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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
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
Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy History
The history of the Abbot and Phillips Academies in images and documents.
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
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
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
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
Acts and Resolves
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.
Adam's Word
Adam's Word was a monthly newsletter of The Adam Society, a non-profit support group for female-to-male crossdressers, transsexuals, and their significant others. This collection contains 6 issues of the newsletter and 2 meeting notices. A typical Adam's Word publication includes information... more
AEGIS News
AEGIS News was published by the American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc., from 1994 through 1998. Dallas Denny founded AEGIS News in October, 1990. These thirteen newsletters broadly address issues concerning the crossdresser and transgender community. More specifically, articles... more
AEGIS Publications
Between 1990 and 1998, the American Educational Gender Informational Service, Inc. published materials including medical bulletins, pamphlets, articles, and results from research. The topics covered in these publications include gender identity in a medical context, gender realignment surgery,... more
Aerials
12. Aerials
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
Africa America Institute Records, 1954-2011
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 Papers, 1833-2002 (bulk 1833-1894)
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
Alexander Davidson Photography
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.
Alison Laing's Buttons
These eleven buttons and pins belonging to Alison Laing depict a variety of symbols related to the LGBTI community. Alison Laing is an activist who was involved in a number of trans rights organizations and events. The buttons in her collection represent transgender pride and HIV/AIDS awareness,... more
Alison Laing's Early Photo Album No. 1
These thirty-six photos, taken from 1956 to 1965 by an unknown photographer (likely Dottie Laing), make up one of Alison Laing's personal photo albums. These photographs capture her travels to various locations, as well as her attire for events. Alison Laing later became a founder of the... more
Alison Laing's Photographs
These photographs, primarily taken by unknown photographers with a few taken by Mariette Pathy Allen, document Alison Laing speaking, performing, and interacting with others at various events such as Fantasia Fairs and IFGE Houston. They feature a variety of trans activists, including Dottie... more
Allen House Oversized Photos
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
Along the Elevated: Photographs of the Orange Line
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). Prints and Drawings
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
Alton H. Blackington Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1963
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
Ambrose F. Keeley Library (Durfee High School) Fall River Local History
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.
Ambrose F. Keeley Library's Durfee High School yearbooks
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.
American Antiquarian Society Collection
Founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers,... more
American Archive of Public Broadcasting Collection
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library of Congress to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the... more
American Art Posters 1890-1920
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
American Revolutionary War-Era Maps (Collection of Distinction)
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
American Textile History Museum Image Collection
This collection represents a selection of images from the American Textile History Museum, including prints, photographs, and insurance maps. These items reflect many different aspects of the American textile industry: images of textile companies (interior and exterior), textile machinery,... more
American Turners
The American Turners is a national organization founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848 by German immigrants. Our motto, "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body," explains the purpose of the American Turners. We are a family organization, encouraging people of all ages to be mentally and physically... more
Amherst Record Photograph Collection
Photographs of local people and events taken for use in the Amherst Record newspaper. About 14,000 prints covering the late 1960's to early 1984.
Andy Jaffe Project
This collection consists of items from the Andy Jaffe Project 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.
Anne Sullivan Photograph Collection
Historical BackgroundFor nearly five decades, Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher, friend, and constant companion. This collection contains portraits of Sullivan, images of her with Helen Keller and other images and documents that pertain to her life.Anne Sullivan was born in April 1866 in... more
Anti-Slavery (Collection of Distinction)
In the late 1890s, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented Boston Public Library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the... more
The Appleton Family Photo Album Collection
Appleton Farms, located in Hamilton and Ipswich Massachusetts, is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Established in 1636 by Samuel Appleton, the farm is among the most influential in America’s agricultural history. The Appleton Family Papers document the evolution of New England... more
Applications and transfers from Charles Ward Post 62, Volume 1
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
Applications and transfers from Charles Ward Post 62, Volume 2
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
Applications and transfers from Charles Ward Post 62, Volume 3
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
Applications and transfers from Charles Ward Post 62, Volume 4
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
Apponequet Regional High School yearbooks
This collection consists of items from the Apponequet Regional 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.
Architectural Plans Collection, large format
This collection consists of items from the Architectural Plans Collection, large format 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.
Archive of Photographic Documentation of Early Massachusetts Architecture
This collection holds late 19th century photographs as well as engravings of 17th and 18th century buildings in Eastern Massachusetts. The mounted photographs and engravings were compiled by the Liberty Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D. A. R.) and consist of homes,... more
Archives & Special Collections - Amherst College
This collection holds hundreds of digitized objects from the Archives & Special Collections of Amherst College. The criteria for selecting materials for digitization from Archives & Special Collections are based on the materials' scholarly and cultural significance, the impact of... more
Arlington Historical Maps including Menotomy and the Old Burying Ground
Represented are historical maps of Arlington, Massachusetts. Included is a map of an existing historical cemetery in Arlington, Massachusetts, which dates back to the 1700s. Burial locations for individuals are noted and include Jason Russell and other Patriots of the American Revolution. This... more
Arlington Historical Photograph Collection, c. 1885 – 1992
Represented are photographs of Arlington, Massachusetts. The photographic images depict mainly people, property, buildings, monuments & statues, views, and scenes of town life, during the years, c. 1885 – 1992.
Arlington Historical Postcard Collection, c. 1907 – 1981
Represented are postcards of historical Arlington, Massachusetts. The images depict mainly places, houses, views, buildings, businesses, monuments, and pageants. Dates of postcards range from c. 1907 – 1981.
Arnold Arboretum Maps and Plans
Since its inception in 1872, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has collected maps of its grounds and hardscape. These large-format documents provide valuable information to researchers and staff. Over 130 of these documents are now available in digital format. Most were produced in the... more
Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing
This collection contains several books from 1986 through 2000 that were created by JoAnn Roberts and published by Creative Design Services. These books give advice for crossdressers on passing, including topics such as makeup, clothing, and feminine behavior. This collection also includes a... more
Art at the Boston Public Library
This collection contains publicly installed artwork that is on long-term display at Boston Public Library locations, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, mosaics, textiles, and murals. The collection ranges from historic to contemporary, and includes work by renowned artists as well... more