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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., ...



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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection is acknowledged as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from...
Topics: shakespeare, Thomas Pennant Barton, Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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337
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253,969
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center   at the Boston Public Library cares for more than a quarter million cartographic and geographic objects, ranging from the fifteenth century to the present, with a global scope and a focus on Boston and New England. Created in 2004 as a private-public partnership between the philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal and the Boston Public Library, the LMEC is located in the McKim Building at the BPL ’ s Central Library in Copley Square. The LMEC features a...
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
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182,123
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Material for this collection has been contributed by the Boston Public Library.
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The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and...
Incunabula
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131,101
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The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. As of February, 2020, the collection is comprised of 583 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 555 discrete 15th-century...
Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm07397140
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Topic: Yoruba (African people)
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
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Comprised chiefly of individual editions of English stage plays issued between 1594 and 1799, the Boston Public Library's collection of early English playbooks is extensive and diverse. Numbering well over 1,500 items, the collection also includes masques, pageants, and other dramatic entertainments. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public...
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Topics: United States. Navy, United States. Marine Corps, United States. Naval Reserve Force, United...
Source: bplgovdocs
OCLC number: ocm07014379
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Topic: Drawing
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
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Issued in pts
Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
Source: bplgovdocs
US Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
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Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in...
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House
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Issued in pts
Topics: United States. Congress. House, United States. Congress. House
Source: bplgovdocs
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Defoe & Defoeana
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Defoe & Defoeana The William P. Trent Collection of Defoe and Defoeana is one of the most comprehensive collections of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. In addition to writing some of the first English novels, Defoe was a prolific political pamphleteer and is considered by many to be a founder of modern journalism. The nucleus of this 30,000-volume collection is a set of first editions of Defoe’s works, bound in 77 volumes and formerly owned by Henry Labouchère. There are hundreds of...
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
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62
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The Philip Hale scrapbooks contain letters and programs, along with clippings with reviews and criticisms written by Hale and others, all compiled by Hale. There are 60 volumes organized by year, as well as two separate index volumes.
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
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Topics: United States. Navy, United States. Marine Corps, United States. Naval Reserve Force, United...
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Boston Public Library
by Vermont; Goodrich, John E. (John Ellsworth), 1831-1915; Knapp, Chauncey L
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Photocopy
Topics: Vermont. Militia, Vermont -- History Revolution, 1775-1783 Registers
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Cookery, American, cbk
Topics: Carr family, Carr, William, 1597-1672
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio, 1719-1789; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner
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v. 1. English and Italian -- v. 2. Italiano ed inglese
Topics: English language -- Italian, Italian language -- English
Boston Public Library
by Bailey, Gertrude E; Ellsworth, Abbie F; Reed, William H; Bailey, Hollis R. (Hollis Russell), 1852-1934
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Topic: Bailey family
Bibliography: p. 43-45
Topic: Bell family
Boston Public Library
by Babcock, Stephen, 1832-1916, comp
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Topics: Babcock family, Babcock, James, 1612?-1679
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Topics: Names, Personal -- French-Canadian, French-Canadians, Names, Personal -- Québec (Province), Names,...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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Topic: Erotic literature
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Boston Public Library
by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws
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v. 1. A-K.--v. 2. L-Z
Topic: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate the...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946; Neill, John R. (John Rea), ill
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Also includes ''The story of Topsy'' from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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The Houghton Mifflin Company Trade Book Archival Collection is comprised of Trade Division materials that were originally kept in the Park Street building, which the company occupied from 1880 to 1994, before being donated to the Boston Public Library. The company’s editors used this collection as their working library. The collection includes adult and juvenile titles as well as reference materials, audio, and kits from Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, and other Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprints.
Boston Public Library
by Allen, William, 1780-1873; Allen, Joshua, 1800-; Homes, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1812-1887
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Topic: Allen family
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Bliss family, Morris, Oliver Bliss, Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863
Topics: Chapman family, Chapman, Robert, 1616-1687, Chapman, William, d. 1699, Chapman, Edward, d. 1675,...
