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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
Community-Based Collecting Projects
University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston occasionally collaborates with community partners to collect materials related to a particular topic, region, or event. Images and stories are often contributed by individuals... 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
36. 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
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
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.