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Brookline Photograph Collection
Represented here are postcards and photographs that mainly depict views of Brookline from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. The core of the photograph collection is made up of photographs that were donated to the library in the late 1920s by Town Clerk Edward W. Baker.
Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection
The Brookline Public Library Manuscript Collection consists of collected papers and documents related to the town of Brookline, including family papers, letters, deeds, wills, account books, political and military history, church and school documents, and various miscellaneous articles.
Brother David Steind-Rast Papers, 1928-2015
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born Franz Kuno in Vienna, Austria, in 1926. He discovered The Rule of St. Benedict as a young man, which sent him on a search for an authentic version of Benedictine practice. This search brought him through the Second World War in Vienna, where he earned a... more
Buildings, Celebrations, Cemeteries and Headstones, Churches and Synagogues, 1880-1990
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
Bullard Family Scrapbook, 1898-1901
The Bullard family were among the early settlers of New Salem, Massachusetts, a small, rural town incorporated in the western part of the state in 1753. Assembled by a member of the Bullard family at the turn of the twentieth century, this scrapbook contains an apparently complete set... more
Burgett-Irey Family Papers, 1832-2012
Born in 1908 to Louis and Sarah Kessel Burgett, Katherine grew up on the family farm outside of Oquawka, Illinois. In 1924 her parents purchased their own farm in Monmouth, which they later lost due to the devastating impact of the Depression on agriculture, and it was there that she... more
Burt V. Brooks Photograph Collection, 1889-1934
The artist Burt Vernon Brooks was one of the outstanding chroniclers of daily life in the Swift River Valley before it was inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Born in Brimfield, Mass., in 1849 and raised in Monson, Brooks moved to Greenwich with his family in the 1870s, where... more
Businesses and shopping, Fire Department, Forestry Department, Hospitals,  1867-2003, 1900-1979
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
Businesses, Churches, GAR Charles Ward Post #62, Houses, Newton Flag, Parades, Railroads, Schools, School Bands, Villages
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
Button Collection
This collection consists of items from the Button 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.
C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016)
This collection consists of items from the C. G. Sargent's Sons collection (CC016) 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.
Caleb Foote Papers, 1851-1995 (bulk 1939-1995)
A legal scholar and pacifist, Caleb Foote was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 26, 1917, the son of a Unitarian minister and Quaker mother. Earning degrees in history from Harvard (AB 1939) and economics from Columbia (MA 1941), Foote was hired by the Fellowship of Reconciliation to organize... more
Cambridge Photo Morgue Collection
The Cambridge Photo Morgue Collection contains black-and-white prints taken by newspaper photographers to illustrate stories regarding the city of Cambridge. Images in this collection represent a wide breadth of topics including protests, political figures, buildings, and city projects, thus... more
Cambridge World War I Memorial Plaques
This set of wood plaques honors soldiers from Cambridge, Mass. who died in World War I. The plaques were dedicated in 1928 by Edward W. Quinn, Mayor (1918-1929) and put on display in the War Memorial Athletic Facility in Cambridge, Mass. Each plaque bears an image of the solider on a copper... more
Camp Wapello, Friendship, Maine collection (CC015)
This collection consists of items from the Camp Wapello, Friendship, Maine collection (CC015) 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.
Campus Life
This collection contains photographs collected by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Archive from approximately 1875-1975. The photographs are of campus life and include images of students, faculty, and campus buildings.
