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Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
Bridgewater State University Photograph Collection
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
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital Collection
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts Photograph Collection, ca.1930-1939
The C.C.C. was a relief program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist unemployed men through the worst years of the Great Depression. In Massachusetts, the C.C.C. was largely engaged in tree planting, fire fighting, insect control, and tree and plant disease control. Contains... more
Clarence Carroll Clark Papers, 1909-1981
Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1911, Dr. Clark accepted the position of director of the Chapel of the Comforter in Greenwich Village, New York, a mission that abandoned its traditional Christian practices in favor of the teachings of theosophy. A prolific writer and lecturer, Clark stressed... more
Clinton T. Brann Papers, 1891-1963
In 1918, Clinton Melville Tilman Brann, a dentist by training, served with in the 17th Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, a unit cited for gallantry in five critical engagements of the First World War. During his time overseas, Brann maintained an intense... 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
Coralie Guertin Lajoie Collection, 1950-1951
When Capt. Henry Guertin, a native of Leominster, Mass., was ordered to active duty with the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War, his wife Rita relocated to Japan to raise their growing family in Kokura (Kyushu), Japan. Just 13 at the time and already used to the regular... more
David Ledbetter Nanney Papers, 1946-2008
The experimental ciliatologist David L. Nanney spent much of his career studying the protozoan Tetrahymena. Under Tracy M. Sonneborn at Indiana University, he completed a dissertation in 1951 on the mating habits of Paramecium, but soon after joining the faculty at the University of... more
Diana Henry Mara Collection, ca. 1930-2012
Recognized for her coverage of historic events and personalities, the photographer Diana Mara Henry took the first steps toward her career in 1967 when she became photo editor for the Harvard Crimson. After winning the Ferguson History Prize and graduating from Harvard with a degree... 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.
Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002)
This collection consists of items from the Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002) 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.
Donald Levy Papers
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
Doyle's Cafe Memorabilia
Doyle's Cafe was a popular community gathing space located at 3484 Washington Street in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Doyle's opened its doors in 1882 and grew from a one-room Irish pub to a three-room bar and restaurant that was host to both locals and tourists alike. It was also known... more
Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion
Eadweard Muybridge's "Animal locomotion : An electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-1885" was published by the University of Pennsylvania in 1887. The eleven volume set consisted of 781 plates printed by the Photogravure Company of New York. The... more
Eastham Historical Society Local History Collection
This collection contains items that describe life in Eastham, Massachusetts. Items were donated to the Historical Society by Eastham residents.
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers
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
Edward Judice Photograph Collection, 1973-2010
Raised on Long Island, Ed Judice embarked on a path in photography at the age of 13 when he took a job sweeping floors in a local photo studio. After picking up work photographing locally and a stint in the army, he moved to New York city, Judice began doing commercial work for ad... more
Elms College Founding and Early History (1928-1950)
Presented here are letters, personal memorabilia, and photographs that represent the founding and early history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1928 to 1950. After receiving a charter from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to confer degrees, Elms College became a... more
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.
Felice Beato Photograph Collection, ca. 1863-1871
A pioneer in war and documentary photography, the Anglo-Greek photographer Felice Beato was an important chronicler of late-Edo and early-Meiji era Japan. Between 1863 and 1877, Beato took a stunning array of views, portraits, ethnographic images, and genre scenes and helped train the... more
Fine Arts
71. 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
Frances and Mary Allen Collection of Photographs of Deerfield, 1900-1910
Influenced by the arts and crafts movement, Frances and Mary Allen began taking photographs of their native Deerfield, Mass., in the mid-1880s. Displaying a finely honed pictorialist aesthetic, the sisters specialized in views of Deerfield and surrounding towns, posed genre scenes of life... more
Frances Crowe Photograph Collection, ca. 1969-1987
A founder of the Western Massachusetts branch of the American Friends Service Committee and the Traprock Peace Center, Frances Crowe was a legendary peace activist. Born in Missouri in March 1919, Crowe became a committed pacifist in 1945 after learning of the devastation of the bombings in... more
Franklin Associates
J. Philip Dowd and his partner, Arthur J. Buckley, ran a small real estate and insurance brokerage firm on Essex Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts, from the late 1940s until Dowd’s death in 1977. It was called Buckley & Dowd Real Estate and Insurance. Their office was on the third floor of... more
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 marine photographic collection (PC055)
This collection consists of items from the General marine photographic collection (PC055) 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.
