In 1638, when only Native American trails crossed the land, Mr. Pendleton, Mr. Noyes, and Mr. Brown petitioned the General Court for the New Plantation by Concord, just four miles south by the river. From an artifact found along the river, we know that Native Americans have been in this area for... more
1402. WCVB Collection
This collection consists of items from the WCVB collection hosted by Boston TV News. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
This collection consists of items from the Weld-Appleton family papers (MS005) 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.
The Wellesley Free Library has been an avid promoter and protector of local cultural heritage since its founding in 1883. A portion of Wellesley’s local historical map collection has been digitized for online use, and these maps have been selected to provide a range of material available in the... more
The Wendell Post Collection contains nearly every issue of a community newspaper for a small, rural New England town. Beginning in April 1977 with volume 1, number 2 (there was no number 1), the Postpublished continuously for 24 years, covering local events from a local perspective.... more
1406. West Bridgewater History
Items from the West Bridgewater Public Library about the history of the town of West Bridgewater.
A collection of The Climber yearbook West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School at the West Bridgewater Public Library.
The Howard Collegiate Institute began its classes on October 2, 1883 for girls and young women. Funds to start the school were provided by Capt. Benjamin B. Howard born in West Bridgewater on March 2, 1788. It became known as The Howard Seminary for Women. It was a separate enterprise as a... more
The West Bridgewater Public Library postcard collection. This collection consists of 233 items covering life in the town, activities of the people, activity on the Town River, historic scenes, and buildings all approximately 1914.
Materials in the Westborough High School History Archives explore the history of Westborough High School from the late 1800s to the end of the 20th century. The collection incliudes such items as class photographs, sports keepsakes, letters and other school-related documentation, school... more
The collection contains maps and atlases with a focus on Westborough and its surrounding areas.
On February 4, 2017, the Westborough Public Library asked Westborough residents to bring in historical and cultural items relating to our town for the library to scan and digitize at its "Westborough: Your Town - Your History" Scanning Day. People brought in photographs, documents, uniforms,... more
The Congregational Church in Westhampton, Mass., was formally organized on Sept. 1, 1779, with the installation of a young graduate of Yale, Enoch Hale, brother of the patriot Nathan Hale. At the end of Hale's fifty years in the Westhampton pulpit, the church experienced a crisis that... more
Originally settled by Europeans in 1762, the town of Westhampton, Massachusetts, was separated from adjacent Northampton and incorporated in September 1778. Situated in the western reaches of Hampshire County, it was principally an agricultural town, producing apples, other fruit, and... more
1417. Weymouth Map Collection
The Weymouth Map Collection consists of maps of Weymouth, Massachusetts. The maps include information about local industry and the locations of homes. For more information, please visit the Weymouth Public Libraries online at www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries.
Represented here are photographs, drawings, and other visual materials that depict people, property, events and daily life in Weymouth during the years of 1874 to 1982.
The first public radio station in western New England, WFCR Five College Radio has provided a mix of high quality, locally-produced and nationally syndicated programming since May 1961. In 2012, the station reached over 175,000 listeners per week, with a mix of classical and jazz... more
1420. WGBH Open Vault
Open Vault is the home of the WGBH Media Library and Archives. We provide online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. Since launching in 2007, the ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts,... more
This collection consists of items from the WHDH collection hosted by Boston TV News. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
A not-for-profit media company based in Burlington, Vermont, White Light Communications produced dozens of videos during the late 1980s and early 1990s reflecting the voices and experiences of psychiatric survivors. With initial funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Executive... more
This collection consists of items from the White Mountains stereo views collection, 1850s-1890s (PC051) 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.
The Wilbraham Public Library has a collection of maps of Wilbraham and some of Hampden County. These maps range in date from 1894 to 2005 and include street and zoning maps over the years. Represented here is the majority of our collection.
Photographic prints made from glass plate negatives dating from 1890 to 1943 from the Wilbraham Town Archives, Atheneum Society of Wilbraham, and Wilbraham Monson Academy. Prints are available to view at the Wilbraham Public Library; original negatives are in archival storage.
