This collection of menus from the dining rooms of four Boston hotels dates from 1843 to 1865. Some menus were for the general public, while others were printed for special private dinners held for groups of gentlemen or committees involved with government of the City of Boston. Some are noteworthy for their decorative printing in colored …
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 well be unique.
Over the next two years, the Athenæum will be …
“Tapa,” the Polynesian word for bark cloth, was produced by early civilizations in a multitude of textures, striking colors, and patterns. In Hawaii this substance was known as kapa, “the beaten thing,” referring to a stage in tapa production. During the1820s Christian missionaries, working with explorers and naturalists, …
The Reports of the Boston Athenæum (variously titled over the years), prepared annually, accounts and describes activities of each year, including financial matters, major gifts and/or purchases, additions and subtractions to the staff and board of trustees, general library statistics and other institutional activities. Beginning in the …
The locomotive industry emerged in mid-nineteenth-century America with the development and rapid expansion of the railroad network. As the number of locomotive manufacturers increased, the industry became intensely competitive, and builders vied with one another to capture the attention of railroad companies, officials, and agents. The …
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.