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Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
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 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
Boston Brewery Posters
Boston, in the early 1900s, was home to 31 breweries. There were 24 breweries in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain and all were located in the vicinity of Columbus Avenue, Heath, and Armory Streets. The abundant water supply from the aquifer along the Stony Brook, artesian wells around Mission Hill, and... more
Charles H. Woodbury (1864-1940). Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Oil Paintings, and Copper Plates
Charles Herbert Woodbury (1864-1940) was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1886, Woodbury received a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and then established a studio in Boston. Although known as a painter and a printmaker, Woodbury also was interested in... more
Circus Posters
Advertising a circus was difficult before radio, television, and the Internet. To be successful and stay ahead of the competition, a circus owner had to market his show and create a brand that would be recognizable and generate repeat patrons. He had to advertise the features of his show to set... more
Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection
The Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection contains an assortment of documents and images related to U.S. Coast Guard history, which are housed in the archives at this museum. The museum was created in 2005 in the former U.S. Custom House (1856) located in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod,... 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.
Ephemera collection (EP001)
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.
Fine Arts
12. 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
Frank Chouteau Brown professional architectural collection (AR003)
This collection consists of items from the Frank Chouteau Brown professional architectural collection (AR003) 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.
French 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.
General photographic collection (PC001)
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 Papers
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
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Prints and Drawings
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Although he regularly exhibited paintings and drawings throughout his career, Lautrec is best known for his lithographs and especially his posters, which celebrate the cabarets and the performers active in the... 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
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
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.
Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection
The Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection contains photographs from 1850 to present, which chronicle the history of the people and places of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Leominster, MA, Municipal Building (City Hall) Time Capsule, 1915
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
Leonard Bernstein Poster
Leonard Bernstein was born at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Sunday, 25 August 1918. Lawrence was the home of his maternal family, the Resnicks, who came from Russia. He later lived in Boston and went on to become a renowned composer, conductor, pianist, author, and... 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
Magic Posters
The world of magic has entertained and mystified humans since the first known performance of conjuring by the magician Dedi in ancient Egypt. The first book of magic tricks appeared in 1584. During the 1600s, many similar books were published that described magic tricks. Until the 18th century,... more
Middleborough Public Library Cranberry collection
A collection of photographs, cranberry labels, and other items from the Middleborough Public Library's Cranberry Collection.
National Child Welfare Association
The posters in this collection were part of the Home and School Series with a subset of Fairy Tale Pictures. In the pamphlet Ten Years Service by the National Child Welfare Association, Inc., 1912-1922, the posters are described as "exquisitely colored in watercolors, so that each is, in effect,... more
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.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the... more
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002)
This collection consists of items from the Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002) 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.
Richard Jones Papers, ca. 1970-1991
Over the course of his esteemed dance career, Richard Jones performed with Eleo Pomare Company, the Miguel Godreau Dance Company, and the Xochipillian Dance Group. Jones was appointed to the staff of the University of Massachusetts on September 1, 1973, and remained with the department until... 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.
Travel Posters
The Boston Public Library's Print Department is home to more than 350 vintage travel posters, most dating from the 1920s-1940s, the "Golden Age of Travel." Railways opened up America and Europe, luxe ocean liners introduced elegance into overseas voyages, and drivers took to the road in record... more
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 Blind and Propaganda Poster Collection
A collection containing World War I and World War II materials--predominantly war propaganda posters, but also Red Cross and other national and international charities, posters benefiting wounded and blinded soldiers, public health posters postcards, photographs, and newspaper and magazine... more
War Posters
After the United States entry in World War I, government officials realized that posters were an extremely effective means of communicating information to the general public. Some of America's finest artists, graphic designers, magazine illustrators, advertising agents, and commercial artists... more
Wayland Historical Society Collection
The Wayland Historical Society Collection includes materials related to the history of the early settlement of the towns of Sudbury and Wayland, Massachusetts. In 1835, the area known as East Sudbury was renamed Wayland. Materials include historical artifacts, documents, artwork, manuscripts,... 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