Boston Public Library
Subject Listing
Special Collections in the Research Library
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These subjects represent broad areas in which the Library has holdings in monographs, serials, government documents, scores, microfilm, maps, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and sound recordings as well as special collections. Patrons are urged to consult public service departments for materials in their specific research topic.

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Japan Paper Company Collection
Thompson, Benjamin and Jane Collection of Bostoniana

 

Americana:

Barlow, Samuel L.M. (1826-1889) Collection
Lewis, John A. Library of Americana

 

Anarchism:

L’Adunata dei Refrattari Collection
Anarchists and Radical Newspapers from Il Fondo L’Adunata Collection
Felicani, Aldino (1891-1967) Sacco-Vanzetti Collection

 

Anti-Slavery Movement:

Anti-Slavery Collection
Broadsides Collection
Parker, Theodore (1810-1860) Library
20th Regiment Collection

 

Architecture:

Abdalian, Leon Collection
Blackall, Clarence (1857-1942) Collection
Boston Architecture Reference File
Boston Picture File
Boston Postcard Collection
Boston Public Library Architectural Drawings
Bulfinch, Charles (1763-1844) Architectural Collection
Codman Collection
Coletti, Joseph Arthur (1898-1973) Collection
Copley Square Collection
Cram, Ralph Adams (1863-1942) Collection
Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson/Cram and Ferguson Collections
Evans, John and Company Collection
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor (1869-1924) Collection
Haven and Hoyt Collection
Kattenberg, Burns Collection
Maginnis and Walsh Collection
Peabody and Stearns Collection of Architectural Drawings
Preston, William G. (1842-1910) Collection
Strickland, Charles and Strickland, Brigham, and Eldredge Collections

 

Art:

Archives of American Art Microfilm Collection
Art in the Boston Public Library
Boston Art Archives/New England Art Information File

Biography:

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Collection
Lewisson, Walter Updike Collection of Washingtoniana
Sabatier, Paul (1858-1928) / Franciscan Collection
Thayer, Eliza (d. 1876) Library
Trent/Defoe Collection
Whitman, Walt (1819-1892) Collection

 

Books Arts and Publishing:

Dwiggins, William Addison (1901-1986) Collection
Everett, Louella (1883-1967) Collection
Goldstein, Fanny (1888-1961) Collection
Houghton Mifflin Trade Reference Collection
Kleist, Herbert (1902-1986) Collection

 

Boston:

