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Exhibition Catalogues 1950-Present

With the establishment of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the 1870s, the Boston Athenæum ended its historic, nearly fifty-year run of annual art exhibitions that had begun in 1827.Turning its focus almost exclusively to its library functions, the Athenæum did not again host or organize exhibitions until the 1950s. Even then, the …

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Exhibition Catalogues 1950-Present

Broadsides (An ongoing project)

Broadsides are single-sheet publications, historically printed on only one side. The Boston Athenæum’s collection of approximately 6,500 items is strongest in material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The American Civil War, poetry, governmental proclamations, musical ballads, theatrical programs and advertisements are the categories …

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Broadsides (An ongoing project)

Collecting for the BA in the 21st Century-Maps Charts & Plans (Past Exhibition)

Maps are among the most paradoxical of objects: dedicated to accuracy, measure, and precision, they are unfailing harbingers of fancy, imagination, and the dream. They are tangible records of our yearning for adventure and exotic places and people; they record our physical daring and inherent homesickness for places we have never been. …

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Collecting for the BA in the 21st Century-Maps Charts & Plans (Past Exhibition)

Lafayette - An American Icon (Past Exhibition)

Born into one of France’s wealthiest and most prestigious families, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette (1757-1834) dreamed of becoming a champion of freedom and a hero of chivalric proportions. An inborn faith in human rights joined with a natural personal dignity to serve his plans well: by the time he was …

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Lafayette - An American Icon (Past Exhibition)

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)



The Digital Programs, Conservation, and Technical Services Departments of the Boston Athenæum are 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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