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Paintings and Fine Arts Collection at the Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library’s collection of painting and sculpture is representative of the collecting and exhibiting habits of the mid- to late-19th century: oil portraits, copies of antique statues, a variety of decorative arts, and portrait busts (all almost exclusively Neoclassical in style).... more
Paintings from: Birds of Massachusetts and other New England states
Edward Howe Forbush was elected Ornithologist to the State Board of Agriculture in 1894, named State Ornithologust by the state board in 1908, and became director of the Division of Ornithology (Dept. of Agriculture) in 1919. Resolves 1921, c 5 authorized the publication of Birds of... more
Pamphlet Collection
The Pamphlet Collection contains pamphlets owned by various individuals and collected by Mary Fifield King or donated directly to the Library. Some of the owners of the pamphlets are featured in other collections owned by the Weymouth Public Libraries, namely the Fifield Family Collection and... more
Panama Pacific International Exposition
The Panama Pacific International Exposition was the 1915 worlds fair held in San Francisco, California. Taking over three years to construct, the fair had great economic implications for the city that had been almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The exposition was a... more
Parker Collection
Warren S. Parker (1861-1944) built houses for a living before he was appointed Building Inspector for the City of Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1907. He served in this position for twenty-five years, becoming interested in old Quincy houses and residents.At the core of the Parker Collection are over... more
The Parson Capen House and the Captain Joseph Gould Barn
The Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve-acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682. He served his congregation for forty years,... more
Parson Smith family papers (MS032)
This collection consists of items from the Parson Smith family papers (MS032) 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.
Patricia Lee Lewis Photograph Collection, 1977-1979
A co-founder of the Valley Women’s Center and the Everywoman’s Center at UMass Amherst, Patricia Lee Lewis has been an important part of the vibrant activist culture in the Pioneer Valley since her graduation from Smith College in 1970, advocating for women, civil rights, peace, the... more
Paul E. Curran Historical Collection
The Town of Milford established the library on August 30, 1858. It existed in various locations between 1858 and 1886, when it moved into the Memorial Hall building. The library remained in this Civil War memorial building for one hundred years. A new facility was authorized by a vote of the... more
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866). Lithographs and Other Works
Paul Gavarni (pseudonym of Hippolyte-Guillaume-Sulpice Chavalier, 1804-1866) was a French draftsman, watercolorist, and lithographer. Although he achieved recognition as a watercolorist, like his contemporary, Honoré Daumier, Gavarni is best known for his lithographs, which provided a forum for... more
Paul Tsongas Digital Archives
This collection consists of items from the Paul Tsongas Digital Archives collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Lowell Libraries. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Peabody Glass Plate Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Peabody Glass Plate Photographs collection hosted by Peabody Institute Library, Peabody. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Peabody Mat Leather Company
This collection consists of items from the Peabody Mat Leather Company collection hosted by Peabody Institute Library, Peabody. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
Pearl Primus Collection, 1995-2006
A pioneer of African dance in the United States and a vital scholarly voice, Pearl Primus burst onto the scene in the early 1940s as a choreographer, performer, composer, and teacher. Born in Trinidad in 1919 and raised in New York City, Primus was introduced to performance through the... more
Pedro Tovookan Parris papers (MS034)
This collection consists of items from the Pedro Tovookan Parris papers (MS034) 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.
People and Landscapes, Echo Bridge, Newton Upper Falls, Newton Lower Falls, Houses, Churches, Frank Ashley Day Junior High School, 1887-1925
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
People of Lynn
This collection consists of items from the People of Lynn collection hosted by Lynn Public Library. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may be included in Digital Commonwealth.
People, Portraits and Groups (Identified)
This collection includes portraits, groups, and other photos, where the primary content consists of people. Some photos may also commemorate events or have landmarks, structures, or other significant features included in the image. Most of the photos are Granville-related, although some are from... more
Perkins Photograph Albums
Collection of eight albums: Portrait Album, circa 1860: Contains portraits of important individuals in the history of the school, including Samuel Gridley Howe, Michael Anagnos, and Laura Bridgman, in addition to teachers and staff. Perkins Institution Kindergarten Department Album,... more
Perkins Postcards
This collection consists of postcards of the Perkins campus at its former locations in South Boston, the first kindergarten for the blind in Jamaica Plain, and Perkins' current location in Watertown, Massachusetts. The images are in both black and white and color and include views of the campus,... more
Perry Paint collection (CC002)
This collection consists of items from the Perry Paint collection (CC002) 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.
Personal photographic collection (PC004)
This collection consists of items from the Personal photographic collection (PC004) 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.
Personal Records of Members of the Board of Aldermen and Common Council
This collection consists of items from the Personal Records of Members of the Board of Aldermen and Common Council 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.