Aarons, Jules Collection
Abdalian, Leon Collection
Allen, Fred (1894-1956) Collection
Anti-Slavery Collection
Art in the Boston Public Library
Bassett, Sarah Ware (b. 1872) Library
Boston Architecture Reference File
Boston Art Archives/New England Art Information File
Boston Authors Club Library
Boston City Club Collection
Boston City Records
Boston Election Department Scrapbooks, 1907-1927-1948
Boston Garden Collection
Boston Herald-Traveler Photo Morgue
Boston Latin School Archives
Boston Pictorial Archive
Boston Picture File
Boston Police Strike Documents of 1919
Boston Postcard Collection
Boston Public Library. Special Events Collection. Disaster Series
Boston Public Library Architectural Drawings
Boston Public Library in Newspaper Clippings, 1895-1934
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Boston School Committee Archives
Boston Symphony Orchestra Program Scrapbooks
Boston Theatre (Federal Street) Collection
Boston Theatre Archives
Boston Tradition in Sports
Boston 200 Archives
Bulfinch, Charles (1753-1844) Architectural Collection
City Council Debates
City Directories
City Plans Index (1850-1895)
Coffin Family Papers (1830-1961)
Copley Square Collection
Cushman, Charlotte S. (1816-1876) Collection
Cutler Collection
Cutler, John Henry (1910- ) Collection
Dana, Edward (1886-1981) Collection
De Mar, Clarence (1888-1958) Collection
East Boston Community News
Erskine School Collection
Felicani, Aldino (1891-1967) Sacco-Vanzetti Collection
Fiedler, Arthur (1894-1979)
Filene’s Marketing Archives
Ford Hall Forum Collection
Gilbert, John Gibbs (1810-1889) Collection
Goldstein, Fanny (1888-1961) Collection
Gulesian, Grace Warner (1884-1984) Collection
Hale, Philip (1854-1934) Collection
Handel & Haydn Society Archives (1770-1964)
Haven and Hoyt Collection
Hirshberg, Al (1909-1973) Collection
Houghton Mifflin Trade Reference Collection
Humphrey, Robert Laning (1896-1988) Journalistic Archives
Hynes, John B. (1898-1970) Collection
Impressions Workshop Collection
Innes, Charles H. (1870-1939) Collection
Innes, Charles J. (1901-1971) Collection
Jackson, William Theater Collection
Japan Paper Company Collection
Jones, Leslie Collection
Jordan, Alice M. (1870-1960) Collection
Kaese, Harold (1909-1975) Collection
Kattenberg, Burns Collection
Kelley, John A. (1907- ) Collection
Kessler, Minuetta Collection
Kneeland, Eileen Collection
Koussevitzky, Serge (1875-1951) Collection
Lambert, Michael Collection
Lang, Benjamin J. (1837-1909) Scrapbooks
Lang, Frances M. Collection
Lang, Margaret Ruthven (1867-1972) Collection
Lewis, George Edward "Duffy" (1888-1979) Collection
Loeffler, Herman (1896-1968) Collection
Longarini, Graziano N. (1895-1985) Collection
McCarthy, Denis A. (1870-1931) Collection
McClosky, David Blair (1902-1988)
McCord, David (1897-1997) Collection
McGreevey, Michael T. "Nuf Ced" Collection
Malaney, Jack Collection
Mansfield, Frederick W. (1877-1958) Collection
Manuscript Club of Boston
Marchard Orchestra Collection
Merrill, Richard Collection
Mokray, William George "Bill" (1907-1974) Collection
Moloney, Francis X. (1911-1979) Collection
Murphy, John R. (1856-1932) Collection
Music Program Collection
Nazarro, Tommaso (1895-1977) Collection
New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians Archives
Nichols, Malcolm E. (1876-1951) Collection
Norton, Clement (1894-1979) Collection
O’Connor, Edwin (1918-1968) Papers
O’Meara, Stephen (1854-1918) Papers
O’Reilly, John Boyle (1844-1890) Collection
O’Reilly, Mary Boyle (1873-1939) Collection
Parkman, Henry (1894-1958) Collection
Peters, Andrew J. (1872-1938) Collection
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston Archive
Reilly, William A. (1903-1969) Collection
Sanromá, John B. (1900-1997) Collection
Shaw, Mary (1854-1929) Collection
Silverman, Sam (1913-1977) Collection
Snyder, Leo (1918-1984) Collection
Society of Arts and Crafts Boston Archives
South End Project Area Committee (SEPAC)
Strickland, Charles and Strickland, Brigham, and Eldredge Collections
Thompson, Benjamin and Jane Collection of Bostoniana
Tremont Theatre Archives
Triangle Theater Collection
WHDH Film Collection
Wood, Joe "Smoky Joe" (1889-1985) Collection

Children’s Literature:

Bassett, Sarah Ware (b. 1872) Library
Drawings for Children’s Books
Heins, Paul (1909-1996) and Ethel L. (1918-1997) Collection
Jordan, Alice M. (1870-1960) Collection
Juvenile Collection
Kneeland, Eileen Collection
National Council of Teachers of English/NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Collection
New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians Archives

Decorative Arts:

Connick, Charles J. and Associates Archives
Society of Arts and Crafts Boston Archives

Education:

Adult Education Association
Bentley, Harry C. (1877- ) Collection
Boston Latin School Archives
Boston School Committee Archives
Erskine School Collection

Genealogy:

Genealogy and Family History Collections
Massachusetts Newspapers
Works Progress Administration. Card Index to the Genealogical Columns of the Boston Evening Transcript, 1915-1935.

