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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
Association for Gravestone Studies Book Collection
This collection consists of items from the Association for Gravestone Studies Book 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... more
Attleboro High School yearbooks
Collection of Attleboro High School yearbook at the Attleboro High School library
Auburndale Tradecards
Presented here is the Newton Free Library trade card collection. In the late 1800's advanced industrial technology meant major reduction in the cost of printing and producing advertising. Trade cards were given away by shopkeepers with the purchase of a product. Consumers collected trade cards,... more
Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
This collection consists of items from the Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts 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.
Audrey R. Duckert Quabbin Valley Oral History Collection, 1966-1980
Trained as a linguist, Audrey R. Duckert was a pioneer in the study of American regional English. Born in the small town of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, Duckert took up the study of dialect while a student at the University of Wisconsin during the 1940s, and after completing her... more
Augustinian Priests Photograph Collection
The Order of St. Augustine was founded by Augustine himself in the 5th century AD. The order was based on a code of practical Christian life based on the Gospel precepts of charity, love of God and neighbor, and of submissiveness to one’s spiritual and temporal guides and rulers. By the end of... more
Austin W. White papers
This collection consists of items from the Austin W. White papers 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.
Ayer Mill Spinning Department
The Ayer Mill was one of a number of American Woolen Company mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The mill was constructed by William Wood in 1909, during a period of expansion of the industry. It was located on the south side of the Merrimack River across Union Street from the mammoth Wood Mill... more
Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917 (PC022)
This collection consists of items from the Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917 (PC022) 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.
Barbara Rotundo Photograph Collection, ca. 1970-2004
A long-time member of the English Department at the University of Albany, Barbara Rotundo was a 1942 graduate in economics at Mount Holyoke College. After the death of her husband, Joseph in 1953, Rotundo became one of the first female faculty members at Union College, and after earning... more
Barlow Album
A collection of portrait photos from the family album of Rufus Barlow (1813-1887) and Clarissa (Spelman) Barlow (1808-1900). The album appears to have been created around the time of their marriage in 1849 and contains photos of family members and prominent Granville citizens. Unfortunately,... more
Barnstable Patriot Photograph Collection, 1931-1978
The Barnstable Patriot is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States and the oldest continuous, uninterrupted publication in Barnstable County, MA. It began publication with its first weekly issue on June 26, 1830. The portion of the collection that has been digitized here covers the... more
Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection, 1972-1975
A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Wake Forest University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA, 1966), Barr Gallop Ashcraft (1940-2005) lived what he called a “gypsy” life in the late 1960s, traveling through the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and eventually... more
Barre Class Photos
This collection of photographs primarily highlights the students, faculty, and staff of the former Barre High School from its construction in 1901--as a gift from benefactor Henry Woods, who also built the town library--to its closure in 1967. Class pictures, yearbook contents, and sports-team... more
Barre Historical Society Map Collection
The Barre Historical Society has archived a collection of maps pertaining to the settlement and development of the Town of Barre, Massachusetts, from the late 1700s to the present day. These maps include residential, business, and public space locations, as well as school districts. Certain maps... more
Barrett family papers (MS007)
This collection consists of items from the Barrett family papers (MS007) 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.
Baseball
120. Baseball
The New England League was a mid-level league in American minor league baseball that played sporadically in four of the six New England states (Vermont and Connecticut excepted) between 1885 and 1949. They styled themselves the Lawrences, the Blues, the Haverhills, and so on. After 1901, the... more
Basil Welch Collection
This collection contains glass plate negatives of Martha's Vineyard subjects, photographed by Edward Lee Luce and collected and organized by Basil Welch. Additional materials collected and produced by Basil Welch, including photographs and oral history recordings, are located at the Martha's... more
Bates-Weston-Chapman Collection
Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was an abolitionist who was born in Weymouth. In 1832, Maria Weston Chapman and other women founded the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. They raised funds by organizing the annual Boston Anti-Slavery Bazaar, an event they ran from 1835 to 1858. Weston Chapman... more
Bay Path University Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs and slides amassed at the archives at Bay Path University from c. 1923-2006, with the majority of photographs from 1943 on. The photographs are of student life, professional conferences, the Bay Path campus and buildings, commencement ceremonies, homecomings... more
Beaman Memorial Public Library Historical Collection
Presented here are photographs that document the history of West Boylston, Massachusetts. Highlights include photographs taken around 1890, at the time of the building of the Wachusett Reservoir, and photographs by James Higgins.James Higgins was born in 1867 in Fitchburg, married Lila G. Dana... more
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House collection (MS036)
This collection consists of items from the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House collection (MS036) 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.
