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American Neoclassic Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum (Past Exhibition)

The establishment of the Boston Athenæum in 1807 as a place for the advancement of American culture coincided with the rise of Neoclassicism as the aesthetic-of-choice, first in Europe and then in the new United States. As an artistic movement, Neoclassicism dominated western art from the 1750s when major archaeological sites at …

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American Neoclassic Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum (Past Exhibition)

Watercolors and Drawings of Allan Rohan Crite

Born in New Jersey, but raised and educated in Boston, Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007) spent his life observing and chronicling the city’s South End and Roxbury neighborhoods. He was drawn to art at an early age, studying first at the Children’s Art Center with Charles Woodbury and later at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School (1929 …

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Watercolors and Drawings of Allan Rohan Crite

Over Here - World War I Posters from around the World (Past Exhibition)

September 10, 2014 – January 31, 2015

 

The Boston Athenæum holds an extraordinary, but little known, collection of World War I posters. Consisting of nearly 1,800 posters from fourteen countries, this collection provides a unique graphic record of the War of Nations. The exhibition, Over Here: World War I Posters from around the …

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Over Here - World War I Posters from around the World (Past Exhibition)

Schoolcraft Collection of Books in Native American Languages

In February of 1871, Mary Howard Schoolcraft donated a collection of books published in Native American languages to the Boston Athenæum. Although not a large collection, it is significant in that its contents were part of the personal collection of American geographer, geologist, ethnologist, and Indian Agent, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft …

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Schoolcraft Collection of Books in Native American Languages

Boston Directory, 1789 to 1900. (Ongoing Project)

The Boston Directory appeared in 1789 and was published irregularly until 1825, when annual publication started. Various publishers were involved over the many decades of its existence: John Norman (1789); John West (1796-1803); Edward Cotton (1805-1818); Charles Stimpson (1820-1846); George Adams (1846-1857); Adams, Sampson & Co. …

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Boston Directory, 1789 to 1900. (Ongoing Project)



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.

 

 

 

 

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