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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
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
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.
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.
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, World's... 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
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.
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.