Becker collection
This collection consists of items from the Becker 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.
Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers, 1831-1921 (Bulk: 1851-1915)
The papers of Benjamin Smith Lyman (1835-1920), a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and a geologist/mining engineer who worked in Japan at the request of the Meiji government to introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques, illuminate aspects of late nineteenth... more
Bentley University Historic Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs documenting every aspect and era of Bentley University, originally known as the "Bentley School of Accounting and Finance." Since this is an aggregated collection, photographs are organized by unique ID number and not by subject or date. We encourage you to... more
Berg and Høeg Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Berg and Høeg Photographs 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.
Berkley Community School yearbook
Collection of Berkley Community School yearbook at the Berkley Public Library.
Berkley History
This collection consists of items from the Berkley History collection hosted by SAILS Library Network. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Berkley Middle School yearbook
Collection of Berkley Middle School yearbook at the Berkley Public Library.
Berkley Public Library Local History
This series includes materials from the Berkley Public Library Local History collection.
Berkshire Community College Oral History Collection
This collection consists of items from the Berkshire Community College Oral History 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... more
Bernard Jaffe Papers, 1955-2016
A New York native with a deep commitment to social justice, Bernard Jaffe was an attorney, confidant, and longtime friend of W.E.B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois. In 1951, Jaffe joined Du Bois's defense team at a time when the civil rights leader was under indictment for failing to... more
Bernard Sullivan Photographs
These photographs were a gift of Bernard Sullivan. They depict the workers engaged in building the Ayer Mill chimney and the finished chimney.
Bernie Moss Collection, ca. 1960-1978
A fixture of the Boston Jazz scene, Bernie Moss began taking photographs in the early 1960s, capturing musicians on stage and after hours in the clubs he frequented. Musicians that Moss would meet at Connelly’s, the Savoy Cafe, Lennie’s on the Turnpike, and later the Jazz Workshop, would often... more
Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little papers (MS015)
This collection consists of items from the Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little papers (MS015) 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.
Beverly High School Collection
Photograph collection of Beverly High School, Beverly, Mass., which was used as part of a Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System digitization project.
Beverly Picture Collection
Historic images of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Beverly Postcard Collection
Historic postcards of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Bill Duesing Politics of Food Collection, 1997-1998
A pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer over for four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles... more
Bill Keith Collection, 1960-2013
A stylistic innovator and influential perfomer on the five string banjo, Bill Keith is credited with transforming the instrument from a largely percussive role into a one where it carried the melody. A native of Boston and 1961 graduate of Amherst College, Keith cut his teeth as a performer in... more
Bill Lichtenstein Collection, 1965-1976
In 1970, just fourteen years-old, Bill Lichtenstein began working as a volunteer on the listener line at WBCN-FM in Boston, moving up to become a newscaster and announcer and helping to pioneer the station’s innovative on-air sound with montages of actualities, music, and comedy. As... more
Billerica, Massachusetts: History captured on glass
These images were taken by Natt Hutchins, a photographer from North Billerica, with the assistance of H. W. Sheldon. Together, they captured life in Billerica at the turn of the 20th century. Over 1000 images were captured on glass between the late 1890s and 1912. Both men were employees of the... more
Biographical Pamphlet (Fields)
Presented here are extended eulogies written as sermons, funeral tributes or memorial speeches for prominent New England men, some from Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and governmental past. These... more
Biographical Pamphlet (Livermore)
Presented here are extended eulogies written as sermons, funeral tributes or memorial speeches for prominent New England men, some from Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and governmental past. These... more
The Birds of America: From Original Drawings by John James Audubon
The first edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America was issued through a collaboration between Audubon and the London printmakers Robert Havell, Sr. and Robert Havell, Jr., with some plates engraved by William H. Lizars, of Edinburgh. The prints were originally sold by subscription and... more
Blake Slonecker Oral History Collection, 2008
An historian at Waldorf College, Blake Slonecker has written frequently on the intersections between the varied social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, including the civil rights and student movements, gay and women's liberation, environmentalism and pacifism. Building from his... more
