Sponsor’s Welcome

The Associates of the Boston Public Library proudly sponsors Home Front: Boston and the Civil War.

34-star flag, Massachusetts 20th Regiment


Our independent organization is dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library’s rare books, manuscripts, drawings, musical scores, prints, and works of art. The Associates’ first priority is to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, and digitization.

Through these efforts, we are committed to sustaining the BPL’s essential mission of providing top-quality, free educational resources to citizens of the Commonwealth, as well as preserving knowledge, culture and history for the benefit of all.

Conservation of many of the treasures displayed in this exhibition was made possible by a generous grant given to the Associates in 2008 by an anonymous donor through The Boston Foundation. This grant has funded the repair, cataloging, and digitization of thousands of items from the BPL’s anti-slavery and Civil War collections to provide widespread access to these important materials by users worldwide.

We hope that you enjoy Home Front, a tribute to the extraordinary efforts of local men and women to help shape the outcome of the War Between the States. Many of the items connected with these remarkable, selfless individuals have never before been seen by the public. Thank you for visiting, and please consider joining us in our efforts to keep the BPL’s special collections viable, accessible and meaningful for present and future library users.

Vivian K. Spiro
Chairman, Board of Directors
Associates of the Boston Public Library