Irish Studies:

Abbey Theatre Collection
Allen, Fred (1894-1956) Collection
Byrne, Donn (1889-1928) Collection
Collins, John F. (1919-1995) Collection
Easter Rebellion Collection
Heaney, Seamus Collection
Ireland: Union to Free State Collection
Irish Legal History Collection
Jordan, Alice M. (1870-1960) Collection
Literary Dublin Collection
McCarthy, Denis A. (1870-1931) Collection
Modern Irish History Collection
Northern Ireland Collection
Norton, Clement (1894-1979) Collection
O’Connor, Edwin (1918-1968) Papers
O’Meara, Stephen (1854-1918) Papers
O’Reilly, John Boyle (1844-1890) Collection
O’Reilly, Mary Boyle (1873-1939) Collection
Print Department’s Collection of Irish Material
1798 Collection
Triangle Collection

Librarianship:

New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians Archives
Massachusetts Library Association Archives

 

Literature: (Collections under this heading deal with literary topics or contain primarily works of literature)

Adams, John (1735-1826) Library
Barton, Thomas Pennant (1803-1869) Collection
Bassett, Sarah Ware (b. 1872) Library
Beaulieu, Wilfred (1900-1979) Collection
Boston Authors Club Library
Boston Browning Society Collection
Byrne, Donn (1889-1928) Collection
Chamberlain, Mellen (1821-1900)
Connolly, James Brandan (1868-1957) Collection
Everett, Louella (1883-1967) Collection
Field, Kate (1839-1896) Papers
Folsom, Charles Correspondence
Franco-American Collections
Galatea Collection
Goldstein, Fanny (1888-1961) Collection
Gould, Elizabeth Porter (1848-1906) Library
Griswold, Rufus (1815-1857) Papers
Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909) Papers
Harris, Charlotte Collection
Heaney, Seamus Collection
Heins, Paul (1909-1996) and Ethel L. (1918-1997) Collection
Houghton Mifflin Trade Reference Collection
Jordan, Alice M. (1870-1960) Collection
Juvenile Collection
Kleist, Herbert (1902-1986) Collection
Kneeland, Eileen Collection
Literary Dublin Collection
Longfellow Memorial Collection
McCarthy, Denis A. (1870-1931) Collection
McCord, David (1897-1997) Collection
Manuscript Club of Boston
Montgomery Sears / Freiligrath Collection
Munn, James Buell Collection
Munsterberg, Hugo Collection
National Council of Teachers of English/NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Collection
New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians Archives
O’Connor, Edwin (1918-1968) Papers
O’Reilly, Mary Boyle (1873-1939) Collection
Parker, Theodore (1810-1869) Library
Prince, Thomas Library of the Old South Church
Ticknor, George (1791-1871) Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
Trent/Defoe Collection
20th Regiment Collection
Whitman, Walt (1819-1892) Collection

Massachusetts:

