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A. W. Stearns
Artemas W. Stearns was born March 11, 1816 in Hill, NH. At age 11, he was “bound” to a Bridgewater, NH farmer. For his services, he would receive clothing and board and $100 at age 21. At 16, he bought himself out of the contract. He then went on to work in mills in Nashua, Lowell, and Methuen.... more
Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
Abbot Academy Collection Highlights
The Abbot Academy Collection primarily consists of material relating to the administrative functions of the Academy. It includes material of the trustees, treasurer, and other administrative offices. The collection also includes Abbot Academy memorabilia and student-created work ranging from the... more
Abbot Academy Photographs
Abbot Academy (also known as Abbot Female Seminary) was an independent boarding preparatory school for women boarding and day students in grades 9 to 12 from 1828 to 1973. Located in Andover, Massachusetts, Abbot Academy was notable as one of the first incorporated secondary schools for... more
Activism of the 1980s Photograph Collection, 1985-1987
During the academic year 1986-1987, UMass Amherst was awash in political turmoil, fueled in part by the US intervention in Central America. The arrival on campus of a CIA recruiting officer in November set off a string of demonstrations that attracted the support of activists Abbie... more
Aerial Photograph
This collection consists of one black-and-white aerial photograph of South Lawrence. The center point of the image is the Wetherbee School, named after Emily G. Wetherbee who was a teacher at Lawrence High School and a poet. Other locations include the Broadway Bridge and Dam, USWOCO Mills, and... more
Aerials
8. Aerials
This collection contains black and white aerial photographs. They are all roughly one meter square. They are contact prints possibly taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many local people with historical knowledge have looked at the images and felt the photos were taken in the 1950s,... more
Africa America Institute Records, 1954-2011
Founded in 1953 by a multi-racial collective of educators including Horace Mann Bond, then President of Lincoln University, and William Leo Hansberry, a professor of history at Howard University, the Africa American Institute has encouraged and supported African students in pursuit of higher... more
Aldin Grout Papers, 1833-2002 (bulk 1833-1894)
Aldin Grout was among the first American missionaries to the Zulu nation. After experiencing a religious conversion in his early twenties, Grout dedicated his life to the ministry, studying at Amherst College (1831) and Andover Theological Seminary (1834) before accepting an... more
Alexander Davidson Photography
This collection consists of items from the Alexander Davidson Photography 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.
Alice Augusta Rogerson Brown photographic collection, c. 1900-1909 (PC018)
This collection consists of items from the Alice Augusta Rogerson Brown photographic collection, c. 1900-1909 (PC018) 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.
Alison Laing's Early Photo Album No. 1
This collection consists of items from the Alison Laing's Early Photo Album No. 1 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.
Alison Laing's Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Alison Laing's Photographs 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.
Allen House Oversized Photos
Presented here are the Allen House oversized photos. The Nathaniel T. Allen Homestead has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. It was built in Greek Revival style around 1844 and was a stop on the underground railroad. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic... more
Along the Elevated: Photographs of the Orange Line
In the fall of 1985, four teams of photographers started a project to document the elevated Orange Line and the communities it served before its planned demolition in 1987. The project, conceived by the photographer Linda Swartz, and managed by Urbanarts, Inc. for the MBTA, paired a professional... more
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911). Prints and Drawings
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) was a French painter, etcher, sculptor, and medallist. Born in Dijon in 1851, he went to Paris to study, took up etching in 1855, and in 1857 exhibited for the first time at the annual Paris Salon. In 1863, with the encouragement of the American artist James Abbott... more
Alton H. Blackington Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1963
A native of Rockland, Maine, Alton H. “Blackie” Blackington (1893-1963) was a writer, photojournalist, and radio personality associated with New England “lore and legend.” After returning from naval service in the First World War, Blackington joined the staff of the Boston Herald,... 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 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
American Turners
The American Turners is a national organization founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848 by German immigrants. Our motto, "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body," explains the purpose of the American Turners. We are a family organization, encouraging people of all ages to be mentally and physically... more
Amherst College Early History Collection
Printed material, legal documents, financial records, correspondence and other papers from 1815 - 1891 documenting the history of Amherst Academy, the Charity Fund, and the inception and founding of Amherst College. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in... more
Amherst College Photographer Records
A selection of photographs taken by the College Photographer for the Amherst College Office of Public Affairs, approximately 1965 - 2005. Photos include portraits, events such as commencement and reunion, sports games, landscape shots of campus, and John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit to campus for the... more
Amherst Record Photograph Collection
Photographs of local people and events taken for use in the Amherst Record newspaper. About 14,000 prints covering the late 1960's to early 1984.
Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm
This collection consists of items from the Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm 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.
Andy Jaffe Project
This collection consists of items from the Andy Jaffe Project 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.
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc. Collection, 1991-2017
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit is dedicated to preserving the traditions of Cambodian performing arts while providing a positive social and educational environment for their young members. The collection includes financial records, board of directors records, correspondence,... 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
The Appleton Family Photo Album Collection
Appleton Farms, located in Hamilton and Ipswich Massachusetts, is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Established in 1636 by Samuel Appleton, the farm is among the most influential in America’s agricultural history. The Appleton Family Papers document the evolution of New England... more
Archive of Photographic Documentation of Early Massachusetts Architecture
This collection holds late 19th century photographs as well as engravings of 17th and 18th century buildings in Eastern Massachusetts. The mounted photographs and engravings were compiled by the Liberty Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D. A. R.) and consist of homes,... more
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.
Arlington Historical Photograph Collection, c. 1885 – 1992
Represented are photographs of Arlington, Massachusetts. The photographic images depict mainly people, property, buildings, monuments & statues, views, and scenes of town life, during the years, c. 1885 – 1992.
Arlington Mills
This collection is composed of eight photographs of the Arlington Mills located on Broadway in both Lawrence and Methuen, Massachusetts. One image is an exterior view, seven are interior shots of various work areas in the mill.  
Art Work of Lawrence and Vicinity Photograph Collection
This collection is composed of photographs from the book “Art Works of Lawrence and Vicinity” published by W. H. Parish Publishing Co. in 1893.  
Arthur C. Haskell photographic collection, 1910s-1930s (PC030)
This collection consists of items from the Arthur C. Haskell photographic collection, 1910s-1930s (PC030) 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 Griffin Photographs
Arthur Griffin was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on September 12, 1903. Originally trained to be an illustrator, in 1929 he picked up his first camera -- a second-hand folding Brownie -- and thus began a passion that would last a lifetime. By the mid-1930's, Arthur Griffin had become the... more
Arthur Mange Photograph Collection, 1958-2013
Arthur Mange taught in the Biology Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst for 31 years before retiring in 1995. A co-author of numerous works in human genetics, Mange served on the chair of the Conservation Committee in Amherst, and currently serves on the Burnett Gallery... more
Arts and Music, Biography, Storms, Transportation, Voice of Women, YMCA, 1860-1987, 1930-1979
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
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.
"As a Woman" by Barry Kay
This collection consists of items from the "As a Woman" by Barry Kay 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.
Augustinian Priests Photograph Collection
The Order of St. Augustine was founded by Augustine himself in the 5th century AD. The order was based on a code of practical Christian life based on the Gospel precepts of charity, love of God and neighbor, and of submissiveness to one’s spiritual and temporal guides and rulers. By the end of... more
Ayer Mill Spinning Department
The Ayer Mill was one of a number of American Woolen Company mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The mill was constructed by William Wood in 1909, during a period of expansion of the industry. It was located on the south side of the Merrimack River across Union Street from the mammoth Wood Mill... more
Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917 (PC022)
This collection consists of items from the Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917 (PC022) 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.
