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American Art Posters 1890-1920
With the invention of lithography in Germany in 1798 and its introduction into France and England during the first years of the 19th century, there was an increasing demand for images among the growing middle class. As the new technique allowed much larger editions than did the older techniques... more
American 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.
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 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
Anders Zorn (1860-1920). Etchings and Other Works
Anders Zorn (1860-1920) was a Swedish painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Born in Mora, Zorn’s early drawings and wood carvings showed his artistic abilities. Between 1875 and 1880, he studied sculpture and painting at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. He then traveled extensively in 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.
Arthur M. Dallin Stained Glass Studies, c. 1932 – 1939
Represented are miniature studies for stained glass windows. The studies were done by Arthur Murray Dallin, a stained glass artist (son of artist, Cyrus E. Dallin) in his Arlington studio, during the years c. 1932 – 1939. They were painted on heavy board utilizing a type of paint known as... more
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 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
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.
Charles J. Connick Records: Gouaches
Charles J. Connick (1875-1945) was one of the pre-eminent artists in stained glass in the early twentieth century; his stained glass studio created approximately 15,000 windows in over 5,000 commissions from 1912 to 1986. The Boston Public Library's collection includes 2,150 studies for these... 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
Cold Storage/Trap Industry Collection
This collection consists of items from the Cold Storage/Trap Industry collection hosted by Provincetown History Preservation Project. 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.
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers
Correspondence, sermons, drawings, drafts of unpublished and published work, articles, artwork, and images relating to the professional activities and personal life of Edward Hitchcock, the third President of Amherst College and noted geologist and minister, and his family. These material are... more
Fine Arts
19. Fine Arts
This collection consists of items from the Fine Arts collection hosted by Forbes Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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
Fore-Edge Paintings
In 1945, Albert H. Wiggin began to form the fine collection of fore-edge paintings that, upon his death in May 1951, came to the Boston Public Library. It is one of the largest collections in this country, surpassed in size only by the Estelle Doheny Collection that is housed in the Edward... more
Hamilton Historical Society Collection
The Hamilton Historical Society‘s collection consists of photos, artifacts, books, and printed matter pertaining to the town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, primarily after its incorporation in 1793. Hamilton is located on the North Shore between the towns of Salem and Ipswich and was previously a... 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
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.
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.
Illumination of the Crucifixion from a Missal : use of Troyes
This collection consists of items from the Illumination of the Crucifixion from a Missal : use of Troyes 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.
Illustrations from the Shoe Industry in Brockton, Massachusetts
Brockton, once known as “Shoe City,” manufacturing some $146,378,500 worth of shoes annually in the early twenties, attracted skilled shoe workers from all over the globe. In 1925, commercial artist, Ralph Heard of Needham, Massachusetts, created seven portraits of local craftsmen: William B.... more
International Center for the Disabled Records, 1917-2012
Founded in 1917, the International Center for the Disabled was the nation’s first outpatient rehabilitiation center. With the support of benefactor Jeremiah Millbank, the ICD was dedicated to helping disabled veterans reintegrate into all aspects of American life. Over the years, it... more
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
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Lithographs, Etchings, and Drawings
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was an American painter and printmaker born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Whistler received his first training as an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, while his father was working there as a railroad engineer. Whistler’s early interest in art was... more
Jeanne Lawson Bultman Collection
This collection consists of items from the Jeanne Lawson Bultman collection hosted by Provincetown History Preservation Project. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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.
John D. Merriam Collection
The John D. Merriam Collection is a collection devoted to illustration. The particular focus of the collection is original prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that were created as illustrations for children's books and for children's magazines. However, in later... more
John Dowd Althea Boxell Collection
This collection consists of items from the John Dowd Althea Boxell collection hosted by Provincetown History Preservation Project. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Joseph Pennell (1857-1926). Prints and Drawings
Joseph Pennell (American, 1857-1926) was an illustrator, printmaker, author, and lecturer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennell attended classes at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art and at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. However, he was largely self-taught. Using his natural... more
Lancaster, Massachusetts Historical Image Collection
Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County and the earliest permanent settlement in the central part of the state. It is located in the beautiful Nashua Valley, and its center is near the "Meeting of the Waters," where the north and south branches of the Nashua... more
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
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
Louise F. Shattuck Papers, 1881-2006
A life-long resident of Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts, and a third-generation Spiritualist, Louise Shattuck was an artist, teacher, and noted breeder of English cocker spaniels. Shattuck’s work as a teacher, writer, artist, and dog breeder are documented in this collection through decades... more
Lyman Family Papers, 1839-1942
The descendants of Joseph Lyman (1767-1847) flourished in nineteenth century Northampton, Mass., achieving social prominence, financial success, and a degree of intellectual acclaim. Having settled in Northampton before 1654, just a generation removed from emigration, the Lymans featured... more
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Paintings
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) owns various historic and contemporary art paintings that are displayed across DCR’s parks, watershed, and administrative offices. Some of these paintings were donated by local artists, while others were inherited by the... more
Mural Cycles at the Central Library in Copley Square
The Boston Public Library's 1895 McKim Building houses art and architecture treasures contributed by renowned painters, sculptors, and craftsman of the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the masterpieces at the Central Library are three major mural cycles: Edwin Austin Abbey's depiction of Sir... more
New Bedford Whaling Museum Panoramas
The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds many large scale maritime panoramas by artists including Benjamin Russell, Caleb Purrington, and Charles Sidney Raleigh.
Norris Church Mailer Collection
This collection consists of items from the Norris Church Mailer collection hosted by Provincetown History Preservation Project. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Original art collection (GC001)
This collection consists of items from the Original art collection (GC001) 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.
Original works by Boston Architectural Club members
This series includes such items as sketchbooks, postcard collections, photography, ephemera, and individual sketches. These items were produced by Boston Architectural Club members as well as honorary members.
Paintings and Fine Arts Collection at the Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library’s collection of painting and sculpture is representative of the collecting and exhibiting habits of the mid- to late-19th century: oil portraits, copies of antique statues, a variety of decorative arts, and portrait busts (all almost exclusively Neoclassical in style).... more
Paintings from: Birds of Massachusetts and other New England states
Edward Howe Forbush was elected Ornithologist to the State Board of Agriculture in 1894, named State Ornithologust by the state board in 1908, and became director of the Division of Ornithology (Dept. of Agriculture) in 1919. Resolves 1921, c 5 authorized the publication of Birds of... more