Adlow, Elijah Papers
Adult Education Association
Allen, Frank G. (1874-1950) Collection
Ames, Ellis (1809-1884) Papers
Anti-Slavery Collection
Bentley, Harry C. (1877- ) Collection
Brown, LaRue (1883-1969) Collection
Chelsea Collection
Coffin Family Papers (1830-1961)
Currier, Thomas Florian (1837- ) Papers
Cutler, Leslie B. (890-1971) Collection
Delano, Benjamin (1807-1882) Papers
Dolan, Chester A., Jr. (1906-1994) Collection
Dwiggins, William Addison (1901-1986) Collection
Ely, Joseph B. (1881-1956) Collection
Forbes, Crosby Collection
Furcolo, Foster J. (1911-1995) Collection
Grossman, Jerome Collection
Grossman, Maxwell (1897-1963) Collection
Hine, Lewis Collection
Howard, Charles P. (1887-1966) Collection
Hurley, Charles F. (1893-1946) Collection
Innes, Charles H. (1870-1939) Collection
Innes, Charles J. (1901-1971) Collection
Lang, Benjamin J. (1837-1909) Scrapbooks
Leno, Harry W. Personal Papers Collection
Loeffler, Herman (1896-1968) Collection
Longarini, Graziano N. (1895-1985) Collection
Lyman, Arthur T. Collection
Massachusetts Library Association Archives
Massachusetts Newspapers
Massachusetts Peace Movement Collection
Massachusetts Political Archive
Murphy, John R. (1856-1932) Collection
Murphy, Robert F. (1900-1976) Collection
Parkman, Henry (1894-1958) Collection
Peters, Andrew J. (1872-1938) Collection
Shattuck, Winfred A. Collection
20th Regiment Collection

 

Music:

Boston Symphony Orchestra Program Scrapbooks
Brown, Allen A. (1835-1916) Music Collection
Fiedler, Arthur (1894-1979) Collection
Gallini, Natale Italian Libretto Collection
Gulesian, Grace Warner (1884-1984) Collection
Hale, Philip (1854-1934) Collection
Handel & Haydn Society Archives (1770-1964)
Humphrey, Robert Laning (1896-1988) Journalistic Archives
Italian Libretti and Ballet Collections
Kessler, Minuetta Collection
Koudelka, Joseph (1773-1850) Collection
Koussevitzky, Serge (1875-1951) Collection
Lang, Benjamin J. (1837-1909) Scrapbooks
Lang, Frances M. Collection
Lang, Margaret Ruthven (1867-1972) Collection
Libretti Collection
McClosky, David Blair (1902-1988) Collection
McKinley, William Thomas (1938- ) Collection
Marchard Orchestra Collection
Music Program Collection
Piston, Walter (1894-1976) Collection
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston Archive
Rines, Joseph (1902- ) Collection
Sanromá, John B. (1900-1997) Collection
Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm (1853-1917) Theater Music Collection
Young, Victor (1900-1956) Collection

Newspapers:

Beaulieu, Wilfred (1900-1979) Collection
East Boston Community News
Fetridge, Arthur E. (1905-1970) Collection
Franco-American Newspapers Collection
Longarini, Graziano N. (1895-1985) Collection
Massachusetts Newspapers

Performing Arts:

Abbey Theatre Collection
Adams, Bertram E. Collection
Allen, Fred (1894-1956) Collection
American Actors and Actresses, 1860-1910
Benny, Jack (1894-1974) Letters and Clippings
Benois, Alexandre (1870-1960) Papers
Boston Symphony Orchestra Program Scrapbooks
Boston Theatre Archives
Broadsides Collection
Brown, Allen A. Music Collection
Brown, Allen A. Theatre Collection
Cushman, Charlotte S. (1816-1876) Collection
Daumier, Honore Collection
Dwiggins, William Addison (1901-1986) Collection
Ehrlich, Richard (1901-1981) and Virginia Collection
Fantin-Latour, Henri (1836-1904)
Boston Theatre (Federal Street) Collection
Fiedler, Arthur (1894-1979) Collection
Gallini, Natale Italian Libretto Collection
Gavarni, Guillaume (1804-1866) Collection
Geiringer, Karl Collection
Gest, Morris (1881-1942) Collection
Gilbert, John Gibbs (1810-1889) Collection
Gulesian, Grace Warner (1884-1984) Collection
Hale, Philip (1854-1934) Collection
Handel & Haydn Society Archives (1770-1964)
Hanlon Family Collection
Hobbs, Rebekah (1902-1982) Collection
Hollywood in Pictures
Humphrey, Robert Laning (1896-1988) Journalistic Archives
Italian Libretti and Ballet Collections
Jackson, William B., Jr. (1894-1977) Theater Collection
Kavanagh Family Collection
Kessler, Minuetta Collection
Kotsilibas-Davis, James Collection
Koudelka, Joseph (1773-1850) Collection
Koussevitzky, Serge (1875-1951) Collection
Lang, Benjamin J. (1837-1909) Scrapbooks
Lang, Frances M. Collection
Lang, Margaret Ruthven (1867-1972) Collection
Libretti Collection
McClosky, David Blair (1902-1988) Collection
McKinley, William Thomas (1938- ) Collection
Marchard Orchestra Collection
Music Program Collection
Nazarro, Tommaso (1895-1977) Collection
Norton, Eliot (1903- ) Collection
Opera and Ballet Collections
Piston, Walter (1894-1976) Collection
Rines, Joseph (1902- ) Collection
Sanromá, John B. (1900-1997) Collection
Shaw, Mary (1854-1929) Collection
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1864-1901) Collection
Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm (1853-1917) Theater Music Collection
Tremont Theatre Archives
Triangle Theater Collection
Whiting, Harriet S. Collection
Wyman, Lilla Viles Collection
Young, Victor (1900-1956) Collection

