American Memory: Prints and Photographs
American Memory contains thousands of prints and photographs documenting the history of Massachusetts. Selected images of Massachusetts are provided for each collection listed below. Search on terms such as Massachusetts, Boston, and so forth to locate
additional information within these American Memory collections.
from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from
the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office
of War Information Collection are among the most famous
documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group
of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans
in every part of the nation. The collection contains more
than 1,200 black-and-white photographs and 52 color images of Massachusetts.
American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library
This collection from the University of Chicago Library consists of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, including eight images of Massachusetts.
American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920
This collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design consists of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920, including more than 1,000 images from Massachusetts.
Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955
The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. The collection contains more than 900 photographs from Massachusetts.
Baseball Cards, 1887-1914
This collection consists of 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914, including 150 cards from Boston teams.
Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, 1933-Present
The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies, including more than 1,600 records from the state of Massachusetts.
- Adams Mansion, 135 Adams Street, Quincy, Norfolk, MA.
- Massachusetts State House, Gates & Steps, Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
- Old Massachusetts State House, 206 Washington Street (corner of State Street), Boston, Suffolk, MA.
- Old South Meetinghouse, Washington & Milk Streets, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
- Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
The collection presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products, including 54 items from Massachusetts.
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits, including 165 photographs from Massachusetts.
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes more than 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, including more than 1,800 photographs from Massachusetts.
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party
The collection documents the National Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. This online presentation is a selection of 448 photographs from the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party collection, including eleven images related to the suffrage movement in Massachusetts.