Campus Maps from Phillips Academy Archives and Special Collections
Founded in 1778, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest boarding schools in the United States. The Archives and Special Collections collects, preserves, organizes, and provides access to records of the school, rare books, and other historical materials. This digital... more
Canal Park Committee Collection
The town of South Hadley was settled in 1727 near the Great Falls, a 53-foot drop in the Connecticut River. The South Hadley Canal was completed in 1795 and allowed boats to bypass the falls and transport goods to Western Massachusetts. It was the first commercially navigable canal in the United... more
Canton Historical Commission Photos of Canton, 1965, by Edward D. Galvin (this print collection held at the Canton Historical Society)
The Canton Historical Commission was appointed by the Canton Board of Selectmen circa 1964 and its members elected Edward D. Galvin to serve as Chair. The group decided to photograph a wide variety of buildings and landmarks to document what the town looked like in 1965, as Canton was then going... more
Canton Public Library Local History Collection
The Canton Public Library Local History Collection exists to collect, preserve, and educate the public by providing access to historical records that document, inspire, and promote community interest in, and appreciation for, the history of the town of Canton.The collection is comprised of... more
Cape Cod Association Collection, 1851-1969
The Cape Cod Association was founded in 1851 to "encourage and promote among all the native born and descended of Cape Cod, temperance, industry, sincerity, good humor, charity, the social affections and generous sentiments." In 1877, the Association shifted its focus from social activities and... more
Carl and Edith Entratter Henry Papers, ca.1935-2001
Born into an affluent Reform Jewish family in Cincinnati in 1913, Carl Henry Levy studied philosophy under Alfred North Whitehead at Harvard during the height of the Great Depression. A brilliant student during his time at Harvard, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in the class of... more
Carl Halpern Papers, 1920-1986 (bulk 1950-1965)
Born in 1902, Carl Halpern grew up in the Bronx where he attended elementary school. Upon leaving school, he took several jobs, including shoe salesman and accounting clerk, before he was hired as an errand boy in 1917 at the Electro-Chemical Engraving Company. Halpern stayed with the... more
Carl Oglesby Papers, ca. 1965-2004
Reflective, critical, and radical, Carl Oglesby was an eloquent voice of the New Left during the 1960s and 1970s. A native of Ohio, Oglesby was working in the defense industry in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1964 when he became radicalized by what he saw transpiring in Vietnam. Through his... more
Carlos Heiligmann Collection
This collection consists of items from the Carlos Heiligmann 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 Digital Commonwealth.
Carlos Heiligmann Collection, 2002-2017
Since his youth in Mexico City, Carlos Heiligmann has traveled with a camera in hand. An industrial engineer by training and documentary photographer by nature, he has captured images throughout his world travels, and recently has concentrated on recording libraries in the small towns of... more
Carmela Otero
Carmela Otero of Newark, New Jersey was a student in the Deaf-Blind Program at Perkins in the 1930s. Carmela arrived at Perkins at age six and developed a vocabulary of 402 words in two years time. She became a proficient user of the Tadoma method, and also used her voice and speech to... more
Carmen A. Pola Papers
This collection consists of items from the Carmen A. Pola Papers collection hosted by Northeastern University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Carte de Visite Collection
The carte de visite, also known as a CDV, was a photographic format first produced in the 1850s, which became wildly popular in the 1860s. It consisted of a small photographic print (typically an albumen print) mounted on card stock measuring approximately 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. The cards were... more
Cartes-de-visite photographic collection, ca. 1858-1866 (PC008)
This collection consists of items from the Cartes-de-visite photographic collection, ca. 1858-1866 (PC008) 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.
Carver Public Library Cranberry Labels
A collection of cranberry labels donated to the Carver Public Library by Clark Griffith.
Carver Public Library's Cemetery Records
Collection of cemetery records for the town of Carver at the Carver Public Library.
Cary Library Local History Collection
In addition to hundreds of books about the Battle of Lexington, Cary Memorial Library has a substantial collection of materials on all aspects of Lexington's history, from colonial and revolutionary times to the present. The Lexington Collection includes:- Published histories- Town annual... more
Cased Photographs
The term cased photograph refers specifically to two 19th century photographic media: the daguerreotype and the ambrotype, and, slightly less accurately, the tintype.The earliest and most important of these processes, the daguerreotype, consisted of a photographic image on a highly polished... more
Casey family papers (MS008)
This collection consists of items from the Casey family papers (MS008) 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.
Castonguay Carved Bird Collection at West Yarmouth Library
Donated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. Harold Castonguay's daughter Ann, the collection includes 40 intricately carved and painted figures of waterfowl, songbirds and shorebirds. Carved by Russell Pratt Burr of Hingham, the birds are in miniature and mounted on pieces of driftwood.About the... more
Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters
This collection consists of items from the Catharine Mitchill '31 Collection of Family Letters collection hosted by Wellesley College. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
CCTV
240. CCTV
This collection consists of items from the CCTV 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.
Celia Thaxter correspondence with Annie Fields, 1869-1893
This collection contains letters written by Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) between 1869 and 1893. The majority of the letters are addressed to American writer Annie Fields (1834-1915) and document Thaxter’s daily life: writing and other artistic endeavors, gardening, book discussions, family troubles... more
Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service Records
This collection consists of items from the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service Records collection hosted by Northeastern University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Center Programs, Initiatives, and Crowd-sourced Projects
This collection consists of items from the Center Programs, Initiatives, and Crowd-sourced Projects collection hosted by Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be... more
Centre Street Widening Project
This collection consists of items from the Centre Street Widening Project 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.
