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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 City Hospital Collection
This collection consists of items from the Boston City Hospital 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.
Boston College athletic photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College athletic photographs collection hosted by Boston College University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Boston College Commencement photographs
This collection consists of items from the Boston College Commencement photographs collection hosted by Boston College University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. 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 University Libraries. 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 City of Boston Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
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 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 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.
Bourne Archives Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs documents the villages of the Town of Bourne, the inhabitants and the areas, historic houses, and sites, and the various incarnations of the Cape Cod Canal.
Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery
Boydell's Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare represents the final chapter in a three-part, decades-long commercial publication venture undertaken by John Boydell. Between 1786 and 1804, Boydell prepared a sumptuous, illustrated edition of the works of Shakespeare, along... more
Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys operated out of Sydney, Australia, and explored the FtM experience in the early 1990s. These eight monthly newsletters include reflections from regular contributors as well as various letters to the editor from subscribers.
Breast Form Fund
This collection consists of items from the Breast Form Fund 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.
Bridgewater, Massachusetts Glass Plate Negatives
These glass plate negatives depict the State Normal School and the town of Bridgewater, Massachusetts at the end of the 19th century. Images include the Normal School buildings, campus and students, as well as scenes of the town such as the Central Square, railroad station, firehouse, church... more
Bridgewater Public Library's Bridgewater History
Collection of items documenting Bridgewater history and it's citizens.
Bridgewater Raynham High School yearbooks
Collection of Unitas Bridgewater Raynham High School at the Bridgewater Public Library.
Bridgewater State University Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs document the history of Bridgewater State University, which opened in 1840 as a State Normal School – the third such school devoted to teacher preparation in both Massachusetts and the nation. The original items are held by the Archives and Special Collections at... more
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital Collection
This collection contains photographs, documents, and monographs from the early history (late 19th century to mid-20th century) of Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Contents include the founding Faulkner family, the Faulkner Hospital Training School for Nurses (later known as the... more
Britta Fischer, U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association Photograph Collection, 1978
A sociologist of science and engineering and member of Science for the People, Britta Fischer traveled to the People's Republic of China in 1978 as part of a tour arranged by the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association. Organized in 1974 to foster people-to-people diplomacy and a... more
Broadsides
132. Broadsides
This collection consists of items from the Broadsides 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.
Brockton: The Early Years as a City in Photographs, 1881-1950
Brockton's city seal exemplifies the city's ethos as envisioned at its incorporation: education, industry, and progress. Excellence in education, shoe city to the world, and progress in being the first with a three-wire underground electric system, first electrically operated fire station, first... more
Brockton's Golden Age of Theater: Brockton City Theatre Packets 1884-1922
Brockton enjoyed an active and rich theater life during the late nineteenth century into the early years of the twentieth century. The "crowning glory" of Main Street during this golden age was City Theatre. Boasting a house orchestra, the first theater electrically lit by an outside station... more
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.
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
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
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
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 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