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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
Clarke School for the Deaf Records
With a $50,000 grant from the philanthropist John Clarke, Gardiner Green Hubbard founded the Clarke Institution for Deaf Mutes in 1867, a school predicated on the importance of acquiring oral skills for children with hearing loss. Opened in Northampton, Mass., under the direction of Harriet B.... 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
Clif Garboden Collection, ca. 1965-2011
A noted figure in the alternative press and a former president of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Clif Garboden was a long-time editor and writer for the Boston Phoenix. Arriving as a student at Boston University in 1966, Garboden was drawn into a close-knit, creative community on... 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
College Archives Digital Collections
The Springfield College Digital Collection is a collection of Springfield College related photographic prints and documents that document Springfield College athletics, academic and research activities, faculty and staff, campus and buildings, events including alumni reunion and homecoming,... more
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Boston Public Library holds thousands of American manuscripts, printed books, and documents from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. The materials document American intellectual and political life before, during, and shortly after the Revolution. Highlights include: over 1,300 individual... more
Colonial and Revolutionary Boston (Collection of Distinction)
Boston Public Library holds thousands of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, and printed records from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. This collection is unparalleled in the extent of its administrative and judicial records of Massachusetts Bay Colony and early Boston. The... more
Committee of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety Minutes
This collection consists of items from the Committee of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety Minutes 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.
Common Reader Bookshop Collection, 1977-1997
Co-owned by Dorothy Johnson and Doris Abramson, the Common Reader Bookshop in New Salem, Massachusetts, specialized in women's studies materials, or in their words, "books by, for, and about women." A couple for almost 40 years and married in 2004, Johnson and Abramson opened the... more
Commonplace Books (NEHGS)
A commonplace book is a volume in which the owner recorded items they wished to remember. Typical elements found in commonplace books include sermon quotes or summaries, Bible passages, lines from poetry or prose, lyrics, newspaper stories, recipes, biographical details, and interesting facts... more
Communist Party of Massachusetts Collection, 1932-1957
A branch of the Communist Party of the United States of America, the Communist Party of Massachusetts enjoyed strong popularity during the 1930s and 1940s, organizing the textile and other manufacturing industries. This small collection is comprised of a miscellaneous assemblage of fliers,... more
Community-Based Collecting Projects
University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston occasionally collaborates with community partners to collect materials related to a particular topic, region, or event. Images and stories are often contributed by individuals... more
Condolence Letters and Clippings
This is a bound collection of letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings that were sent to Helen Keller and collected following the death of Anne Sullivan Macy, her teacher and companion for forty-nine years. It includes messages of sympathy from many well-known people of the day, such as... more
Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers, 1926-2001 (MS100)
This collection consists of items from the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers, 1926-2001 (MS100) 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
Connolly book of hours
This collection consists of items from the Connolly 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.
Convers Francis, 1795–1863
Before serving in the post of Parkman Professor of Pulpit Eloquence at Harvard, Rev. Convers Francis, ordained in 1819, served as minister at the First Parish of Watertown, Massachusetts from 1819 to 1842.
Coolidge Images
This collection consists of items from the Coolidge Images 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.
Cooperative Extension Service Records, ca. 1867-2012
Born from a $10,000 state appropriation from the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service at Massachusetts Agricultural College brought practical, modern agricultural techniques into farms, homes and schools. The Extension Service grew and evolved under the... more
Cooper-Frost-Austin family papers (MS039)
This collection consists of items from the Cooper-Frost-Austin family papers (MS039) 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.
Coralie Guertin Lajoie Collection, 1950-1951
When Capt. Henry Guertin, a native of Leominster, Mass., was ordered to active duty with the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War, his wife Rita relocated to Japan to raise their growing family in Kokura (Kyushu), Japan. Just 13 at the time and already used to the regular... more
Costume & Set Designs
These images include original costume and set designs for a variety of operas and other stage productions such as Renato Virgilio's "Jana," Giuseppe Cicognani's "Il figlio del mare," Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos," Ubaldo Pacchierotti and Alberto Colantuoni's "Eidelberga mia!," Ettore... more
Costume Archives of Williams College
The Costume Archives is a collection of images of costumes from the Williams Theatre department.
Cotton and Prince Papers
This collection consists primarily of correspondence between various members of the Cotton and Prince families, including John Cotton the younger (1640-1699), Rowland Cotton (1667-1722), Nathaniel Cotton (1698-1729), Thomas Prince (1687-1758), and Nathan Prince (1698-1748). There are also... more
Countryside and Scenes
Located in the Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts, Granville is known for its scenic countryside, quaint village settings, and rolling farmland. This collection includes photos taken by local photographers, summer visitors, and Granville families. George Aldrich, a local amateur... more
C.R. Wilhelm Collection
Carl Robert Wilhelm was born in 1857 in Crimmitschau, Saxony, a hub of the German textile industry. After studying in Würzburg, Wilhelm continued the family tradition and became a skilled textile worker in his home city. Following travels in Europe, Wilhelm immigrated in 1884 to the United... more
Creative Design Services Publications and Documents
This collection consists of items from the Creative Design Services Publications and Documents 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.
