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1. 1878 Map of Newton Center

Presented here is a hand drawn, pen and ink street map of Newton Centre. 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... more

2. 19th Century American Trade Cards

Color lithographed Victorian-era trade cards were a key late 19th century advertising vehicle for national manufacturers and local businesses. These miniature posters, about the size of a postcard, were handed out as souvenirs at major expositions during the late Victorian period. They were... more

5. A. W. Stearns

Artemas W. Stearns was born March 11, 1816 in Hill, NH. At age 11, he was “bound” to a Bridgewater, NH farmer. For his services, he would receive clothing and board and $100 at age 21. At 16, he bought himself out of the contract. He then went on to work in mills in Nashua, Lowell, and Methuen.... more

7. Abbot Academy Collection Highlights

The Abbot Academy Collection primarily consists of material relating to the administrative functions of the Academy. It includes material of the trustees, treasurer, and other administrative offices. The collection also includes Abbot Academy memorabilia and student-created work ranging from the... more

8. Abbot Academy Photographs

Abbot Academy (also known as Abbot Female Seminary) was an independent boarding preparatory school for women boarding and day students in grades 9 to 12 from 1828 to 1973. Located in Andover, Massachusetts, Abbot Academy was notable as one of the first incorporated secondary schools for... more

10. Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific : comprising...

This collection consists of items from the Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific : comprising latitude and longitude, ports called at, ships spoken and deaths during the cruise... more