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Hoosac Tunnel Collection
The Hoosac Tunnel was constructed from 1852 to 1873 through the Hoosac Mountain in northwestern Massachusets, between North Adams and the town of Florida. It was conceived as part of a transportation link between the markets of Boston and the Midwest along the newly chartered Troy and Greenfield... more
Horace Mann Bond Papers, 1830-1979 (bulk 1926-1972)
Educator, sociologist, scholar, and author. Includes personal and professional correspondence; administrative and teaching records; research data; manuscripts of published and unpublished speeches, articles and books; photographs; and Bond family papers, especially those of Horace... more
Howes Brothers Glass Slides, Hatfield, Massachusetts, 1882-1907
Represented here are glass slide photographs taken by the Howes Brothers (Alvah, George and Walter) of Ashfield, Massachusetts. Images depicted include people and property from the town of Hatfield, Massachusetts, between the years 1882 and 1907.
Humphrey Street, Swampscott, Mass.
This collection consists of items from the Humphrey Street, Swampscott, Mass. collection hosted by Swampscott Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Hunnewell Club
Presented here is the Hunnewell Club collection, which consists of photographs, a book excerpt of brief history of the club, a printout of online record of club from Jackson Homestead Manuscript and Photograph Collection, and an original caricature of club members by artist, Frank Collier.The... more
I. Chester Horton Photographic Prints
The I. Chester Horton Photographic Prints collection held at the Canton Public Library contains an index and 24 grey monochromatic photographic prints of scenes around Canton, Massachusetts between 1894 and 1905. The photographs were taken at various points and seasons in the town, covering such... more
Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna
A collection of photographs of students, teachers, educational methods, buildings, and workshops at the Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna (K.K. Blinden-Erziehungs-Institut, Wien). The school was founded in 1804 by Johann Wilhelm Klein, known as "The Father of the... more
Indusco Bailie School Collection, 1940-1952
Following the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, the New Zealand expatriate Rewi Alley threw his considerable talents behind the war effort. Building upon knowledge acquired over a decade of living in China, Alley helped organize the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Movement (CIC). The... more
Isaac Hull Papers, 1791-1862
Isaac Hull (1773-1843) served as lieutenant on USS Constitution throughout the Quasi-War with France and commanded USS Argus during the Barbary Wars. He assumed command of USS Constitution in June 1810 and won the first American frigate victory of the War of 1812 when he defeated HMS Guerriere... more
Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America Collection, 1982-2001 (MS103)
This collection consists of items from the Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America Collection, 1982-2001 (MS103) 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... more
Jamaica Plain Historical Society Photo Gallery
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society holds photographs and historic essays about Jamaica Plain. This digital set includes photographs from their photo gallery.
Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Records
The records and images in this collection begin with documents relating to the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club's 1924 purchase of the historic Loring-Greenough House, which then became the meeting place and focal point for social and education programming for the club. In more recent decades,... more
James Aronson - W.E.B. Du Bois Collection, 1946-1983
Materials written by or pertaining to W.E.B. Du Bois, collected by James Aronson, who was executive editor of the "National Guardian" from 1948 to 1967. Includes correspondence, speeches by Du Bois in published form, articles by Du Bois, biographical sketches and tribute articles about Du... more
James Baker Free Spirit Press Collection, 1969-2005 (bulk 1969-1974)
James Baker was a member of the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune (later the Renaissance Community) in the early 1970s, and a key contributor to the Free Spirit Press, the commune's publishing operation. Part promotion, information, and entertainment, the Free Spirit Press magazine... more
James Jeffrey Roche letters
This collection consists of items from the James Jeffrey Roche letters 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.
James Michael Curley Negatives
This collection contains film negatives that document James Michael Curley during the years 1934-1958. In that time, Curley served as Mayor of Boston, Governor of Massachusetts, and a U.S. Congressman. These images depict Curley on the campaign trail, performing various duties in office, and... more
Jeanne Lawson Bultman Collection
This collection consists of items from the Jeanne Lawson Bultman 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.
Jeff Albertson Photograph Collection, ca. 1966-2005
Born in Reading, Mass., on Sept 13, 1948, Jeff Albertson was still a student at Boston University, working on the staff of the BU News, when he was hired as a photographer by the Boston Globe. Reflecting the youth culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s, his photographs earned him... more
Jersey Stock Club
Presented here is a collection of portraits of the members of the Jersey Stock Club of Newton taken in the late 1880s. 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
Joel Martin Halpern Papers, 1932-2009 (bulk: 1948-2008)
The anthropologist Joel Martin Halpern (1929- ) has worked in regions from the North American arctic (meaning Canada and Alaska) to tropical Laos in Southeast Asia, but he has concentrated on Southeast Europe, principally, Yugoslavia. He is perhaps best known for his studies of social... more
John D. Merriam Collection
The John D. Merriam Collection is a collection devoted to illustration. The particular focus of the collection is original prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that were created as illustrations for children's books and for children's magazines. However, in later... more
John Donnelly & Sons records
This collection consists of items from the John Donnelly & Sons records 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.
John Dowd Althea Boxell Collection
This collection consists of items from the John Dowd Althea Boxell 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.
