This collection contains more than 300 volumes relating to and by Walt Whitman. The collection was founded by Whitman's earliest biographer, Dr. Richard M. Bucke. In 1896, four years after the poet's death, Bucke gave to Boston Public Library a large group of Whitman's material, much of which he... more
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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
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.
Wendy Artin (born 1963) is a watercolorist, born and based in Boston, MA. Her work is inspired by her travels in Italy, France, and the United States. Many of these works were displayed as part of an exhibition entitled “Works on Paper,” held in the Wiggin Gallery in 1996. Her work was also... more
The WHDH Collection at the Boston Public Library consists of some two million feet of film footage representing the entire WHDH library from 1961 until it ceased operations in 1972. It includes news coverage and special programming relating mainly to people, events, and scenes of the Boston... more
William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English painter and printmaker. Born into a middle class family in London, Hogarth was apprenticed to the engraver Ellis Gamble at age 15. By 1720, he had established his own business as an engraver. During the 1720s, he also studied painting with Sir James... more
Winslow Homer was born in Boston in 1836, the second of three sons of Henrietta Benson and Charles Savage Homer. His father, a hardware importer, and his mother, an amateur watercolorist, encouraged his early interest in art. Homer had to piece together his artistic training as no art schools... more