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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
The Birds of America: From Original Drawings by John James Audubon
The first edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America was issued through a collaboration between Audubon and the London printmakers Robert Havell, Sr. and Robert Havell, Jr., with some plates engraved by William H. Lizars, of Edinburgh. The prints were originally sold by subscription and... 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 and New England Maps (Collection of Distinction)
The primary geographical focus of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century Boston and New England Maps Collection is the local region, encompassing Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. The collection consists of more than 600 maps of the city of Boston and approximately 1,000... 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
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 Theatre Broadsides - Spring 1857
This collection of broadside advertisements from the Boston Theatre date from the 1856-1857 theatrical season. The theatre, located at 539 Washington Street, opened in 1854 with seating for over 3,000 patrons. The venue hosted not only theatrical productions but also grand opera, ballet,... 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.
Botanical Prints
Presented here are botanical prints that date from 1620 to 1969. Subjects include such items as orchids, camellias, lilies, grapes, and apples. Among the artists featured in this collection are Magdalena Bouchard, Claude Aubriet, and Isaac Sprague. Techniques include aquatints, etchings,... more
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.
Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery
Boydell's Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare represents the final chapter in a three-part, decades-long commercial publication venture undertaken by John Boydell. Between 1786 and 1804, Boydell prepared a sumptuous, illustrated edition of the works of Shakespeare, along... more
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
British 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.
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