This collection consists of the over 130 art exhibition catalogues (80 of which are available here) published by the Boston Athenæum between 1827 and 1874 inclusive. These catalogues were compiled on the occasion of the annual exhibitions of historic and contemporary American and European paintings and sculpture that the Athenæum …
This group of over 300 bookplates by Sidney Lawton Smith (1845-1929) contains most of the designs created and engraved by one of the premier American bookplate artists of the early twentieth century. His studio was in Boston and his clients were among the most prominent book collectors of his time. The collection consists of original …
Comprising fifty-two graphite, water color, and gouache drawings, the Athenæum’s collection of original Cartier decorative drawings illustrates small, gold accessories created by Cartier craftsmen, likely at the firm's London studios between the years 1925 and 1930. The renderings were executed in exacting detail and exhibited …
Approximately 10,000 books and documents were printed in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The Athenæum has one of the largest collections, with over 4000 imprints. 200 items in our collection are not in any published bibliography, and may be unique.
Over the next two years, the Athenæum will be conserving and …
Arthur Dexter was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1830, the fourth son of the influential lawyer and politician Franklin Dexter (1793-1857) and his wife Catherine Elizabeth Prescott (1799-1891). He attended Boston Latin School as a child and graduated from Harvard College in 1851. His studies continued in the architectural studio of …
The Department of Digital Programs and Preservation of the Boston Athenæum is responsible for ensuring the physical preservation of the Athenæum’s historic collection and expanding scholarly access to the collection through digitization.
These collections of digitized rare books, archival documents, photographs, maps, and works of art on paper have been described and organized by the Boston Athenæum to make them more widely accessible to researchers, students, Athenæum members, and scholars.
The Athenæum is in the process of digitizing a wide range of library materials, and will be augmenting existing collections and adding new collections frequently.