Challenger STS-51L
This collection consists of items from the Challenger STS-51L 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.
Charles C. Perkins (1823-1886) Collection
Charles Callahan Perkins (1823-1886) spent much of his life in Boston as an author, art critic, and supporter of cultural activity, especially related to art and music. Following his studies at Harvard College, Perkins pursued additional studies in Europe. He is well known in Boston as a founder... more
Charles E. and M. Sybil Hartley Eshbach Papers, 1913-1990
Charles Edgar Eshbach, Jr., a 1937 graduate of Massachusetts State College, and Maude Sybil Hartley met in late 1939, while she was a student at Simmons College and he was working for the New England Radio News Service, part of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. They soon began dating... more
Charles F. Clagg Photograph Collection
The entomologist Charles F. Clagg was born in Barnstable, Mass., in 1904 and received his bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1927. Although never able to complete his graduate degree, Clagg enjoyed a long and productive career in entomology. Listed as a... more
Charles Frizzell Collection
Raised in suburban Boston, Charlie Frizzell became a well-known photographer of the music scene during the height of the folk revival of the early 1960s. At the age of 14, Frizzell took up photography after landing his first job at a camera shop, and he developed his talents under the... more
Charles H. Tracy Documents
This collection consists of items from the Charles H. Tracy Documents collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Charles H. Woodbury (1864-1940). Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Oil Paintings, and Copper Plates
Charles Herbert Woodbury (1864-1940) was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1886, Woodbury received a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and then established a studio in Boston. Although known as a painter and a printmaker, Woodbury also was interested in... more
Charles J. Connick Records: Gouaches
Charles J. Connick (1875-1945) was one of the pre-eminent artists in stained glass in the early twentieth century; his stained glass studio created approximately 15,000 windows in over 5,000 commissions from 1912 to 1986. The Boston Public Library's collection includes 2,150 studies for these... more
Charles L. Whipple Papers, 1925-1991
Charles Lewis Whipple was a noted journalist, editor, and the first ombudsperson for the Boston Globe. As a student at Harvard in the 1930s, Whipple joined the Young Communist League, carrying his radical politics with him when he joined the Globe staff in 1936 and became an active member of... more
Charles River, City Hall, Community Schools, Crystal Lake, Echo Bridge, Tocci Family Collection, John Eliot Memorial, 1900-1980
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
Charlestown High School Records
This collection consists of items from the Charlestown High School Records 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.
Charlestown Lantern Slides
After the Reverend Wolcott Cutler (1891-1965) was appointed rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, he became interested in the long and rich history of his community. In addition to taking his own photographs of Charlestown's historic sites and streets, Reverend Cutler combed... more
Charlotte McLeod Collection
This collection consists of items from the Charlotte McLeod 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.
Chelsea, Mass. Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1906-1910. (PC069)
This collection consists of items from the Chelsea, Mass. Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1906-1910. (PC069) 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.
Chi Chapter Newsletters
This collection consists of items from the Chi Chapter Newsletters 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.
Chicopee Public Library Historic Photographs Collection
This collection consists of items from the Chicopee Public Library Historic Photographs collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Chicopee Weekly Journal
This collection consists of items from the Chicopee Weekly Journal collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Prints and Drawings
Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) was a painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. Born in Boston, Hassam began his artistic career by studying wood engraving and producing designs for letterheads, newspapers, and other commercial publications. In 1882, he established... more
Christine Jorgensen Collection
This collection consists of items from the Christine Jorgensen 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.
Chrysalis Quarterly
This collection consists of items from the Chrysalis Quarterly 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.
Churches
266. Churches
Churches and other church- and religion-related photos, documents, and artifacts, all relating to Granville and surrounding towns.  
Circus Posters
Advertising a circus was difficult before radio, television, and the Internet. To be successful and stay ahead of the competition, a circus owner had to market his show and create a brand that would be recognizable and generate repeat patrons. He had to advertise the features of his show to set... more
City Council Committee on Petition of Isaac Adams Records
This collection consists of items from the City Council Committee on Petition of Isaac Adams Records 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.
City Council Meeting and Hearing Transcripts and Recordings
This collection consists of items from the City Council Meeting and Hearing Transcripts and Recordings 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.
