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La Alianza Hispana Records
This collection consists of items from the La Alianza Hispana Records 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.
Lake Pleasant (Mass.) Collection, 1841-1876
One of five villages comprising the western Massachusetts town of Montague, Lake Pleasant was founded by the New England Spiritualist Campmeeting Association in 1870 as a rustic summer resort. Formally incorporated in 1879 under the guidance of Henry A. Buddington and Joseph Beals, Lake Pleasant... 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
This collection includes portraits, photos of textiles, personal items, and 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... more
Law Department Records
This collection consists of items from the Law Department Records 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.
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, Mass. Engineering Department. City Streets
The material in this collection came into the library from Lawrence City Hall. These street plans are bound in seven volumes measuring 66 x 53 cm. Each plan is hand drawn and lettered. They show the date they were accepted. Later additions are also dated. Some of the original drawings and... more
Lawrence, Mass. Engineering Department. Plans and associated papers
These plans were delivered to the Library from City Hall. Preceding the Engineering Department of today (2010), the original designation was a Commissioner of Streets. The first annual report was published in 1854, the first full year that Lawrence was a city. The Commissioner of Streets was... more
Lawrence, Mass. Lithograph
This lithograph entitled "View of the City of Lawrence" was executed by Ed. Hoffman and published by S. W. Chandler & Bro. lithographers for A. J. Wondra. It has been dated at 1854, the year just after incorporation as a city, due to the population figures listed on the lithograph. This is... more
Lawrence, Mass. Panorama Photographs
The photographs in this collection were found in a number of locations in the Lawrence Public Library. Some of them were framed; others were rolled up. All were in poor condition. In some cases, the condition was so bad that the appraiser could not tell what the subject matter was. The items... more
Lawrence, Mass. Semi-centennial
The city started the 50th anniversary of Lawrence's incorporation as a city on Monday June 1, 1903. Homing pigeons were freed at the Dracut Car Barn at 7:00 AM to later come to roost in the Lawrence coops. There were monetary prizes for the fastest birds. For the next three days they hosted a... more
Lawrence Public Library Collection
Lawrence Public Library photograph collections that were used as part of a Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System digitization project.
Lawrence Public Library Map Collection
The Lawrence Public Library has a an interesting collection of maps and atlases. Represented here are individual maps of Lawrence and Essex County.
Lawrence Public Library Staff Collection
The Franklin Library Association was formed on March 31, 1847 with Capt. Charles H. Bigelow, the engineer, under whom the great dam was built, functioning as the library's first president. Abbott Lawrence donated $1000 to purchase books that would "tend to create mechanics, good Christians and... more
Laws, Regulations and Commerce Collection
This collection includes documents relating to laws, regulations, and the general conduct of commerce during the period of dramatic change from the late-19th century through the Great Depression and World War II.  
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
Leather Archives Finding Aids
The Leather Archives Finding Aids Collection consists of three different finding aids for the papers of three prominent figures in the BDSM community: Beau Lee James, Jan Hall, and Justin Tanis. The materials in this collection provide insight into the varying sexual expressions that transcend... more
Lee's Mardi Gras Fiction Books
These five short booklets of fiction are from 1975 through the 1980s. Most of the stories focus on the narrator's first experiences with crossdressing and their subsequent sexual encounters. They also incorporate some elements of fantasy and focus on themes related to crossdressing, such as passing.
Lenox Historical Society Collection
Represented here are items that document history local to the town of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Leominster, MA, Municipal Building (City Hall) Time Capsule, 1915
Presented here are items included in the time capsule sealed within the cornerstone of Leominster’s then-new municipal building during the town’s 175th-anniversary celebration on July 4-5, 1915. Later the same year, Leominster became a city. The capsule was remembered, located, and successfully... more
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.
Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of the Winsor Family 1820-1915
The Winsors were one of the most successful merchant families in Duxbury shortly after the Revolutionary War. In the 1780s and 90s, they launched more vessels than any other builders in town. Samuel Winsor, born perhaps in Boston in 1725, is the first of the family seen in Duxbury. He settled on... more
Letters from Female Impersonators
This periodical, published by Nutrix Co. between 1961 and 1963, is comprised of photographs and letters written by female impersonators. Common themes throughout these letters include a desire for community and acceptance, a lack of access to medical treatment and legal rights, and personal... more
LGBT Community Center Finding Aids
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides support to member of LGBT communities of New York City. This collection includes seven finding aids that cover themes such as crossdressing, court cases, and interviews. The materials discuss certain important figures such as... more
Liberation News Service Records, 1966-1977
In 1967, Marshall Bloom and Raymond Mungo, former editors of the student newspapers of Amherst College and Boston University, were fired from the United States Student Press Association for their radical views. In response they collaborated with colleagues and friends to found the Liberation... more
The Liberator (Boston, Mass. : 1831-1865)
The Boston-based radical abolitionist newspaper The Liberator was published weekly from January 1, 1831 to December 29, 1865. The Liberator was founded and published by William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp and was a leading vehicle for unrelenting advocacy of the abolitionist cause and for the... more
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 Barnes Photograph Collection
Lincoln W. Barnes (1879-1966), born in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, was a professional photographer with a studio on Main Street in Amherst from 1920 to about 1955. He also copied and restored old photographs and was an official photographer for Amherst College. The Barnes Photograph Collection... 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.
Linguistic Atlas of New England Records, 1931-1972
Chiefly papers and records generated during research and field work for the Linguistic Atlas of New England (1939-1943), including over 400 interview records (carbon copies) from fieldworkers' notebooks arranged by community, then by informant; audiotapes of follow-up interviews;... more
List of Vessels Belonging to the District of Gloucester
The List of vessels was an annual publication which chronicled the fishing industry of the Cape Ann area from the years of 1869-1908.
Local History of Middleton
Represented here are items that document the town of Middleton, Massachusetts.
Local History Photograph Collection
The Town of Lenox has a varied history, from its involvement in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as the Shire Town for Berkshire County, as a regional industrial center, as part of the New England Lake District literary period, as a home for the Gilded Age cottagers, and as a place of musical... more
Loomis Communities Records, 1909-2015 (bulk 1980-2000)
In 1902, a group of residents of Holyoke, Mass., secured a charter for the Holyoke Home for Aged People, wishing to do “something of permanent good for their city” and provide a “blessing to the homeless.” Opened in March 1911 on two acres of land donated by William Loomis, the... more
Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence
The Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence collection consists of 37 items, including letters, cards, envelopes, notes, and still-image photographs. This correspondence is between Lou Sullivan (influential FTM activist and founder of FTM International) and Ben Power (founder/facilitator of the... more
Louis Pictou Mi'kmaq Manuscript
The Pictou family were prominent members of the Bear River Band of the Mi'kmaq nation in Nova Scotia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Notably, Chief Benjamin Pictou (1830-1931) lived for over a century, witnessing the evolution of the Mi'kmaq economy from hunting,... more
Louis Prang & Company Chromolithographs
Louis Prang (1824-1909), a German immigrant, ran a highly successful printing firm in Boston during the late nineteenth century. His company produced high quality reproductions of major art work and greeting cards using the complex technique of chromolithography. Prang is often referred to as... more
Louise Day Hicks Collection
This collection consists of items from the Louise Day Hicks 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.
Lowell Cultural Resources Inventory
Report and Cultural Resources Inventory of the Lowell National Historical Park and Preservation District prepared for the Division of Cultural Resources, North Atlantic Regional Office, National Park Service by Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson, and Abbott, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980.In... more
The Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council and WGBH Program Guides, 1949–1969
This set is comprised of program guides from the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council (LICBC) and its successor, WGBH. The LICBC was created to expand the reach of the Lowell Institute, which since its founding in 1836 has provided free public lectures to the people of Boston... more
Lowell Mason House Collection
Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is best known as the founder of American school music education. Although he also composed and arranged hymn tunes and published many influential tune books that had a national audience, his greatest historical legacy is his work as a pioneer music educator--first at the... more