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Brockton: The Early Years as a City in Photographs, 1881-1950
Brockton's city seal exemplifies the city's ethos as envisioned at its incorporation: education, industry, and progress. Excellence in education, shoe city to the world, and progress in being the first with a three-wire underground electric system, first electrically operated fire station, first... more
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.
Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection
The Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection consists of collected papers and documents related to the town of Brookline, including family papers, letters, deeds, wills, account books, political and military history, church and school documents, and various miscellaneous articles.
Buildings, Celebrations, Cemeteries and Headstones, Churches and Synagogues, 1880-1990
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
Burgett-Irey Family Papers, 1832-2012
Born in 1908 to Louis and Sarah Kessel Burgett, Katherine grew up on the family farm outside of Oquawka, Illinois. In 1924 her parents purchased their own farm in Monmouth, which they later lost due to the devastating impact of the Depression on agriculture, and it was there that she... more
Burt V. Brooks Photograph Collection, 1889-1934
The artist Burt Vernon Brooks was one of the outstanding chroniclers of daily life in the Swift River Valley before it was inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Born in Brimfield, Mass., in 1849 and raised in Monson, Brooks moved to Greenwich with his family in the 1870s, where... more
Businesses and shopping, Fire Department, Forestry Department, Hospitals,  1867-2003, 1900-1979
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
Businesses, Churches, GAR Charles Ward Post #62, Houses, Newton Flag, Parades, Railroads, Schools, School Bands, Villages
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
C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016)
This collection consists of items from the C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016) 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.
Caleb Foote Papers, 1851-1995 (bulk 1939-1995)
A legal scholar and pacifist, Caleb Foote was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 26, 1917, the son of a Unitarian minister and Quaker mother. Earning degrees in history from Harvard (AB 1939) and economics from Columbia (MA 1941), Foote was hired by the Fellowship of Reconciliation to organize... more
Cambridge Photo Morgue Collection
The Cambridge Photo Morgue Collection contains black-and-white prints taken by newspaper photographers to illustrate stories regarding the city of Cambridge. Images in this collection represent a wide breadth of topics including protests, political figures, buildings, and city projects, thus... more
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.
Campus Life
This collection contains photographs collected by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Archive from approximately 1875-1975. The photographs are of campus life and include images of students, faculty, and campus buildings.
Canal Park Committee Collection
The town of South Hadley was settled in 1727 near the Great Falls, a 53-foot drop in the Connecticut River. The South Hadley Canal was completed in 1795 and allowed boats to bypass the falls and transport goods to Western Massachusetts. It was the first commercially navigable canal in the United... more
Canton Historical Commission Photos of Canton, 1965, by Edward D. Galvin (this print collection held at the Canton Historical Society)
The Canton Historical Commission was appointed by the Canton Board of Selectmen circa 1964 and its members elected Edward D. Galvin to serve as Chair. The group decided to photograph a wide variety of buildings and landmarks to document what the town looked like in 1965, as Canton was then going... more
Canton Public Library Local History Collection
The Canton Public Library Local History Collection exists to collect, preserve, and educate the public by providing access to historical records that document, inspire, and promote community interest in, and appreciation for, the history of the town of Canton.The collection is comprised of... more
Carl and Edith Entratter Henry Papers, ca.1935-2001
Born into an affluent Reform Jewish family in Cincinnati in 1913, Carl Henry Levy studied philosophy under Alfred North Whitehead at Harvard during the height of the Great Depression. A brilliant student during his time at Harvard, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in the class of... more
Carl Halpern Papers, 1920-1986 (bulk 1950-1965)
Born in 1902, Carl Halpern grew up in the Bronx where he attended elementary school. Upon leaving school, he took several jobs, including shoe salesman and accounting clerk, before he was hired as an errand boy in 1917 at the Electro-Chemical Engraving Company. Halpern stayed with the... more
Carlos Heiligmann Collection
This collection consists of items from the Carlos Heiligmann collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Carlos Heiligmann Collection, 2002-2017
Since his youth in Mexico City, Carlos Heiligmann has traveled with a camera in hand. An industrial engineer by training and documentary photographer by nature, he has captured images throughout his world travels, and recently has concentrated on recording libraries in the small towns of... more
Carmela Otero
Carmela Otero of Newark, New Jersey was a student in the Deaf-Blind Program at Perkins in the 1930s. Carmela arrived at Perkins at age six and developed a vocabulary of 402 words in two years time. She became a proficient user of the Tadoma method, and also used her voice and speech to... more
Carte de Visite Collection
The carte de visite, also known as a CDV, was a photographic format first produced in the 1850s, which became wildly popular in the 1860s. It consisted of a small photographic print (typically an albumen print) mounted on card stock measuring approximately 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. The cards were... more
Cartes-de-visite photographic collection, ca. 1858-1866 (PC008)
This collection consists of items from the Cartes-de-visite photographic collection, ca. 1858-1866 (PC008) 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.
