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
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
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
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
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 collection hosted by Boston College University Libraries. Information about the items has been... more
This collection consists of items from the Acts and Resolves 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 contains black and white aerial photographs. They are all roughly one meter square. They are contact prints possibly taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many local people with historical knowledge have looked at the images and felt the photos were taken in the 1950s,... more
Founded in 1953 by a multi-racial collective of educators including Horace Mann Bond, then President of Lincoln University, and William Leo Hansberry, a professor of history at Howard University, the Africa American Institute has encouraged and supported African students in pursuit of higher... more
Aldin Grout was among the first American missionaries to the Zulu nation. After experiencing a religious conversion in his early twenties, Grout dedicated his life to the ministry, studying at Amherst College (1831) and Andover Theological Seminary (1834) before accepting an... more
This collection consists of items from the Alexander Davidson Photography 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.
Presented here are the Allen House oversized photos. The Nathaniel T. Allen Homestead has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. It was built in Greek Revival style around 1844 and was a stop on the underground railroad. The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic... more
In the fall of 1985, four teams of photographers started a project to document the elevated Orange Line and the communities it served before its planned demolition in 1987. The project, conceived by the photographer Linda Swartz, and managed by Urbanarts, Inc. for the MBTA, paired a professional... more
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) was a French painter, etcher, sculptor, and medallist. Born in Dijon in 1851, he went to Paris to study, took up etching in 1855, and in 1857 exhibited for the first time at the annual Paris Salon. In 1863, with the encouragement of the American artist James Abbott... more
A native of Rockland, Maine, Alton H. “Blackie” Blackington (1893-1963) was a writer, photojournalist, and radio personality associated with New England “lore and legend.” After returning from naval service in the First World War, Blackington joined the staff of the Boston Herald,... more
This collection consists of items from the Ambrose F. Keeley Library (Durfee High School) Fall River Local History 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.
This collection consists of items from the Ambrose F. Keeley Library's Durfee High School yearbooks 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.
With the invention of lithography in Germany in 1798 and its introduction into France and England during the first years of the 19th century, there was an increasing demand for images among the growing middle class. As the new technique allowed much larger editions than did the older techniques... more
With the first battles of the American Revolution occurring in the Boston area, one of the most important historical time periods represented in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's pre-20th-century holdings is the American Revolutionary War era, defined broadly as 1750 to 1800. This collection... more