 

Politics and Government:

Adams, John (1735-1826) Library
Allen, Frank G. (1874-1950) Collection
Boston Election Department Scrapbooks, 1907-1916, 1927-1948
Boston Police Strike Documents of 1919
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Boston School Committee Archives
City Council Debates
Cutler, Leslie B. (1890-1971) Collection
Dana, Edward (1886-1981) Collection
Dolan, Chester A., Jr. (1905-1994) Collection
Ely, Joseph B. (1881-1956) Collection
Forbes, Crosby Collection
Furcolo, Foster J. (1911-1995) Collection
Grossman, Maxwell (1897-1963) Collection
Howard, Charles P. (1887-1966) Collection
Hurley, Charles F. (1893-1946) Collection
Hynes, John B. (1898-1970)
Innes, Charles H. (1870-1939) Collection
Innes, Charles J. (1901-1971) Collection
Loeffler, Herman (1896-1968) Collection
Lyman, Arthur T. Collection
Mansfield, Frederick W. (1877-1958) Collection
Massachusetts Political Archive
Murphy, John R. (1856-1932) Collection
Murphy, Robert F. (1900-1976) Collection
Nichols, Malcolm E. (1876-1951) Collection
Norton, Clement (1894-1979) Collection
Parkman, Henry (1894-1958) Collection
Peron Era Political Pamphlets and Monographs Collection
Peters, Andrew J. (1872-1938) Collection
Reilly, William A. (1903-1969) Collection

Religion:

Benton, Josiah (1843-1917) Collection of the Book of Common Prayer
Goldstein, Fanny (1888-1961) Collection
Joan of Arc Collection
Nelson, J. Robert Collection
Prince, Thomas Library of the Old South Church
Sabatier, Paul (1858-1928)/Franciscan Collection
Santerre, Richard Collection
Trent/Defoe Collection

 

Retail:

Filene’s Marketing Archives

Social Action:

Anti-Slavery Collection
Brown, LaRue (1883-1969) Collection
East Boston Community News
Grossman, Jerome Collection
Hine, Lewis Collection
Lambert, Michael Collection
Leno, Harry W. Personal Papers Collection
Massachusetts Peace Movement Collection
Parker, Theodore (1810-1860) Library
South End Project Area Committee (SEPAC)

 

Sports:

Boston Tradition in Sports

Travel:

Blackall, Clarence (1857-1942) Collection
Hunt, Benjamin P. (1808-1877)/ West Indies Collection
Photographs of the American West
Photographs of India
Photographs of the Near East
Print Department’s Collection of Irish Material
Schlesinger, Leonard and Charlotte Travel Collection
Tupper Scrapbook Collection

Women’s Studies:

Galatea Collection
Shaw, Mary (1854-1929) Collection