Cary Library Local History Collection
In addition to hundreds of books about the Battle of Lexington, Cary Memorial Library has a substantial collection of materials on all aspects of Lexington's history, from colonial and revolutionary times to the present. The Lexington Collection includes:- Published histories- Town annual... more
Cased Photographs
The term cased photograph refers specifically to two 19th century photographic media: the daguerreotype and the ambrotype, and, slightly less accurately, the tintype.The earliest and most important of these processes, the daguerreotype, consisted of a photographic image on a highly polished... more
Casey family papers (MS008)
This collection consists of items from the Casey family papers (MS008) 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.
Centre Street Widening Project
This collection consists of items from the Centre Street Widening Project collection hosted by City of Boston Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Challenger STS-51L
This collection consists of items from the Challenger STS-51L collection hosted by Framingham State University, Henry Whittemore Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Charles E. and M. Sybil Hartley Eshbach Papers, 1913-1990
Charles Edgar Eshbach, Jr., a 1937 graduate of Massachusetts State College, and Maude Sybil Hartley met in late 1939, while she was a student at Simmons College and he was working for the New England Radio News Service, part of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. They soon began dating... more
Charles F. Clagg Photograph Collection
The entomologist Charles F. Clagg was born in Barnstable, Mass., in 1904 and received his bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1927. Although never able to complete his graduate degree, Clagg enjoyed a long and productive career in entomology. Listed as a... more
Charles Frizzell Collection
Raised in suburban Boston, Charlie Frizzell became a well-known photographer of the music scene during the height of the folk revival of the early 1960s. At the age of 14, Frizzell took up photography after landing his first job at a camera shop, and he developed his talents under the... more
Charles H. Tracy Documents
This collection consists of items from the Charles H. Tracy Documents collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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
Charles L. Whipple Papers, 1925-1991
Charles Lewis Whipple was a noted journalist, editor, and the first ombudsperson for the Boston Globe. As a student at Harvard in the 1930s, Whipple joined the Young Communist League, carrying his radical politics with him when he joined the Globe staff in 1936 and became an active member of... more
Charles River, City Hall, Community Schools, Crystal Lake, Echo Bridge, Tocci Family Collection, John Eliot Memorial, 1900-1980
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
Charlestown Lantern Slides
After the Reverend Wolcott Cutler (1891-1965) was appointed rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, he became interested in the long and rich history of his community. In addition to taking his own photographs of Charlestown's historic sites and streets, Reverend Cutler combed... more
Charlotte McLeod Collection
This collection consists of items from the Charlotte McLeod 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.
Chelsea, Mass. Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1906-1910. (PC069)
This collection consists of items from the Chelsea, Mass. Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1906-1910. (PC069) 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.
Chicopee Public Library Historic Photographs Collection
This collection consists of items from the Chicopee Public Library Historic Photographs collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Prints and Drawings
Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) was a painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. Born in Boston, Hassam began his artistic career by studying wood engraving and producing designs for letterheads, newspapers, and other commercial publications. In 1882, he established... more
Christine Jorgensen Collection
This collection consists of items from the Christine Jorgensen 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.
Churches
145. Churches
Churches and other church- and religion-related photos, documents, and artifacts, all relating to Granville and surrounding towns.  
City of Chelsea Historical Postcards
The general collection of the Chelsea Public Library Archives includes a wide variety of items including postcards, photographs, oral and written personal histories, books, and city documents. These postcards represent a portion of the collection of general Chelsea history, largely picturing... more
A City of Refugees, the Memories of Cambodia Collection
This collection was donated to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Lowell History by Dorothea Gemos Tsapasaris. Dorothea taught English as a Second Language [ESL] in the Lowell Schools. She was one of the first educators in the late 1980s, early 1990s to gather the stories and... more
Civil Defense Photographs
The National Archives at Boston provides access to and preserves the permanently valuable historical records of Federal agencies based in the New England states. Among our holdings are photographs from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, Region 1, which existed from 1958 to 1961. These... more
Civil War Collection
This collection consists of items from the Civil War 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.
Civil War Manuscripts (NEHGS)
This collection contains selected manuscripts from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections related to the American Civil War, 1861-1865. These collections include letters, diaries, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials produced by soldiers that provide details about... more