Featured Image: 101 Gould Street, Needham

Title: 101 Gould Street  Date: [ca. 1950–1955] Location: Needham, Massachusetts Creator: Needham Board of Assessors Source: Needham Free Public Library Collection: Needham Historical House Collection Description: The images are buildings in Needham taken by the Town of Needham Board of Assessors circa 1950-1955. These items were given to the Needham Free Public Library Archives as…
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The Boston Mob of 1835

Boston abolitionists faced great opposition from their fellow Northerners during the early years of the anti-slavery movement. To say that everyone in the North supported an end to slavery would not have been true. Many letters, which you can help transcribe online at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, discuss how pro-slavery mobs often interrupted abolitionist meetings…
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Featured Image: Art & Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing, Vol. 1

Title: Art & Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing, Vol. 1 Date: 1994 Location: Unknown Creator: Roberts, JoAnn Source: Digital Transgender Archive Collection: Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing Description: 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…
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Abolitionist Stationery

If you help transcribe abolitionist letters at the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project, you will come across a few letters that are printed on interesting stationery. Some abolitionists wrote their personal letters on letterhead with anti-slavery drawings. Sometimes, they used this stationery strategically when writing to individuals who held opposing views on emancipation. In a letter to…
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Teamwork

On Thursday, Bibliocycle was on the way to the Fenway Victory Gardens for Movie Night. We were so excited for a night of food, fun, and film under the stars, but on the way, one of the trailer wheels suddenly sprang a flat. The person pulling the trailer pulled over to the side of the…
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Perfect? Really?

Is anyone ever truly perfect?  I don't believe it!  And you won't either—especially after reading these thrillers. Set in homes that belie the truth, these unputdownable tales will have you questioning your own relationships with family and friends. But maybe that's a good thing... The Perfect Mother A mother's worst nightmare comes true when her newborn is snatched from…
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All That Glitters Is Gold

The Rare Books Department is always looking for new and innovative ways to share our collections with the public, so we were thrilled to be contacted by one of the BPL’s excellent children’s librarians about orchestrating a rare books outreach program for some of the Boston Public Library’s youngest patrons. It was just the sort…
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The Anti-slavery Fair

Female abolitionists played a key role in the abolitionist movement. In 1833, a group of Boston women decided to form their own organization. It was called the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, and it had both white and black members. The organization looked for ways to support the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (a local branch of the…
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Summer in the City!

While many people head to the beach for summer, those of us still in the city can have some fun! Here are some digitized photos of people spending their summer in Boston in years past. These photos are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public Library. Click…
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