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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
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
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
The papers of Benjamin Smith Lyman (1835-1920), a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and a geologist/mining engineer who worked in Japan at the request of the Meiji government to introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques, illuminate aspects of late nineteenth... more
This collection presents a fascinating glimpse of ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired have been portrayed in works of art through the ages. It consists of reproduction prints, posters, photographs, clippings, and a few original art objects relating to the depiction in works... more
This collection of photographs document the history of Bridgewater State University, which opened in 1840 as a State Normal School – the third such school devoted to teacher preparation in both Massachusetts and the nation. The original items are held by the Archives and Special Collections at... more
This collection contains photographs, documents, and monographs from the early history (late 19th century to mid-20th century) of Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Contents include the founding Faulkner family, the Faulkner Hospital Training School for Nurses (later known as the... more
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The co-owner with Alan Peterson of Krackerjacks, a psychedelic clothing store in Boston, Donald “Jack” Levy grew the boutique he started in 1966 into a staple of the counterculture in the Boston area and eventually a franchise. Levy was at the center of a controversy in Cambridge when the city... more
This collection contains items that describe life in Eastham, Massachusetts. Items were donated to the Historical Society by Eastham residents.
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
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.
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.
Gloria Xifaras Clark was working as an elementary school teacher in her home town of New Bedford in 1964 when she answered the call to enlist in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. A recent graduate of Wheelock College, she was assigned to teach in the Benton County Freedom School... more
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.
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
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
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.
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
The mission of the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth is to preserve, promote and interpret the history of Yarmouth and its people. The Society maintains a growing collection of account books; shipping records; personal papers; business, church and organization records; family histories; and... more
This digital representation of the Halifax Historical Society and Museum's Inaugural collection consists of more than 100 photographs and maps from the collection of Guy S. Baker. The Holmes Public Library and Halifax Historical Society and Museum work closely together to provide... more
The Hoosac Tunnel was constructed from 1852 to 1873 through the Hoosac Mountain in northwestern Massachusets, between North Adams and the town of Florida. It was conceived as part of a transportation link between the markets of Boston and the Midwest along the newly chartered Troy and Greenfield... more
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 (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
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
Materials written by or pertaining to W.E.B. Du Bois, collected by James Aronson, who was executive editor of the "National Guardian" from 1948 to 1967. Includes correspondence, speeches by Du Bois in published form, articles by Du Bois, biographical sketches and tribute articles about Du... more
Represented here are the correspondence of John and William Jubb of Westford, Massachusetts to family members and friends. Also included are reminiscences of William Jubb (1862-1934), as well as postcard images of him.
36. Kentucky History
This collection consists of items from the Kentucky History 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.
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
The Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection contains photographs from 1850 to present, which chronicle the history of the people and places of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
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
Represented here are items that document history local to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts.
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
Polish immigrants Jan Lesinski and his wife Weronika (Rusin) settled in Easthampton, Massachusetts, in 1909 and worked in the textile mills there for decades. Married in 1922, the couple raised a son and daughter in their home on Franklin Street. Weronika Lesinski died in Northampton in 1961,... more
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
This collection consists of items from the Lower Roxbury Black History Project 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.
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
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.
This collection of photographs, postcards, and maps provides a portrait of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, a rural village in Barnstable County on Cape Cod. Marstons Mills has a long history in farming, fishing, and textiles and these images offer a glimpse of both historic locations and daily... more
The Meekins Library has a small local history collection of photographs that document the towns and individuals of Williamsburg and Haydenville, Massachusetts, as well as some images of the local Western Massachusetts region. The largest unit is a series of stereographs that chronicle the... more
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