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Boston (Mass.) -- History

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View Resource Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data

The Boston Streets Project, developed at Tufts University, combines the use of photographs, maps and city directories to create a digitized online historical atlas of the Boston area. The concept behind Boston Streets is to use metadata and geographical information software to allow access to historical collection material. Among the fascinating material offered at this site are personal stories...

http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/
View Resource Boston at the Movies: First Films of the City, 1901-1905

The Boston Public Library's online collections and exhibits have caught the attention of the Scout Report several times in the past few years, and this recent addition should be interesting to those persons with a love of urban history and early examples of short films. Four films are made available here, including a panoramic view of the Boston subway from an electric car from 1901 and the short...

http://www.bpl.org/collections/online/bostonmovies.htm
View Resource The Freedom Trail Foundation

Long before the preservation ethic and heritage tourism worlds were so closely intertwined, an enterprising journalist named William Schofield made a suggestion in the Boston Herald-Traveler to create a historical walking trail through the city that winds by some of the city’s primary historical sites. Seven years later, the Freedom Trail was a reality, and it remains one of the city’s most...

http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/
View Resource Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data

The ability to witness the streets of 19th century Boston would be quite a treat for those who love urban geography and history. This well-done set of documents from the digital collection from Tufts University makes that possible (in a fashion). The project was created with support from a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with funds provided by The...

http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/index.html
View Resource Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History

People may know about Longfellow and Poe, but do they know about the ongoing literary feud between these two sons of New England? They will after perusing this marvelous digital exhibit from the Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society, which explores some of the "forgotten chapters" of the Hub's literary history. Designed to complement an in situ exhibit, this collection...

http://www.bostonliteraryhistory.com/index.html
View Resource The Bostonian Society: Mapping Revolutionary Boston

The Bostonian Society has preserved many important buildings and structures in Boston over the past century or so. In the past few years, the Society's work has grown to include online offerings such as this excellent website. Created in collaboration with Wellesley College, this site presents an interactive set of maps and activities on Boston in the 1760s and 1770s. On the site, visitors can...

http://www.bostonhistory.org/?s=education&p=mapping
View Resource City of Boston Archives: Online Collections Screenshot

Boston has the oldest city archive in the United States and has recently embarked on an ambitious program to digitize more photos, maps, and other pieces of visual ephemera. This site offers a number of thematic photo collections, including ones dedicated to public institutions, city landmarks, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and public celebrations. Visitors shouldn't miss the Peter H. Dreyer...

https://www.boston.gov/departments/archives-and-records-mana...
View Resource Boston Public Library: Business

The Boston Public Library has crafted dozens of thematic collections documenting travel posters, Boston sports temples, industrial landscapes, and other bits and pieces from this vast and wonderful world. This particular collection documents many facets of business life and culture in and around the Hub. Here visitors will find over 110 images of switchboards at New England Bell, works spaces at...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/sets/721...
View Resource The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr. Screenshot

Boston merchant Harbottle Dorr, Jr. (1730-1794) was a noted merchant and member of the Sons of Liberty. He was also an avid newspaper reader. Beginning in 1765, Dorr spent more than a dozen years purchasing newspapers, writing comments in margins, inserting reference marks in articles, and assembling his own indexes. His papers of interest included the Boston Evening-Post, the Boston-Gazette, and...

http://www.masshist.org/dorr/
View Resource Leventhal Map Center: Land Ownership Maps Screenshot

The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library has over 100,000 maps and they include renderings of British Palestine, West Africa in the 17th century, and many, many others. This corner of their collection brings together 122 maps that show land ownership in Boston, Pennsylvania, Haiti, and more. The maps of Boston are a real treat and they show the original Shawmut peninsula in 1645....

http://www.leventhalmap.org/collections/collections-of-disti...