... more
Trade card albums collection (EP003)
This collection consists of items from the Trade card albums collection (EP003) 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.
Tucker family papers (MS033)
This collection consists of items from the Tucker family papers (MS033) 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.
Warren Anatomical Museum
This collection consists of items from the Warren Anatomical Museum collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Westborough High School History Archives
Materials in the Westborough High School History Archives explore the history of Westborough High School from the late 1800s to the end of the 20th century. The collection incliudes such items as class photographs, sports keepsakes, letters and other school-related documentation, school... more
"Westborough: Your Town - Your History" Scanning Day, 2017
On February 4, 2017, the Westborough Public Library asked Westborough residents to bring in historical and cultural items relating to our town for the library to scan and digitize at its "Westborough: Your Town - Your History" Scanning Day. People brought in photographs, documents, uniforms,... more