Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Maria Weston Chapman

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the fourth post in a series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th-century American women. Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was a noted abolitionist, editor, writer and activist. She was the oldest of eight children born in Weymouth, Massachusetts…
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Celebrating 165 Years: The BPL Through Time and Place

March 20, 2019 marks the 165th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Public Library in its first building! To celebrate, take a look at these digitized images of the BPL's Central Library through the years (and buildings). These photos and images are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Emily Dickinson

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the third post in a series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in the family home known as Homestead. From a prominent family, Dickinson attended Amherst…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Celia Thaxter

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the second post in a series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th century American women. Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She grew up on the Isle of Shoals and Appledore Island, Maine, where…
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Traditional Irish Music

A guest blog post by Rebecca Hunt, Music Librarian Ireland’s musical tradition goes back well over a thousand years. For nearly all of this time, it’s been an oral tradition passed on from one musician to another. It’s only been fairly recently that the music has been recorded in written and audio forms. The music…
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Margaret Fuller

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this series by guest blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focuses on special collections featuring extraordinary 19th-century American women. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a groundbreaking editor, critic, journalist, and champion of women’s rights. Born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, Fuller lived a life few women of her time could imagine. After…
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Medieval Manuscript Highlights: Books of Hours at the BPL

The book of hours is a collection of Christian devotional texts that was extremely popular during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Each individual copy contains psalms, hymns, readings, and other materials arranged to mirror the monastic cycle of daily prayer and worship known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office. However, unlike…
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1 Year Anniversary of Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library

Hi there,   One year ago today (National Handwriting Day, no less!), we launched Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library.   In the year since launch, our incredible community of transcribers has spent thousands of hours helping to transcribe the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection.   For that, we want to say:   Thank…
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