John Thomson Photograph Collection, 1863
The Scotsman John Thomson is considered one of the fathers of social documentary photography and a pioneer in the photography of southeast Asia. Between 1861 and 1872, he traveled extensively in Asia, documenting the scenery and people of modern day Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand,... more
John W. Ragle Archives Room Collection
The library's John W. Ragle Archives Room houses documents, books, images, film and other media, and artifacts dating from the school's pre-Revolutionary-War-Era formation. Our collection features items of local and national historical significance, including Academy Trustee Meeting Minutes... more
Joseph Obrebski Papers, 1923-1974
A student of Bronislaw Malinowski, the Polish ethnographer Jozef Obrebski was a keen observer of cultural change among eastern European peasantry in the years before the Second World War. After working with the resistance in Warsaw during the war, Obrebski went on to do additional... more
Joseph Plumb Memorial Library (Rochester) Architectural Survey
This collection consists of items from the Joseph Plumb Memorial Library (Rochester) Architectural Survey 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.
Journal of Edward Jackson
Presented here is the diary of Edward Jackson who, in 1849, traveled from Newton, Massachusetts to Sacramento in search of gold. 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... more
Justin H. Goodstein-Aue Collection
Justin H. Goodstein-Aue is a Boston-based photographer who spends much of his time documenting historic businesses and local neighborhoods. This digital collection includes images created at James Hook & Co., a family business founded in 1925 and located on Boston's waterfront. Goodstein-Aue... more
Katherine Bell Banks Papers, 1926-1960
Consists of letters from Du Bois to various members of the Bell family, the earliest written in September 1926 to Katherine Bell and the latest written in December 1960 to Thomasina Bell Fitzroy. These letters offer a unique perspective of Du Bois's personal life.
Katya Sabaroff Taylor Papers, 1959-2015
Earning a B.A. in Literature from Antioch College and an M.A. in Education from Columbia University, Katya Sabaroff Taylor has worked as a journalist and editor, health educator, women's studies instructor, massage therapist, yoga teacher and workshop facilitator. In 1980 she founded Creative... more
Lancaster, Massachusetts Historical Image Collection
Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County and the earliest permanent settlement in the central part of the state. It is located in the beautiful Nashua Valley, and its center is near the "Meeting of the Waters," where the north and south branches of the Nashua... more
Lane/Mead Boston Maritime Collection
The Lane/Mead Boston Maritime Collection contains many items that capture and reflect the industrial development and history of the Port of Boston. Many photographs were donated by the Boston Shipping Association and by Arthur Lane, president of the Boston Shipping Association from 1968-1990.
Lantern Slides
Lantern slides are transparent photographic images (positives), mounted on glass plates. They are designed to fit into magic lantern projectors to enlarge images for easy viewing by a group of people. This collection contains 154 individual lantern slides from the following categories:Perkins... more
Lantern Slides
Presented here is a selection of lantern slides from the Newton photographs collection.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... more
Laura Bridgman Collection
selected writings of Laura Bridgman from 1841 to 1889 at the Perkins Institution for the Blind, South Boston (now Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts).We are grateful to Dartmouth College Rauner Special Collections Library for generously allowing the use of images from their... more
Lawrence D. Yeomans Papers, 1895-1946 (bulk 1917-1919)
A native of Ontario, Lawrence D. Yeomans was working in New York when he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the First World War. For eighteen months, Yeomans served as a chauffeur with the Signal Corps in France, driving senior officers around Paris and to... more
Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection
The Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection contains photographs from 1850 to present, which chronicle the history of the people and places of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Lawrence Public Library Collection
Lawrence Public Library photograph collections that were used as part of a Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System digitization project.
Le Van Khoa Collection, 1841-1876
The composer, photographer, and educator, Le Van Khoa arrived in the United States as a war refugee from Vietnam in May 1975. Largely self-taught as a photographer, he was co-founder of the Artistic Photography Association of Vietnam and has published three books of his work. He holds the... more
Lenox Historical Society Collection
Represented here are items that document history local to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Leon Abdalian Collection
The photographer Leon Hampartzoum Abdalian was born in Cilician Armenia, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), circa 1884. He moved with his family to the United States in April of 1896 and eventually settled in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.It is not known if Abdalian had any formal training... more
Leslie Jones Collection
Modest about his abilities as a photographer (he called himself a camera-man, not a photo-journalist), Jones quietly built an unrivaled collection of photographic negatives, almost 40,000 of which were given to the Boston Public Library by his family in the early 1970s. The collection is a... more
Letter, 1798 June 8
This collection consists of items from the Letter, 1798 June 8 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.
Lillian Hyman Katzman Papers, 1952-1989
When Lillian Hyman Katzman volunteered to work with the Democratic Party in New York City in 1948, she was sent over to the office of W.E.B. Du Bois to assist him with some secretarial work. From that beginning, she was hired as a secretary, remaining in Du Bois's employ for several... more
Lincoln Town Archives
The Lincoln Town Archives collections are comprised of municipal records, manuscripts, books, photographs, audio-visual materials, and other ephemera documenting the history of Lincoln from 1746 to the present.
List of Vessels Belonging to the District of Gloucester
This collection consists of items from the List of Vessels Belonging to the District of Gloucester collection hosted by Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.