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Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers

Copies of drawings, manuscripts and other documents related to Bell's invention of the telephone. Library of Congress.

Alexander Graham Bell's Path to the Telephone

He invented it in Boston in 1876.

Boston Illustrated

Online copy of an 1891 guidebook to the city.
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Building Trinity Church

By its architect, H. H. Richardson. Requires Adobe Acrobat.
Back Bay

Charles Bulfinch

Biography of the architect of the new State House and the U.S. Capitol.

Charles River Museum of Industry

The history of industry and technology in America.
154 Moody St.

Damrell's Fire

All about the Great Fire of 1872, which reshaped downtown Boston.

Henry Hobson Richardson

Short biography of the 19th-century architect whose work influences Boston to this day (Trinity Church, for example).

History of the Boston Fire Alarm Telegraph System

Overview of the fire-alarm system that went online in 1852.

Lowell National Historic Park

Explore the history of America's Industrial Revolution in Lowell. See a working textile mill, canals, workers' housing, and more.

Middlesex Canal

History of the canal that connected Boston with Lowell until 1853.

Nichols House Museum

The Nichols House Museum offers a unique glimpse into late 19th and early 20th century domestic life on Boston's historic Beacon Hill. The four-story townhouse was built in 1804 during the early development of Beacon Hill. The original Federal design is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The interiors are decorated with original furnishings of the Nichols' family. The museum offers an active schedule of lectures, events, and educational programs throughout the year.
Beacon Hill

Portrait of Anthony Burns, fugitive slave

His arrest and trial in Boston under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 incited riots and protests by white and black abolitionists and citizens of Boston in the spring of 1854. The portrait is surrounded by scenes from his life, including his sale on the auction block, escape from Richmond, Virginia, capture and imprisonment in Boston, and his return to a vessel to transport him to the South. Within a year after his capture, abolitionists were able to raise enough money to purchase Burns's freedom.

Roberts v. Boston

Overview of the 1840s case that led to the official abolition of school segregation in Massachusetts.

Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate

A historic house museum designed in the 19th century by Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted.

Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900

Book: Classic work by Sam Bass Warner on the growth of Boston's inner suburbs.

The Society of the War of 1812 in Massachusetts

Tocqueville's Boston

A description from DeTocqueville's 1831 "Democracy in America."

U.S.S. Constitution Museum

Old Ironsides. The oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world.

William Delano and the Great Boston Fire of 1872

Testimony of Boston's fire chief on the fire.

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