Boston Public Library
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Topic: Baird family
Boston Public Library
by Crollalanza, G. B. di (Giovanni Battista di), 1819-1892
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
Boston Public Library
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Topic: Clark family
Topic: Bowles family
Topics: Allison, Samuel, 1690-1760, Allison family
Includes index
Topics: Gentry, Nicholas, fl. 1709, Gentry family
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Boston Public Library
by Crollalanza, G. B. di (Giovanni Battista di), 1819-1892
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
Topic: Crime -- United States
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Boston Public Library
by Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895
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Topic: Baldwin family
Topic: Alexander family
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Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
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Vol. 3-6 lack subtitle
Topics: Intelligence service, Civil rights
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Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Boston Public Library
by Müller, Hermann Alexander, 1814-1894; Singer, Hans Wolfgang, b. 1867
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5.Bd. (separately paged), Nachträge und Berichtigungen; 6.Bd., Zweiter Nachtrag mit Berichtigungen
Topic: Artists
Boston Public Library
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Includes bibliography
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Topics: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Literature
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Boston Public Library
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Topics: Andrews, Robert, fl. 1635, Andrews family, Microcards
Boston Public Library
by Passmore, John Andrew Moore, 1836-1903
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Topics: Moore, Andrew, 1688-1753, Moore, David, d. 1726, Moore family
Boston Public Library
by Palizzolo Gravina, V. (Vicenzo)
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Topics: Heraldry -- Italy Sicily, Nobility -- Italy Sicily
Boston Public Library
by Culbertson, Lewis R. (Lewis Rogers), b. 1867
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Blank pages for "Family records" ([468]-478)
Topics: Culbertson family, Culberson, John, fl. 1712
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Boston Public Library
by Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911
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Topics: Avery, Christopher, 1590-1679, Avery, James, 1620?-1700, Avery family
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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"Liste des ouvrages consultés": t. 1., p. [4]-17
Topics: Nobility -- France, Heraldry -- France, France -- Genealogy
Boston Public Library
by Johnston, James B. (James Brown), b. 1862
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 528)
Topics: Names, Geographical -- England, Names, Geographical -- Wales
Boston Public Library
by Abbe, Cleveland, 1838-1916; Nichols, Mary Josephine Genung, b. 1876, joint comp
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Topics: Abbe, John, ca. 1613-ca. 1669, Abbey family
Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of proven authorship together with supporting external evidence. Cf. J.H. Moore. Defoe in the pillory. Bloomington, Ind., 1939, p. 126-188
Topic: Pirates
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Boston Public Library
by Hannigan, Francis James, b. 1880
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"An index, by author and by title, under one alphabet ... of all the short stories published in ... American magazines."--Preface
Topic: Short stories
Source: bplgrsci
Boston Public Library
by Briggs, Samuel, b. 1841
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Topics: Briggs family, Briggs, John, fl. 1638
Topics: Genealogy -- Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County (Pa.) -- History, Schuylkill County (Pa.) -- Genealogy
Boston Public Library
by Hannigan, Francis James, b. 1880
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"An index, by author and by title, under one alphabet ... of all the short stories published in ... American magazines."--Preface
Topic: Short stories
Source: bplgrsci
Boston Public Library
by Holden, Frederick A. (Frederick Augustus); Lockwood, James, 1714-1772
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Topic: Lockwood family
Boston Public Library
by Robinson, Caroline E. (Caroline Elizabeth), 1833-1906; Goodwin, Daniel, ed
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Topic: Gardner family
Source: bplsocsci
Boston Public Library
by Waters, Henry F. (Henry Fitz-Gilbert), 1833-1913; New England Historic Genealogical Society
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Topic: United States -- Genealogy
Boston Public Library
by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892; Burke, Ashworth P., ed
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Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain Colonies, Gentry -- Great Britain Colonies, Genealogy, Heraldiek, Hogere...
Boston Public Library
by Pigafetta, Antonio, ca. 1480/91-ca. 1534. Primo viaggio intorno al globo terraqueo. English; Stanley, Henry Edward John Stanley, Baron, 1827-1903
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topics: Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521, Voyages around the world
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Boston Public Library
by Cox, Henry Miller, 1854-1916
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"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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Book of Common Prayer
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The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer was bequeathed by Josiah H. Benton in 1919. Benton was a trustee of the Boston Public Library from 1894 until his death on February 6, 1917, and served for many years as President of the Trustees of the Library. He bestowed much of his fortune to purchase books of “permanent value and authority, desirable for scholarly research and use,” and an equal amount of money for additions and improvement to the Library building. In...
US Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs