The son of a master mariner from Newburyport, Massachusetts, George Richards Coffin was born in Castine, Maine, on Feb. 12, 1832. Sent to Boston at the age of 19 to get his start in business as a clerk, Coffin became a wharfinger in 1854, just a year before he married Hannah Balch, the eldest... more
George Russell was an early 20th century commercial photographer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was known for large, panoramic, group photographs. He traveled throughout New England photographing class graduations, group outings, conventions, social events, and fraternal, military, and union... more
Governor George Boutwell (1818-1905) gained prominence as a figure on the national scene when he reorganized the Internal Revenue Bureau as its first commissioner during the Lincoln Administration. As a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts his strong positions against slavery and support of... more
Nine photographs donated to the Wilbraham Public Library by Gertrude Smith. They primarily relate to the Seaver and Bennett families in Wilbraham in the early 1900s.
This designation was introduced after the war when the monuments of the Gettysburg Battlefield were being erected. Some historians have argued that the battle was the turning point of the war and that this was the place that represented the Confederacy's last major offensive operation in the... more
As a student at Mount Hermon School in the late 1920s, Gifford Hoag Towle met Marjorie Ripley Blossom, a young woman at the Northfield School for Girls. When Giff went on to the Massachusetts Agricultural College (BS 1932) and Marjorie to a midwestern Bible College for a year (before being... more
This collection of negatives came with some remnants of the sleeves that originally held the negatives. There is no sign of the name of the photographer. Two sleeves had dates (1907 and 1909). All the negatives are glass with the exception of number 31, which was possibly cellulose acetate.... more
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
This collection consists of items from the Girls: Boys Will Be Girls 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.
Presented here is a collection of largely unidentified scenes in Newton, Massachusetts in the late 1800s or early 1900s. 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... more
This collection consists of items from the Glass Plates collection hosted by Provincetown History Preservation Project. 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 Gleason Leonard Archer Personal Papers, 1790-1999 (MS108) collection hosted by Suffolk University, Moakley Archive & Institute. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital... more
The Glendale Collection includes miscellaneous photographs of unknown provenance. The earliest are tintypes from the mid-19th century. The majority are photographs and postcards from the early 1900s, primarily of families and locations in the Glendale section of town, near the Glendale Methodist... more
Gloria Xifaras Clark was working as an elementary school teacher in her home town of New Bedford in 1964 when she answered the call to enlist in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. A recent graduate of Wheelock College, she was assigned to teach in the Benton County Freedom School... more
Access to the collection All maps and atlases are available for use at the Library through the Reference Department. In addition, some maps have been transformed into digital images which can be access via this site.
Access to the oral histories The oral histories are available on CD to be checked out at the library. In addition, the oral histories have been transformed into .mp3 files that can be access via this site. Additional information about oral histories For more information about oral history... more
Additional Information about Postcards To find out more about postcards try these web sites: Smithsonian National Postal Museum Chicago Postcard Museum Postcardy.com - explore the world of postcards America as it was -- a tour of the USA in vintage postcards History of Postcards -- Emotions... more
John Davis Long (1838-1915) was an American lawyer and politician. Originally from Maine, he eventually settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. Long received a law degree from Harvard University in 1857 and began his political life at the local level in Hingham with a focus on temperance and... more
This collection consists of items from the Grace and Lace Letter 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 organizer, consultant, and educator in the alternative agriculture movement, Grace Gershuny has been active in the field since the 1970s when she worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), developing its first organic certification program. As a leader in the... more