Peter Simon Collection
Peter Simon’s life and work as a photojournalist follows the quintessential arc of the counterculture, baby boom generation. The son of Richard Simon, founder of Simon and Schuster, Peter grew up in the New York City suburb of Riverdale and attended Boston University, graduating in... more
Philip Hale Photograph Collection
The Philip Hale Photograph Collection contains items owned and used by Boston music critic Philip Hale in his writings. The photographs contain professional photos of composers, conductors, musicians, actors, dancers, vocalists, and other performers.
Phillip N. Pike Papers, 1917-1919
A 21-year-old carpenter, Phillip N. Pike left his home in North Adams, Massachusetts, in August of 1917 to enlist in the Signal Corps. Ordered first to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for training, and then to France in December of 1917, Pike was assigned to the 78th Aero Squadron of the... more
Phillips family film collection (MR001)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family film collection (MR001) 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.
Phillips family papers. Anna Pingree (Wheatland) Phillips (1870-1938) papers (MS043)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Anna Pingree (Wheatland) Phillips (1870-1938) papers (MS043) 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.
Phillips family papers. James Duncan Phillips (1876-1954) papers (MS047)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. James Duncan Phillips (1876-1954) papers (MS047) 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.
Phillips family papers. Margaret (Duncan) Phillips (1847-1926) papers (MS048)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Margaret (Duncan) Phillips (1847-1926) papers (MS048) 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.
Phillips family papers. Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers (MS049)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers (MS049) 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.
Phillips family papers. Stephen Clarendon Phillips (1801-1857) papers (MS050)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Stephen Clarendon Phillips (1801-1857) papers (MS050) 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.
Phillips family papers. Stephen Henry Phillips (1823-1897) papers (MS045)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Stephen Henry Phillips (1823-1897) papers (MS045) 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.
Phillips family papers. Stephen "Stevie" Phillips (1907-1971) papers (MS044)
This collection consists of items from the Phillips family papers. Stephen "Stevie" Phillips (1907-1971) papers (MS044) 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.
Photograph albums collection (PC009)
This collection consists of items from the Photograph albums collection (PC009) 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.
Photograph Albums of the Great Mino-Owari (1891) and Great Kanto (1923) Earthquakes
Two bound albums of photographs documenting the aftermath of the Nobi Earthquake (1891) and the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923), two of Japan's deadliest and most powerful recorded earthquakes. These material are held at Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in Amherst, MA.
Photograph Collection
The Photograph Collection consists of images documenting the people, places and events of Southeastern Massachusetts from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Most of the subjects are linked to New Bedford, Massachusetts and the surrounding towns of Fairhaven, Dartmouth,... more
Photographic Collection
Williams College Photographic Collection contains material from the 1850s-current.
Photographs from Stevens-Coolidge Place Collection
This digital set represents all photographic material from the Stevens-Coolidge Place Collection, including photographs, photo albums, and negatives of Ashdale Farm and other properties; the Stevens, Kunhardt and Coolidge families; relatives and friends; John G. Coolidge's collection; and... more
Photographs of the American West
Includes Carleton Watkins photographs of Yosemite Valley, Eadward Muybridge's nine panel panorama of San Francisco from California Hill, 1877, Alexander Gardner's photographs from Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, Timothy O'Sullivan's and William Bell's photographs for the War... more
Photographs of the First Naval District
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 First Naval District, a now defunct district in existence from 1915 to 1976, which was... more
Photos of Helen Keller in the Middle East
In 1952, Helen Keller and Polly Thomson embarked on a three-month trip to the Middle East, visiting Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. This collection of 35mm color slides was taken by Karl Meyer, the Director of the School for the Blind, Swiss Friends of the Armenians Mission,... more
Phyllis Frye Collection
This collection consists of items from the Phyllis Frye 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.
Phyllis M. Ryan Papers
This collection consists of items from the Phyllis M. Ryan Papers 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.
Physical Education at Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind pioneered the first physical education program in the United States for students with blindness or visual impairment. When Samuel Gridley Howe opened the school's doors in 1832, he was immediately troubled by his students' poor health. In that era, children who were... more
A Pictorial Record of Melrose by the Melrose Camera Club 1947
A Pictorial Record of Melrose by the Melrose Camera Club circa 1947 contains photographs taken of various city and school buildings, religious institutions, historic homes, and select monuments and landmarks throughout the city of Melrose. The Camera Club was formed in 1933 with fifteen members... more
Pictures of Newton Corner/Nonantum Square
Presented here is a collection of black and white photographs taken by dentist Dr. T. Otis Loveland of Newton Corner, Nonantum Square and Centre Street from 1893 to 1898. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past.... more
Pierce family papers (MS023)
This collection consists of items from the Pierce family papers (MS023) 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.
Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum Collection
This collection consists of items from the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum 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.