Cross Dressers International
This collection consists of items from the Cross Dressers International 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.
Cross-Port InnerView
This collection consists of items from the Cross-Port InnerView 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.
Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly
This collection consists of items from the Cross-Talk: The Gender Community’s News & Information Monthly 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.
Cuneiform Tablets
Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known writing systems. Cuneiform first appeared in Sumer (present day Iraq), ca. 3400 B.C.E. Glyphs were created by pressing wedge-shaped reeds onto the surface of clay tablets. Surviving cuneiform tablets are written in a number of languages and record a... more
Current Photographs of Wakefield
Images of contemporary buildings, scenes and sites around town.
Cynthia Miller Papers, 1973-1995
Known in the psychiatric survivors’ movement as Kalisa, Cynthia Miller was a radical activist on behalf of the mentally ill. An ex-patient based in New York, she became a member of Project Release in the early 1970s, one of the first wave of organizations fighting for the civil rights of mental... more
D. H. Coggeshall Papers, 1869-1912
D. H. Coggeshall (1847-1912) made his living as an apiculturist in Tompkins County, N.Y., on the southeast edge of the Finger Lakes. Beginning by 1870, he sold honey or extracted honey, and occasionally bees, to customers and commission merchants as far away as the Midwest. ... more
D. Monty Neill Collection, 1985 Dec.-1986 Apr.
An educator and scholar of educational assessment, Monty Neil is the Executive Director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest). For his doctorate at Harvard in the mid-1980s, Neill examined the impact of the 1974 desegregation order affecting Boston's public... more
Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865 (PC005)
This collection consists of items from the Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865 (PC005) 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.
Dalton Collection
The Dalton Collection is housed in the archives at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable, Massachusetts. In circa 2005, the files were donated to the Museum through Francis Broadhurst, a founding member of that museum. John W. Dalton was a well-known writer in the early 1900s. His book... more
Dana (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939
Incorporated from parts of Greenwich, Hardwick, and Petersham in 1801, the town of Dana, Massachusetts, was situated in the northeastern reaches of the Swift River Valley. A fairly sparsely populated town (695 residents in 1890), Dana benefited from a relative abundance of flat and... more
Daniel A. Brown Photograph Collection, 1968-2003
Having joined the the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune in 1973, Dan Brown remained a member for a decade as it evolved first into Metelica’s Aquarian Concept and then into the Renaissance Community. Throughout his time as a member, he photographed his fellow communards as they moved... more
Danvers, Mass. Memories Road Show
This collection features images of Danvers digitized during the Mass. Memories Road Show held at the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers in June 2010 and collected during regular community scanning events. Help us to document Danvers history through family photos by allowing us to scan pictures... more
Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends Records, 1698-2005
Located in South Dartmouth, Mass., the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting is one of the oldest Friends meetings in the United States, having been founded by Quakers seeking a haven from religious persecution in nearby Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colonies. Private worship may have begun in area homes... more
David A. Hanson Collection of the History of Photomechanical Reproduction
This collection documents the history of photomechanical printing from its development in 1826 through the perfection of three-color printing at the beginning of the twentieth century. All major intaglio, planotype, and relief printing methods are represented. The collection includes examples of... more
David Burke
This collection consists of one photograph of David Burke, of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Jack Lynch, Prime Minister of Ireland. The photograph was taken in 1972 at an International Ancient Order of Hibernians meeting in Dublin, Ireland.    
David Entin Papers, 1966-2015 (Bulk: 1966-1968)
A worker in the struggle against poverty and racism for five decades, David Entin was raised in New York City environs until his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1953 when he was twelve years old. He began his anti-poverty work with the North Carolina volunteers, a pioneering early... more
David Ledbetter Nanney Papers, 1946-2008
The experimental ciliatologist David L. Nanney spent much of his career studying the protozoan Tetrahymena. Under Tracy M. Sonneborn at Indiana University, he completed a dissertation in 1951 on the mating habits of Paramecium, but soon after joining the faculty at the University of... more
David M. Berke Collection of Nuremberg Trials Depositions, 1944-1945
During the latter months of the Second World War, Edmund F. Franz served with the U.S. Army's War Crimes Branch in Wiesbaden, Germany. Part of the team involved in war crimes investigation, Franz processed hundreds of pages of first-hand accounts by perpetrators, eye witnesses,... more
David Rittenhouse Inglis Papers, 1929-1980 (bulk 1965-1980)
David R. Inglis enjoyed a distinguished career in nuclear physics that ranged from theoretical work on the structure of the nucleus in the 1930s to the development of the atomic bomb in the 1940s and work on renewable energy in the 1960s and 1970s. A Professor of Physics at UMass from... more
Davis Center Posters
This collection consists of items from the Davis Center Posters 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.
Dean of the Faculty Records. Public Minutes
Public minutes of Amherst College faculty meetings, 1825 - 1969. Committee of Six meeting minutes 1932 - 1969. Minutes of these meetings are restricted until 50 years after their date of creation. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in Amherst, MA.