The Wilbraham Public Library's Town Archives collection includes 10 archival boxes of several hundred photographs, mostly dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s. At some point, they were divided up loosely by subjects such as Churches, Agriculture, Businesses, Private Schools, Public Schools,... more
This collection consists of items from the Wilfred A. French photographic collection, 1880s (PC025) 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.
1431. The Wilkins Notebooks
The items in this collection are drawn from "Old Houses and Families of Carlisle, Mass.," a nuanced and detailed history of the town. This 25-volume set of notebooks was written and compiled by Martha Fifield Wilkins, who donated the series to the Gleason Public Library in 1941.Locally known as... more
This collection consists of items from the William Arthur Reilly collection hosted by City of Boston Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
The William Bollan Papers (Mss 1074), written between 1749 and 1757, consist primarily of petitions and memorials presented by colonial agent William Bollan to the British parliament and/or Lords Commissioners, and correspondence exchanged with British and American government officials. The... 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
Enjoying one of the longest tenures of any administrator in the history of the University of Massachusetts, William Lawson Machmer served under five presidents across 42 years, helping to guide the university through an economic depression, two world wars, and three name changes. During... more
In the 1950s, William P. MacConnell (Class of 1943), and his photogrammetry students in the Dept. of Forestry began using aerial photography to map forests, agricultural fields, wetlands, and other land cover in Massachusetts. Their work was eventually expanded to include the mapping of all... more
Brooks entered the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1871 and graduated in 1875. In 1877, he accepted an invitation from the Japanese government to continue the work begun by Clark to establish the Sapporo Agricultural School. His papers consist of correspondence, photographs,... more
This collection consists of items from the William T. Clark photographic collection, 1920s-1930s (PC020) 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.
A prominent figure in the rural town of Shelburne, Mass., during the early nineteenth century, William Wells served for many years as a town selectman, representative in the state legislature, and captain of the militia. He died in Shelburne in July 1848, leaving behind his wife Prudence (May)... more
This collection consists of items from the Williams College and Williamstown Map Collection, 1876-1987 collection hosted by Williams College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
A convinced Friend who became an advocate for peace, Willis H. White was a member of the East Greenwich Monthly Meeting. A secretary in the Providence-based real estate firm William H. White & Sons, White was active in several organizations promoting peace and spiritual renewal... more
This collection consists of items from the Wind Energy Center (UMass Amherst) collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in... 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
A native New Englander, Winston Lavallee grew up in the Berkshires and attended UMass Amherst where he received his Ph.D. in entomology. He served as a professor for more than 35 years at Holyoke Community College and as a life-long advocate for the stewardship of natural resources... more
A collection of correspondence and signatures by historically significant persons, including politicians, statesmen and military leaders. Included among these are Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and... more
A collection of photographs, contemporary and historic, from the Winthrop Public Library and Museum.
1454. Women Making History Now
This collection consists of items from the Women Making History Now collection hosted by Framingham State University, Henry Whittemore Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Working materials donated to the Boston Architectural College Library by either individuals or family members of individuals who have been either members or honorary members of the Boston Architectural Club.
The scrapbook was put together by Daisy V. Parker, and it contains photographs of Westborough soldiers and newspaper clippings about Westborough's involvement in World War II.
By the turn of the nineteenth century, the Hampshire County town of Worthington, Massachusetts, was a significant crossroads on the Boston-Albany Turnpike, belying its small size. The population in Worthington peaked at barely over 1,000 in 1810, and declined slowly thereafter, although it... more
This collection consists of items from the Xpressions and Monarch Publications collection hosted by Digital Transgender Archive. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
An independent, family-owned corporation based in Dublin, N.H., Yankee Publishing Incorporated is widely known as publisher of Yankee Magazine and Old Farmer's Almanac, two of the most enduring sources of New England's image of itself. First published in 1935, Yankee has adapted... more
From 1903 to 1960, Professor Yoshiaki Yamashita of Tokyo traveled the United States providing instruction in the new martial art of judo. In Washington, D.C., he provided instruction for the sons and daughters of the nation's political and business elite and was brought to the White... more
The letters in this collection document the business dealings of Ziba B. Oakes, a slave broker, who lived in Charleston, South Carolina. The letters were written by several business associates and cover all aspects of the slave trade such as pricing, selling instructions, and resolving problems... more