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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
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910). Prints and Drawings
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) was an English physician and printmaker. Born in London, Haden was trained as a physician and was admitted to membership in the College of Surgeons in 1842. He received no formal training as an artist. However, he made his first sketches from nature... 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.
Frank W. Benson (1862-1951). Prints and Drawings
Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) was a painter, printmaker, and educator. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Benson received his training as an artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Académie Julien in Paris. He subsequently became an instructor in painting and... 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 architectural and cartographic collection (AR001)
This collection consists of items from the General architectural and cartographic collection (AR001) 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 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 Bellows (1882-1925). Prints and Drawings
George Bellows (1882-1925) was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1904 Bellows moved to New York, where he studied with Robert Henri. Although he continued to paint, in 1916 Bellows took up lithography and, working first with George C. Miller and later with Bolton... more
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 Cruikshank (1792-1878). Prints and Drawings
George Cruikshank (1792-1878) was an English caricaturist and book illustrator. Born in London to Isaac Cruikshank, one of the leading English caricaturists of the 1790s, George received his early training as his father’s apprentice and assistant. Coming of age during a major period in 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 S. Boutwell Map Collection
Governor George Boutwell (1818-1905) gained prominence as a figure on the national scene when he reorganized the Internal Revenue Bureau as its first commissioner during the Lincoln Administration. As a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts his strong positions against slavery and support of... more
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). Etchings
Born in Mogliano Veneto, near Venice, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was one of the most important Italian printmakers of the period and his views of Rome continue to define modern ideas of the ancient city. He began an apprenticeship in architecture and engineering with his uncle, who... 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
Hatfield Historical Museum Civil War Collection
108 men from the town of Hatfield, MA, enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War -- about 8 percent of the town's population. They were farmers, laborers, and tradesmen. They were fathers, husbands, and sons -- some just 17 or 18 years old. In 1861 and '62, Hatfield men volunteered to... more
Hatfield History Collection
Represented here are items from our collection that document and showcase the history of the town of Hatfield, Massachusetts, founded in 1670. It was originally settled as the "West Side" of Hadley, MA (founded 1659), just across the Connecticut River. Hatfield was originally a frontier village,... 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
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904). Lithographs and Other Prints
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) was a French painter and printmaker. Born in Grenoble, he moved with his family to Paris in 1841. There, Fantin-Latour received his first drawing lessons from his father, Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour, who was a portrait painter. In 1850, he began more formal... 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
Honoré Daumier (1808-1879). Lithographs, Woodcuts, and Other Prints
The career of Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879) spanned one of the most turbulent periods in French history, including the Revolution of 1830, the Revolution of 1848, the rise of Napoleon III, and the Franco-Prussian War. Daumier established a reputation as a painter and a sculptor, as well as... 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
Hugo Münsterberg Collection, 1890-1916
Hugo Münsterberg (June 1, 1863-December 16, 1916) was born in Danzing, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1885 and his medical degree in 1887. Münsterberg met William James in 1891 and, in 1892, James invited him to a three-year term in the psychological laboratory at Harvard.... 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
Incunabula (Collection of Distinction)
Incunabula or incunables are defined as books printed from the time that Johann Gutenberg perfected moveable types sometime between 1440–1445 until January 1, 1501. The term comes from the Latin for “things from the cradle,” i.e., the cradle of printing. While learning and knowledge in 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
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I (CC010)
This collection consists of items from the Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I (CC010) 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.
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection II (CC011)
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 Papers, 1791-1862
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
Jamaica Plain Historical Society Photo Gallery
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society preserves and promotes the rich history of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. This digital set includes photographs from their photo collections.
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
James Aronson - W.E.B. Du Bois Collection, 1946-1983
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
James Gillray (1756-1815). Prints and Drawings
James Gillray (1756-1815), English caricaturist and printmaker, became one of the leading chroniclers of his country’s social habits and political struggles at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. Born in London, Gillray was apprenticed to an engraver for whom he... more
James McBey (1883-1959). Prints and Drawings
James McBey (1883-1959) was a Scottish painter and etcher. Born in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, he left school at age 15 to work as a bank clerk while attending evening classes at Gray’s School of Art and teaching himself how to etch. In 1910, McBey decided to pursue a full-time career as an... more
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Lithographs, Etchings, and Drawings
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was an American painter and printmaker born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Whistler received his first training as an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, while his father was working there as a railroad engineer. Whistler’s early interest in art was... more
Japanese prints collection
This collection consists of items from the Japanese prints 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.