Blanchard-Means Family Papers
This collection consists of items from the Blanchard-Means Family Papers 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
Blind in Art Collection
This collection presents a fascinating glimpse of ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired have been portrayed in works of art through the ages. It consists of reproduction prints, posters, photographs, clippings, and a few original art objects relating to the depiction in works... more
Blue Books of Newton
Presented here are directories, which usually include a folding map of Newton, list of residents by name and by street address with illustrated advertisements and business directory, clubs and societies, location of fire boxes, seating plan of theatres and concert halls in the area including... more
Board of Trustees Records, 1863-2010
Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew incorporated the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863. The first board of fourteen trustees was charged with the task of creating a new agricultural college. The following year, members of the Board were... more
Bob Dziadosz
Various Polish organizations planned the celebration of the life of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary War hero, at the time of the 150th anniversary of his death. Saturday October 12, 1929, the Polish groups joined the Columbus Day parade, which was preceded by a solemn high... more
Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives
This collection consists of items from the Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives 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.
Book of Common Prayer (Collection of Distinction)
The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer is one of the most abundant existing collections of its kind. It includes first-edition copies of the first Prayer Book of 1549, King Edward’s second Prayer Book of 1552, Queen Elizabeth’s Book of 1559, King James of 1604, and five... more
Book of hours
This collection consists of items from the Book of hours 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.
Book of Hours (Use of Bourges), ca. 1460
Guillaume Claude Robinet, an avocat du roi from Issoudun (Indre), France, married Catherine Tabouet on Jan. 15, 1591. A medieval book of hours of the use of Bourges, this manuscript is illuminated with six miniature paintings, each above a four-line initial and accompanied by an originally... more
Boston & Albany Railroad Company photographic collection, 1890s-ca. 1920 (PC015)
This collection consists of items from the Boston & Albany Railroad Company photographic collection, 1890s-ca. 1920 (PC015) 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.
Boston 200 Publications
This collection consists of items from the Boston 200 Publications collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston 200 Records
This collection consists of items from the Boston 200 Records collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston and New England Maps (Collection of Distinction)
The primary geographical focus of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century Boston and New England Maps Collection is the local region, encompassing Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. The collection consists of more than 600 maps of the city of Boston and approximately 1,000... more
Boston Athenaeum, Cartographic Collection
Boston Athenæum Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. In creating the Boston Athenæum, their purpose was to form "an establishment similar to that of the Athenæum and Lyceum of... more
Boston Brewery Posters
Boston, in the early 1900s, was home to 31 breweries. There were 24 breweries in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain and all were located in the vicinity of Columbus Avenue, Heath, and Armory Streets. The abundant water supply from the aquifer along the Stony Brook, artesian wells around Mission Hill, and... more
Boston Bridge Works
This collection consists of seven black-and-white photographs of bridges constructed by the Boston Bridge Works, along with a plate showing 11 cross-sections of sewers.    
Boston Building Department photographic collection, 1920s-1930s (PC016)
This collection consists of items from the Boston Building Department photographic collection, 1920s-1930s (PC016) 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.
Boston Children’s Museum Lantern Slides
Founded in 1913 by a group of teachers in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Boston Children's Museum began a "hands–on" tradition long before that phrase became commonplace. Through museum games, clubs, and field trips, curators and docents helped children and youth make sense of and even... more
Boston Children’s Museum Scrapbooks from the American History Collection
Boston Children’s Museum has been a collecting institution since its founding in 1913 and is one of the few children’s museums in the world that maintains a collection. Nearly 20 percent of the overall collection is dedicated to American history, focusing on objects that portray the evolution of... more
Boston City Hospital Collection
This collection consists of items from the Boston City Hospital collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston College alumni papers
This collection consists of items from the Boston College alumni papers 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.
Boston College athletic photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College athletic photographs 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.
Boston College building and campus images
This collection consists of items from the Boston College building and campus images 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.
Boston College charter of incorporation and amendments
This collection consists of items from the Boston College charter of incorporation and amendments 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.
Boston College collection of Yeats family papers
This collection consists of items from the Boston College collection of Yeats family papers 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.
Boston College Commencement materials
This collection consists of items from the Boston College Commencement materials 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.
Boston College Evening College photographs (early years)
This collection consists of items from the Boston College Evening College photographs (early years) 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.
Boston College faculty and staff photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College faculty and staff photographs 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.
Boston College special guests and events photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College special guests and events photographs 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.
Boston College students and campus life photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College students and campus life photographs 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.
Boston College theater productions
This collection consists of items from the Boston College theater productions 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.
Boston Elevated Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston Elevated Photographs collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection (AR024)
This collection consists of items from the Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection (AR024) 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.
Boston Gas Company
This collection consists of items from the Boston Gas Company 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.
Boston Latin School Photograph Collection
This collection contains photographs documenting a range of Boston Latin School's activities and events. It includes images of sports teams, drama and music groups, students, faculty, classrooms, and school buildings. The photographs date mainly from the late-19th to the mid-20th century.
Boston (Mass.) Overseers of the Poor Indentures, 1734-1805
From 1630-1692, Boston's poor were the responsibility of the town Selectmen who believed that the welfare of the individual should come second to the religious and secular needs of the community and, conversely, that the community had a responsibility to the welfare of the individual. Thus,... more
Boston Matchcovers Collection
The bookmatch was patented in the 1890s by John Pusey, a Pennsylvania patent lawyer, who sold the patent outright to the Diamond Match Company in 1896. Soon after the sale, the bookmatch became hugely popular as an advertising giveaway and the first crudely printed example of its use appeared in... more
Boston Pictorial Archive (Collection of Distinction)
The Boston Pictorial Archive is one of the largest distinct collections of images related to Boston held by a public institution and the essential resource for Boston architectural, social, and neighborhood history. It includes more than 6,000 images on paper representing the visual history of... more
Boston Police Department Rules and Regulations
This collection consists of items from the Boston Police Department Rules and Regulations collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston Postcard Collection
Souvenir picture postcards made their American debut at Chicago’s 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. These new cards appealed immediately to a budget-conscious public as inexpensive keepsakes and an economical means of communication; by the early 1900s, the United States was in the throes of a... more
The Boston Printmakers Collection
The idea for establishing The Boston Printmakers came from faculty members and students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, whose goal was to promote printmaking in Boston. At the invitation of Arthur Heintzelman, Boston Public Library’s first Keeper of Prints and an... more
Boston Redevelopment Authority Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston Redevelopment Authority Photographs collection hosted by Boston City Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston Theatre Broadsides - Spring 1857
This collection of broadside advertisements from the Boston Theatre date from the 1856-1857 theatrical season. The theatre, located at 539 Washington Street, opened in 1854 with seating for over 3,000 patrons. The venue hosted not only theatrical productions but also grand opera, ballet,... more
Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s (PC017)
This collection consists of items from the Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s (PC017) 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.
Boston Wharf Company Collection
This collection of glass-plate negatives was given by the Boston Wharf Company to the Boston Public Library's Print Department in 1995. The negatives were taken circa 1898-1907 as a record of the buildings then owned and managed by the Boston Wharf Company in the Fort Point Channel Area of... more
Botanical Prints
Presented here are botanical prints that date from 1620 to 1969. Subjects include such items as orchids, camellias, lilies, grapes, and apples. Among the artists featured in this collection are Magdalena Bouchard, Claude Aubriet, and Isaac Sprague. Techniques include aquatints, etchings,... more
Bourne Archives Map Collection
This collection of maps shows the villages, neighborhoods, and historic sites of the Town of Bourne, including the Cape Cod Canal.