A curated selection of highlights from across the many collections held by the Boston Public Library's Rare Books and Manuscripts Department.
Collection of The Torch Yearbooks from East Bridgewater High School 1960-2009.
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
This collection contains items that describe life in Eastham, Massachusetts. Items were donated to the Historical Society by Eastham residents.
The Economic Research and Action Project (ERAP) was a community organizing project sponsored by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Begun in 1963, SDS activists began working in low-income urban neighborhoods to help residents come together to identify and agitate for... more
Edgar Scott (1857-1940) was a photographer and printer in the Amherst and Northampton areas. He was born on Martha’s Vineyard and, as an Amherst resident, worked in a local hat factory. He took up photography in retirement and was an originator of the picture postcard. He specialized in... more
Edgar Sutton Dorr (1854-1937) was a Boston engineer who worked for the Boston Sewer Department in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, eventually becoming the chief engineer of the sewer department in 1891. Dorr's father was Edward Reed Dorr and his mother was Eliza Ann Pitman. He... more
Raised on Long Island, Ed Judice embarked on a path in photography at the age of 13 when he took a job sweeping floors in a local photo studio. After picking up work photographing locally and a stint in the army, he moved to New York city, Judice began doing commercial work for ad... more
The Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington, Massachusetts from its earliest settlement through the mid-20th century. The materials were collected by Edwin B. Worthen (1879-1956), his son Edwin B. Worthen, Jr. (1913-1976), and his daughter-in-law, Anita P. Worthen (1913-2008),... more
Edwin Hale Lincoln (1848-1938) was an award winning photographer at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. He took his photographs with a box camera and developed his negatives using the platinum printing process, one of the most durable and beautiful processes available. He... more
Edwin Hale Lincoln was born in Westminster, Massachusetts in 1848; he eventually resided in the Berkshires. In the 1880s, his work in photographing yachts using the newly invented dry plate method led to commissions in estate photography.His experience as a 14-year-old Civil War drummer boy led... more
This collection consists of items from the Elbridge Kingsley 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.
Presented here is Eliot Church, which was located at the corner of Centre and Church Streets in Newton Corner. It was a Congregational Trinitarian church organized on July 1, 1845. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and... more
Elizabeth Battey served as a Housekeeper for aristocratic English families during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the turn of the century, she was employed by Frances Evelyn Greville the Countess of Warwick, and former mistress of the Price of Wales, to oversee the female staff... more
This collection consists of items from the Elizabeth Capell recipe book 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.
This collection consists of items from the Elizabeth Hayward collection of Ursuline Academy materials 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.
Presented here are items that illustrate the early years in the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (originally Our Lady of the Elms Academy, popularly known as Elms College), from 1899 to 1928. The academy, named on August 2, 1899, was co-founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph (SSJ);... more
Presented here are letters, personal memorabilia, and photographs that represent the founding and early history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1928 to 1950. After receiving a charter from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to confer degrees, Elms College became a... more
Presented here are items that exhibit the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1950 to 1979. Bishop Christopher J. Weldon became the college's second president in 1949, and during the next three decades, Elms developed undergraduate programs in nursing, business... more
Presented here are items that exhibit the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) through the photos, memorabilia, correspondence, transcribed speeches, and miscellaneous documents of its ten presidents: Bishop Thomas O'Leary, First President: 1928-1949; Bishop Christopher... more
Presented here are items that exhibit the history of the College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) from 1979 to 2013. Sr. Mary A. Dooley became the sixth college president in 1979, and with the help of the Springfield Diocese, the college was able to raise $750,000 to match a $250,000... more
In 1982, Eloise A. Brière received a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities to conduct a series of oral histories with French Americans in Massachusetts. A noted scholar of Francophone communities, Brière interviewed 44 first and second generation immigrants of varied... more
274. Emerson Collection
A significant gift to the Longmeadow Historical Society many years ago was a very large collection of glass negatives that are known as the Emerson Collection. These negatives, some more than a century old, represent the efforts of one photographer -- a Longmeadow resident, Paesiello Emerson --... more
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she lived for the rest of her life. Her family was intimately involved in the life of Amherst College from its founding until as recently as 1956 when inherited family papers were donated to the College by Millicent Todd... more
This collection contains approximately 70 letters and 43 poems sent by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911). In 1862, Emily Dickinson responded to an article by Thomas Wentworth Higginson entitled "Letter to a Young Contributor," which formed a personal and... more
A lifelong resident of Kingston, MA, Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950) worked briefly as a schoolteacher and for much longer as a bookkeeper for her family's business. But her great avocation--and her true legacy--lay in her historical work: researching, collecting, documenting, and preserving the... more
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
This collection consists of items from the Enemies of War Film Collection, 1984-1999 (MS 104) 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 Commonwealth.
Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Swift River in western Massachusetts, Enfield was the largest and southernmost of the four towns inundated in 1939 to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Incorporated as a town in 1816, Enfield was relatively prosperous in the... more
This collection consists of items from the Ephemera 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.
The wheelwright Ephraim Snow was born in Rochester, Mass., on Sept. 9, 1821, the son of Samuel and Rhoda (Stewart) Snow. Apparently beginning as a general carpenter, he moved to neighboring Mattapoisett shortly after 1850, where he worked as a wheelwright for many years. He married Silvia... more
The Ephraim Williams Project consists of Ephraim Williams Jr. related materials from the Williams College Archives collections.
Ernest Henry Wilson was one of the foremost plant explorers of the twentieth century. From 1899 to 1922, he conducted many expeditions to eastern Asia and collected plant specimens for Veitch Nurseries and the Arnold Arboretum. He is also recognized as a great photographer. For Wilson's... more
This collection contains gravestone rubbings and epitaphs from cemeteries throughout New England. The items in this collection are attributed to Doris Felton between 1973 and 1978.
Photograph collection of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, an independent regional vocational school, specializing in agricultural eduction, state funded, day school serving grades 9-12 in the Hathorne, Town of Danvers, Mass., which was founded in 1913, and continues to serve... more
288. Essex County Fair
In 1818, the Essex Agricultural Society was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year. The goal of the fledgling Society, formed by a group of "practical farmers" who first met on February 16, 1818, was "to promote and improve the agricultural interests of farmers and others in... more
This collection consists of letters, ledgers, and photographs pertaining to the participation of Essex soldiers and their families in the Civil War. A small selection of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) related materials for the Essex Chapter are also included, which contain photographs and... more
Black and white photographs depicting the people and places of Everett, Mass.
Historical postcards depicting landmarks in Everett, Mass.
This collection consists of items from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance collection hosted by State Library of Massachusetts. 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 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs collection hosted by State Library of Massachusetts. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
The Fanfare magazine collection contains sixteen issues ranging from 1986 to 1988 published in South Africa by The Phoenix Society. The subject matter includes self-acceptance, familial and romantic relationships, transitioning, physical appearance, and gender roles. These subjects are portrayed... more
Fantasia Fair is a convention for crossdressers held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts since 1974. This collection contains advertisements for the fairs, brochures containing registration information and event descriptions, one order form for video cassettes from Fantasia Fair programming,... more
Founded in 1975 by Ariadne Kane, Fantasia Fair is an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, to explore issues relevant to the trans community. This collection encompasses the various miscellaneous documents from the overarching Fantasia Fair Collection, including materials such as... more
Beginning in 1975 as an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, Fantasia Fair served as a way for male crossdressers to explore the many changing facets of the crossgender lifestyle. This collection contains runs of FanFair Gazette (1991), Femme Fare (1970s-1980s), and FanFair... more
Fantasia Fair is an annual event in Provincetown, Massachusetts that involves workshops, seminars, and entertainment for the crossdresser community. Within this collection there are 13 program guides, 4 directories, 13 participants' guides, and 6 yearbooks from the Fantasia Fairs dating from... more
A pioneer in war and documentary photography, the Anglo-Greek photographer Felice Beato was an important chronicler of late-Edo and early-Meiji era Japan. Between 1863 and 1877, Beato took a stunning array of views, portraits, ethnographic images, and genre scenes and helped train the... more