Desroches Family Photographic Collection (PC071)
This collection consists of items from the Desroches Family Photographic Collection (PC071) 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 Di Rosario Collection
These photos and diary were taken/kept by Coast Guard Carpenter’s Mate 3rd class Giacomo Leno Di Rosario while stationed on board LST 795 during WWII. The original diary was donated to the CG Heritage Museum in Barnstable, MA on September 25, 2019 by his son John Di Rosario from... more
The Dial Yearbooks
This collection consists of items from the Dial Yearbooks 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.
Diana Henry Mara Collection, ca. 1930-2012
Recognized for her coverage of historic events and personalities, the photographer Diana Mara Henry took the first steps toward her career in 1967 when she became photo editor for the Harvard Crimson. After winning the Ferguson History Prize and graduating from Harvard with a degree... more
Diary and Account Book, 1859-1862
Presented here is a manuscript by Richard T. Sullivan of Newton Upper Falls, who eventually became a prominent woolen manufacturer and leader in Massachusetts politics, went to Cuba (Isla de Cuba), passing through Havana and Matanzas on his way to work on Plantation San Luis and Plantation... more
Diary of Edgar W. Warren
Presented here is a diary of personal matters and Newton city business and expenditures, brief accounts of social outings, and news of the family of Edgar W. Warren, Mayor of Newton, 1906-1907. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural... more
Digital Amherst Collection
This collection consists of items from the Digital Amherst collection hosted by Jones Library, Amherst. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Digitized Museum Collections
This collection consists of items from the Digitized Museum Collections 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.
Discovery Resources
This collection consists of items from the Discovery Resources 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.
Dively Committee Posters
This collection consists of items from the Dively Committee Posters 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.
The D.M. Rowland Collection
This collection is housed in the archive at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable, MA. It is comprised of B&W photographs from an album maintained by Petty Officer D. M. Rowland during his Coast Guard career in the 1920s and 1930s. He apparently took most of the photos himself while... more
Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002)
This collection consists of items from the Domestic interiors photographic collection (PC002) 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.
Donald Levy Papers
The co-owner with Alan Peterson of Krackerjacks, a psychedelic clothing store in Boston, Donald “Jack” Levy grew the boutique he started in 1966 into a staple of the counterculture in the Boston area and eventually a franchise. Levy was at the center of a controversy in Cambridge when the city... more
Donald W. Howe photographic collection of Quabbin Valley views, 1900s-1930s (PC031)
This collection consists of items from the Donald W. Howe photographic collection of Quabbin Valley views, 1900s-1930s (PC031) 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.
Donovan Park
This is an 11x14 color photograph. It is an aerial view of the park, which is located on Andover Street in South Lawrence. The park is named after Thomas Stephen Donovan, U.S.N. corpsman, who was killed in action in 1967 in Vietnam.
Dorchester High School Records
This collection consists of items from the Dorchester High School 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.
Doshisha University Collection
Materials documenting the long-standing connection between Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and Amherst College. The bulk of the collection consists of photo albums documenting student life on the Doshisha University campus. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special... more
Doyle's Cafe Memorabilia
Doyle's Cafe was a popular community gathering space located at 3484 Washington Street in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Doyle's opened its doors in 1882 and grew from a one-room Irish pub to a three-room bar and restaurant that was host to both locals and tourists alike. It was also known... more
Drag Show Programs
This collection consists of items from the Drag Show Programs 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.
Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion
Eadweard Muybridge's "Animal locomotion : An electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-1885" was published by the University of Pennsylvania in 1887. The eleven volume set consisted of 781 plates printed by the Photogravure Company of New York. The... more
Eagle Forward - Newspaper of the 24th Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1950-1951
The Eagle Forward was an official military publication that ran from September 14, 1950, to October 1, 1951. It was published by and for personnel of the 24th Infantry Regiment under supervision of the Public Information Office, 24th Infantry Regiment, Korea, APO 25. The African-American 24th... more
Earle D. Wilson Collection
The photograph series within the Earle D. Wilson Collection contains over 700 images accumulated by New Bedford newspaperman, theater manager, and radio personality Earle D. Wilson (1894-1976) over the course of his career. Many of the images were acquired for use in “Remember?,” a nostalgia... more
Early English Printers
The Boston Public Library holds a significant collection of books from the earliest years of English printing, including works from the presses of William Caxton, Richard Pynson, Wynkyn De Worde, and others. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to... more
Early, Rare, and Exceptional Items from Special Collections, Rare Books
A curated selection of highlights from across the many collections held by the Boston Public Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided... more
East Boston Community News
This collection consists of items from the East Boston Community News 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.
East Bridgewater High School yearbooks
Collection of The Torch Yearbooks from East Bridgewater High School 1960-2009.
East Bridgewater Public Library's Historic photographs
The digital images found in this online collection were taken from photographs housed in the East Bridgewater Public Library's Historical Room. These images feature area homes, farms, businesses, churches and other landmarks from East Bridgewater's past. The detailed captions on the images... more