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Samuel Smith Manuscript
Presented here is manuscript eventually published as "History of Newton, Massachusetts : town and city, from its earliest settlement to the present time, 1630-1880" in 1880. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental... more
Schools and colleges, 1868-1979, 1900-1929
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
Seth Davis Notebook
Presented here is a brief history of Newton from 1661 onward in very light handwriting, which deals especially with the breaking away of Newton from Cambridge. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These... more
Some Newtonville Homes
Presented here is a booklet designed to promote Newtonville to home buyers and new home builders. 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... more
Sparrows, Finches, Etc. of New England
Presented here is a book by Charles Johnson Maynard (1845-1929), a Newton naturalist and ornithologist, who wrote this book on sparrows and finches as a teaching device to train young bird watchers' eyes and ears. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the... more
St. Direct. & Fire Alarm of N 1918
Presented here is a street directory showing the village, ward, and terminal boundaries of all Newton streets and location of fire alarm signal stations. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These materials... more
Standard Diary & Daily Reminder
Presented here is the diary of 12 year old Esmond Rice, who was born in 1892 and lived most of his life in Waban, a village of Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These materials... more
Susanna Peyser Collection, 1982-1989
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