Barbara Rotundo Photograph Collection, ca. 1970-2004
A long-time member of the English Department at the University of Albany, Barbara Rotundo was a 1942 graduate in economics at Mount Holyoke College. After the death of her husband, Joseph in 1953, Rotundo became one of the first female faculty members at Union College, and after earning... more
Barlow Album
A collection of portrait photos from the family album of Rufus Barlow (1813-1887) and Clarissa (Spelman) Barlow (1808-1900). The album appears to have been created around the time of their marriage in 1849 and contains photos of family members and prominent Granville citizens. Unfortunately,... more
Barnstable Patriot Photograph Collection, 1931-1978
The Barnstable Patriot is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States and the oldest continuous, uninterrupted publication in Barnstable County, MA. It began publication with its first weekly issue on June 26, 1830. The portion of the collection that has been digitized here covers the... more
Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection, 1972-1975
A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Wake Forest University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA, 1966), Barr Gallop Ashcraft (1940-2005) lived what he called a “gypsy” life in the late 1960s, traveling through the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and eventually... more
Barre Class Photos
This collection of photographs primarily highlights the students, faculty, and staff of the former Barre High School from its construction in 1901--as a gift from benefactor Henry Woods, who also built the town library--to its closure in 1967. Class pictures, yearbook contents, and sports-team... more
Barrett family papers (MS007)
This collection consists of items from the Barrett family papers (MS007) 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.
Baseball
54. Baseball
The New England League was a mid-level league in American minor league baseball that played sporadically in four of the six New England states (Vermont and Connecticut excepted) between 1885 and 1949. They styled themselves the Lawrences, the Blues, the Haverhills, and so on. After 1901, the... more
Basil Welch Collection
This collection contains glass plate negatives of Martha's Vineyard subjects, photographed by Edward Lee Luce and collected and organized by Basil Welch. Additional materials collected and produced by Basil Welch, including photographs and oral history recordings, are located at the Martha's... more
Bay Path University Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs and slides amassed at the archives at Bay Path University from c. 1923-2006, with the majority of photographs from 1943 on. The photographs are of student life, professional conferences, the Bay Path campus and buildings, commencement ceremonies, homecomings... more
Beaman Memorial Public Library Historical Collection
Presented here are photographs that document the history of West Boylston, Massachusetts. Highlights include photographs taken around 1890, at the time of the building of the Wachusett Reservoir, and photographs by James Higgins.James Higgins was born in 1867 in Fitchburg, married Lila G. Dana... more
Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers, 1831-1921 (Bulk: 1851-1915)
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
Bentley University Historic Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs documenting every aspect and era of Bentley University, originally known as the "Bentley School of Accounting and Finance." Since this is an aggregated collection, photographs are organized by unique ID number and not by subject or date. We encourage you to... more
Berg and Høeg Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Berg and Høeg Photographs 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.
Berkley History
This collection consists of items from the Berkley History collection hosted by SAILS Library Network. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Bernard Jaffe Papers, 1955-2016
A New York native with a deep commitment to social justice, Bernard Jaffe was an attorney, confidant, and longtime friend of W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois. In 1951, Jaffe joined Du Bois's defense team at a time when the civil rights leader was under indictment for failing to... more
Bernard Sullivan Photographs
These photographs were a gift of Bernard Sullivan. They depict the workers engaged in building the Ayer Mill chimney and the finished chimney.
Bernie Moss Collection, ca. 1960-1978
A fixture of the Boston Jazz scene, Bernie Moss began taking photographs in the early 1960s, capturing musicians on stage and after hours in the clubs he frequented. Musicians that Moss would meet at Connelly’s, the Savoy Cafe, Lennie’s on the Turnpike, and later the Jazz Workshop, would often... more
Beverly High School Collection
Photograph collection of Beverly High School, Beverly, Mass., which was used as part of a Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System digitization project.