City Directories
This collection consists of items from the City Directories collection hosted by Chicopee Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
City of Chelsea Historical Postcards
The general collection of the Chelsea Public Library Archives includes a wide variety of items including postcards, photographs, oral and written personal histories, books, and city documents. These postcards represent a portion of the collection of general Chelsea history, largely picturing... more
A City of Refugees, the Memories of Cambodia Collection
This collection was donated to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Lowell History by Dorothea Gemos Tsapasaris. Dorothea taught English as a Second Language [ESL] in the Lowell Schools. She was one of the first educators in the late 1980s, early 1990s to gather the stories and... more
Citywide Coordinating Council records
This collection consists of items from the Citywide Coordinating Council records 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.
Citywide Educational Coalition Records
This collection consists of items from the Citywide Educational Coalition Records collection hosted by Northeastern University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Civil Defense Photographs
The National Archives at Boston provides access to and preserves the permanently valuable historical records of Federal agencies based in the New England states. Among our holdings are photographs from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, Region 1, which existed from 1958 to 1961. These... more
Civil War Collection
This collection consists of items from the Civil War collection hosted by Forbes Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Civil War Manuscripts (NEHGS)
This collection contains selected manuscripts from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections related to the American Civil War, 1861-1865. These collections include letters, diaries, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials produced by soldiers that provide details about... more
Civil War Personal Papers and Currency
This small collection consists of five Civil War items unrelated to each other. Two items, the diaries, have been digitized. These diaries belonged to Edward E. Andrus (1820-1897) and Adoniram E. Vining (1841-?). Andrus served in Company H, 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Private. He... more
Civil War Women, Summer Institute 2008
These materials were used in support of a public program.
Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts Photograph Collection, ca.1930-1939
The C.C.C. was a relief program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist unemployed men through the worst years of the Great Depression. In Massachusetts, the C.C.C. was largely engaged in tree planting, fire fighting, insect control, and tree and plant disease control. Contains... more
Civilian Public Service Camp Newsletter Collection, 1941-1944
Born out of a unique collaboration between the United States government and the historic peace churches, the first Civilian Public Service camps were established in 1941 to provide conscientious objectors the option of performing alternative service under civilian command. Nearly 12,000... more
Clamshell Sun Quilt Collection, 1978
To raise funds for the restoration/occupation of the nuclear power plant at Seabrook, N.H., and to support the young Clamshell Alliance, antinuclear activists raffled off a hand-made quilt, a bicycle, totebag, and t-shirts at the 1978 Towards Tomorrow Fair at UMass Amherst. Designed by Carrie... more
Clarence Carroll Clark Papers, 1909-1981
Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1911, Dr. Clark accepted the position of director of the Chapel of the Comforter in Greenwich Village, New York, a mission that abandoned its traditional Christian practices in favor of the teachings of theosophy. A prolific writer and lecturer, Clark stressed... more
Class Statistics NHS Class of 1890
Presented here is a handwritten speech with humorous references to classmates' talents, foibles and incidents in the school year (1889-1890) at Newton High School, Newton, Massachusetts. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and... more
Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection
The Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection is comprised of nearly 10,000 rare postcards dating from the 1890s that depict YMCA buildings, events, and activities in the United States and abroad. It provides a unique and valuable understanding of the significance of the YMCA around the world. The... more
Clifton Johnson Collection
Clifton Johnson (1865-1940) of Hadley, Massachusetts was an accomplished literary figure with some 125 published books and countless magazine and newspaper articles to his credit. A friend of William Dean Howells and John Burroughs, he was an acquaintance of many other late 19th and early 20th... more
Clinton T. Brann Papers, 1891-1963
In 1918, Clinton Melville Tilman Brann, a dentist by training, served with in the 17th Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, a unit cited for gallantry in five critical engagements of the First World War. During his time overseas, Brann maintained an intense... more
Clothing Collection
This collection consists of items from the Clothing 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.
Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection
The Coast Guard Heritage Museum General Collection contains an assortment of documents and images related to U.S. Coast Guard history, which are housed in the archives at this museum. The museum was created in 2005 in the former U.S. Custom House (1856) located in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod,... more
Codman family papers (MS001)
This collection consists of items from the Codman family papers (MS001) 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.
Coffin family papers (MS010)
This collection consists of items from the Coffin family papers (MS010) 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.
Cold Storage/Trap Industry Collection
This collection consists of items from the Cold Storage/Trap Industry 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.
Collaborations
Collaborations allow AgitArte and Papel Machete to connect with kin organizations in struggle and develop solidarity projects with other cultural organizers, artists, organizations, and collectives throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Collaborators have included El Puente – Brooklyn, Southerners... more
Collection of political cartoon drawings / Eddie Germano
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