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.
George Chigas Collection, 1987
A Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and formerly the Associate Director of the Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University (1998-2001), George Chigas is a noted political commentator on the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the... more
George Emery Papers, 1875-1977
After graduating from Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1924, George Edward "Red" Emery taught high school briefly and held a handful of other jobs before deciding to fulfill a childhood dream. Born in Marlboro, Mass., in 1904, Emery turned his love for the circus into a life touring the... more
George R. Coffin Diary, 1854-1857
The son of a master mariner from Newburyport, Massachusetts, George Richards Coffin was born in Castine, Maine, on Feb. 12, 1832. Sent to Boston at the age of 19 to get his start in business as a clerk, Coffin became a wharfinger in 1854, just a year before he married Hannah Balch, the eldest... more
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
Grace Gershuny Papers, 1976-2007
An organizer, consultant, and educator in the alternative agriculture movement, Grace Gershuny has been active in the field since the 1970s when she worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), developing its first organic certification program. As a leader in the... more
Great Chelsea Fire of 1908
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.
Grove Hall Memory Project
The Grove Hall Memory Project was an effort by the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library to capture stories and images from the lives of Roxbury residents and to explore the role of Roxbury in twentieth-century Boston. The goal of the project was to provide audio/visual "snapshots" of... more
Hamilton Historical Society Collection
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
Harriot Appleton Curtis photographic collection (PC023)
This collection consists of items from the Harriot Appleton Curtis photographic collection (PC023) 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.
Harry C. Belcher Lepidoptera Collection
Harry C. Belcher (1923-1998) of East Weymouth, Massachusetts began collecting butterflies in 1952 and amassed a collection of more than 5,000 specimens by the time he donated his collection to the Weymouth Public Libraries in 1974. As well as butterflies, the collection includes moths, beetles,... more
Henry J. Van Lennep (AC 1837) Sketches and Papers
Papers of Henry J. Van Lennep (Amherst College class of 1837), a missionary. Most of the collection consists of pencil sketches and watercolors of scenery, people and objects, chiefly Turkish but also some American. In addition, a small amount of personal papers include passports related to his... 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
Historic New England institutional records (IA001)
This collection consists of items from the Historic New England institutional records (IA001) 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.
Historic New England properties photographic collection (PC006)
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.
Historic Newton Early Photograph Collection
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
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Archives and Local History Collection
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
Holmes Public Library (Halifax) and the Halifax Historical Society and Museum's Guy S. Baker's photographs and maps
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
Holyoke Public Library Prints and Photographs Collection
This collection includes historic photographs of Holyoke landmarks, buildings, businesses, landscapes, and people. It also includes printed works on paper depicting Holyoke scenes and buildings. Additional photographic images of Holyoke are located in these collections: The Milan P. Warner... more
Hoosac Tunnel Collection
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
Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna
A collection of photographs of students, teachers, educational methods, buildings, and workshops at the Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna (K.K. Blinden-Erziehungs-Institut, Wien). The school was founded in 1804 by Johann Wilhelm Klein, known as "The Father of the... more
Indusco Bailie School Collection, 1940-1952
Following the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, the New Zealand expatriate Rewi Alley threw his considerable talents behind the war effort. Building upon knowledge acquired over a decade of living in China, Alley helped organize the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Movement (CIC). The... more
International Center for the Disabled Records, 1917-2012
Founded in 1917, the International Center for the Disabled was the nation’s first outpatient rehabilitiation center. With the support of benefactor Jeremiah Millbank, the ICD was dedicated to helping disabled veterans reintegrate into all aspects of American life. Over the years, it... more