Beverly Picture Collection
Historic images of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Bill Keith Collection, 1960-2013
A stylistic innovator and influential perfomer on the five string banjo, Bill Keith is credited with transforming the instrument from a largely percussive role into a one where it carried the melody. A native of Boston and 1961 graduate of Amherst College, Keith cut his teeth as a performer in... more
Billerica, Massachusetts: History captured on glass
These images were taken by Natt Hutchins, a photographer from North Billerica, with the assistance of H. W. Sheldon. Together, they captured life in Billerica at the turn of the 20th century. Over 1000 images were captured on glass between the late 1890s and 1912. Both men were employees of the... more
Blanchard-Means Family Papers
This collection consists of items from the Blanchard-Means Family Papers 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... more
Blind in Art Collection
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
Bob Dziadosz
Various Polish organizations planned the celebration of the life of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary War hero, at the time of the 150th anniversary of his death. Saturday October 12, 1929, the Polish groups joined the Columbus Day parade, which was preceded by a solemn high... more
Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives
This collection consists of items from the Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives 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.
Boston & Albany Railroad Company photographic collection, 1890s-ca. 1920 (PC015)
This collection consists of items from the Boston & Albany Railroad Company photographic collection, 1890s-ca. 1920 (PC015) 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.
Boston Bridge Works
This collection consists of seven black-and-white photographs of bridges constructed by the Boston Bridge Works, along with a plate showing 11 cross-sections of sewers.    
Boston Building Department photographic collection, 1920s-1930s (PC016)
This collection consists of items from the Boston Building Department photographic collection, 1920s-1930s (PC016) 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.
Boston Children’s Museum Lantern Slides
Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children's Museum began a "hands–on" tradition long before that phrase became commonplace. Through museum games, clubs, and field trips, curators and docents helped children and youth make sense of and even... more
Boston City Hospital Collection
This collection consists of items from the Boston City Hospital 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.
Boston College athletic photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College athletic photographs 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.
Boston College building and campus images
This collection consists of items from the Boston College building and campus images 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.
Boston College Commencement materials
This collection consists of items from the Boston College Commencement 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.
Boston College Evening College photographs (early years)
This collection consists of items from the Boston College Evening College photographs (early years) 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.
Boston College faculty and staff photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College faculty and staff photographs 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.
Boston College special guests and events photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College special guests and events photographs 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.
Boston College students and campus life photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College students and campus life photographs 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.
Boston College theater productions
This collection consists of items from the Boston College theater productions 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.
Boston Elevated Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston Elevated Photographs 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.
Boston Gas Company
This collection consists of items from the Boston Gas Company 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.
Boston Latin School Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs documenting a range of Boston Latin School's activities and events. It includes images of sports teams, drama and music groups, students, faculty, classrooms, and school buildings. The photographs date mainly from the late-19th to the mid-20th century.
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
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
Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s (PC017)
This collection consists of items from the Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s (PC017) 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.
Boston Wharf Company Collection
This collection of glass-plate negatives was given by the Boston Wharf Company to the Boston Public Library's Print Department in 1995. The negatives were taken circa 1898-1907 as a record of the buildings then owned and managed by the Boston Wharf Company in the Fort Point Channel Area of... more
Bourne Archives Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs documents the villages of the Town of Bourne, the inhabitants and the areas, historic houses, and sites, and the various incarnations of the Cape Cod Canal.
Bowen family papers (MS006)
This collection consists of items from the Bowen family papers (MS006) 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.
Brainerd Taylor Family Papers, 1871-1964
A member of a distinguished family of New England educators and clergymen, Brainerd Taylor played an key role assisting the U.S. Army in taking its first steps into modern mechanized warfare. Born in Newtonville, Massachusetts, in 1877, Taylor entered Harvard with the class of 1899, but... more
Breast Form Fund
This collection consists of items from the Breast Form Fund 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.
Bridgewater, Massachusetts Glass Plate Negatives
These glass plate negatives depict the State Normal School and the town of Bridgewater, Massachusetts at the end of the 19th century. Images include the Normal School buildings, campus and students, as well as scenes of the town such as the Central Square, railroad station, firehouse, church... more