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Earle D. Wilson Collection
The photograph series within the Earle D. Wilson Collection contains over 700 images accumulated by New Bedford newspaperman, theater manager, and radio personality Earle D. Wilson (1894-1976) over the course of his career. Many of the images were acquired for use in “Remember?,” a nostalgia... more
Gilbert D. Kingman Photograph Collection
The Gilbert D. Kingman Photograph Collection is comprised of late 19th-century views of New Bedford storefronts, mills, street scenes, homes, schools, railroad stations, and wharfs. Kingman (1852-1906) was both an amateur photographer and a photograph collector. As a result, this collection... more
Joseph G. Tirrell Photograph Collection
The Joseph G. Tirrell Photograph Collection consists of images created by Tirrell (1840-1907). The images were created during the later years of his life, when he recorded New Bedford’s waterfronts, buildings, streets, and the declining whaling industry, sometimes in collaboration with his... more
Oliveira Photograph Collection
The Oliveira Photograph Collection focuses on New Bedford’s Portuguese community in the early twentieth century. All taken in 1932 by a photographer known only by his surname, the 37 photos that comprise the collection document clubs, social functions, dramatic societies, churches, religious... more
Photograph Collection
The Photograph Collection consists of images documenting the people, places and events of Southeastern Massachusetts from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Most of the subjects are linked to New Bedford, Massachusetts and the surrounding towns of Fairhaven, Dartmouth,... more
Rotogravure Collection
The Rotogravure Collection consists of clippings of rotogravure images published in New Bedford, Massachusetts newspapers, including the Standard, the Mercury, and the Standard-Times. Although some of the images are contemporaneous to their publication dates, most date to the turn of the 20th... more