Pine Beach Association Collection, 1922-1980
Founded in Athol, Mass., prior to1922, the Pine Beach Association operated a summer resort on the northern end of Lake Rohunta, a 383-acre reservoir owned largely by the Rodney Hunt Company. Recognizing the touristic and recreational opportunities, the Association built Pine Beach into a... more
Pine Manor College Photograph Collection
This photograph collection documents a wide variety of campus activities, events, student life, and people, including alumnae, faculty, staff, students, both the Wellesley and Chestnut Hill campuses, commencements and convocations, presidents, sports events, and parents weekend. The photographs... more
Plainville History
A collection of items about the history of Plainville from the Plainville Public Library.
Plan of Proctor Map
Presented here is a plan of lots for sale and abutting owners, probably drawn up by Thomas B. Proctor, a non-resident of Newton who owned buildings and land in Newton Corner around 1869. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and... more
Plan of the town of Newton in 1700
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
Plan of Waban arranged for the Waban Neighborhood Club
The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that s peak 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
Plans & Drawings, c.1847-1979 (Bulk 1882-1970)
This is the primary collection illustrating the landscape design work of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. (1822-1903), his sons John Charles Olmsted (1852-1920) and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (1870-1957), and the successive Olmsted firms. The records contain a wide range of media and format, and... more
Plymouth Tercentenary Photographs
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims, the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts erected new monuments and its citizenry enacted a public outdoor pageant dramatizing "the history of the life and struggles of the Pilgrim Fathers." The height of the celebration occurred on... more
Police Rules and Regulations
This collection consists of items from the Police Rules and Regulations 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.
Postcard Collection
This collection consists of items from the Postcard 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.
Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings
The Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings collection contains a selection of early 20th-century postcard views of Scottish Rite buildings in the United States. Includes both exterior and interior views.View the items in Postcard Views of Scottish Rite Buildings
Poster Collection
The posters that make up this collection were found in a map case in the second floor stacks of the Lawrence Public Library. Many of the posters from the First and Second World Wars were made from original lithographs that were signed by the artist.
Prescott (Mass.) Collection, 1822-1952
Rural and sparsely populated, Prescott, Massachusetts, was founded in 1822 along the ridge separating the West and Middle branches of the Swift River. Its three villages (North Prescott, Atkinson Hollow, and Prescott Hill) never amounted to more than a few houses each, and the town's... more
Presidential Inauguration Images
This collection consists of items from the Presidential Inauguration Images 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.
Presidential Induction Speeches
A collection of Williams College Presidential induction speeches.
Press Photography from the Brearley Collection
This collection includes small, medium, and large format negatives taken by Boston press photographers dating from the 1920s through the early 1970s. It was amassed by photojournalist Dennis Brearley during the course of his career as a working photographer. From 1978 to 2012, Mr. Brearley and... more
Printed Materials
A variety of collected textual materials from the Williams College Special Collection's holdings.
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002)
This collection consists of items from the Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s (GC002) 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.
Produce Crate Labels
Prior to World War II, produce was packed in wooden crates with attractive labels, designed to catch the buyer's eye, pasted on the ends. After the onset of war, rationing, cost cutting, and a search for cheaper materials in every industry motivated the fruit packers to experiment with cardboard... more
Programs and Communications Office, Newton Free Library, 1975-2006
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
Programs and Communications Office, Newton Free Library, 1990-2001
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
Programs and Communications Office, Newton Free Library, 1990-2002
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
Project SAVE Archives Banquet and Panoramic Photo Collection
Represented here are panoramic photographs taken with a banquet camera or panoramic camera between the years 1910 and 1981. Images depict events, banquets, and conventions of various organizations and churches, primarily Armenian ones.
Proprietors of Locks and Canals on Merrimack River Engineering Drawings
Proprietors of Locks and Canals provided the engineering skills, capital, and managerial knowledge to build a complex canal system. In the 1950s, the Proprietors donated much of their technical library, architectural, and engineering drawings and photographs to the University.
Provincetown Annual Town Report
This collection consists of items from the Provincetown Annual Town Report 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.
Provincetown Fire Department Collection
This collection consists of items from the Provincetown Fire Department 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.
Provincetown Municipal Collection
This collection consists of items from the Provincetown Municipal 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.
Provincetown School System Collection
This collection consists of items from the Provincetown School System 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.
Provincetown Town Art Collection
This collection consists of items from the Provincetown Town Art 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.
Psalmodi Archaeology
This collection consists of items from the Psalmodi Archaeology 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.
Public Works Department Photographs
This collection consists of items from the Public Works Department 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.
Public Works Department Scrapbooks
This collection consists of items from the Public Works Department Scrapbooks 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.
Publications of the Boston Architectural Club
This series includes such items as yearbooks, exhibition catalogs, and sketchbooks produced by Boston Architectural College and/or its alumni.