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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
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
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.
Elizabeth Hayward collection of Ursuline Academy materials
This collection consists of items from the Elizabeth Hayward collection of Ursuline Academy materials 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.
Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents
This collection consists of items from the Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents 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.
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.
Frank J. Miranda Papers
This collection consists of items from the Frank J. Miranda Papers collection hosted by Northeastern University Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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
Herman B. Nash Papers, ca. 1935-2010
In 1944, eighteen-year old Herman B. "Keek" Nash enlisted in the Army, and after intensive Japanese language training, was assigned for duty as an intelligence officer in American-occupied Osaka, Japan. Settling in northern New Jersey after his discharge from the service in 1947, Nash held a... more
Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Records
The records and images in this collection begin with documents relating to the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club's 1924 purchase of the historic Loring-Greenough House, which then became the meeting place and focal point for social and education programming for the club. In more recent decades,... 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
Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. Records
This collection consists of items from the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. Records collection hosted by Northeastern University Library. 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.
Phyllis M. Ryan Papers
This collection consists of items from the Phyllis M. Ryan Papers collection hosted by Northeastern University Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Robert Francis Collection
Robert Churchill Francis (1901-1987) moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1926 to teach high school English. The teaching job lasted a single year; writing became his life's work. Francis was the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his writing career including the Golden Rose of the... more
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.
Somerville Public Library Local History Collection
The collection of the Somerville Public Library contains photographs, article clippings, and ephemera illustrating the social history of Somerville from 1841 to 1976. The items include photographs of the King and Vose families, images of the built landscape of Somerville, and Victorian trade cards.
W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1999 (bulk 1877-1963)
Scholar, writer, editor of The Crisis and other journals, co-founder of the Niagara Movement, the NAACP, and the Pan African Congresses, international spokesperson for peace and for the rights of oppressed minorities, W.E.B. Du Bois was a son of Massachusetts who articulated the... more
Waban Historical Collection
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
War of 1812
The USS Constitution Museum's War of 1812 collection includes printed pamphlets, rare books, certificates, broadsides, and manuscript correspondence, logs, and journals. Together the works document USS Constitution's role in the War of 1812, as well as other political and military aspects of the... 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
Weymouth Public Libraries Historical Photograph Collection
Represented here are photographs, drawings, and other visual materials that depict people, property, events and daily life in Weymouth during the years of 1874 to 1982.