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Full Anthems
RARE BOOKS: The Rare Book Collection of the Boston Athenæum reflects the collecting interests of the Library as it has narrowed its focus from encyclopedic in the 19th century to its current focus on the humanities. Related collections: Artists' Books; Rare Bookbindings from the Library of George Washington; Central America; South Pacific Tapa Cloth, Menus from Boston Hotels, 1843-1865; Schoolcraft Collection of Books in Native American Languages
 	A south east view of the great town of Boston in New England in America
PRINTS: The print collection contains examples of a wide variety of printmaking techniques. Nineteenth-century New England lithographs form the core of this collection with large numbers of New England city views, landscapes, portraits, advertising posters, sheet music covers, and theatrical prints. Related collection: Locomotive Builders' Prints
Southern Women of the War, 1863
CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS: 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, many unique. Related Collections: Confederate Paper Currency; Confederate Postage Stamps; Confederate Financial Documents
Records of the Trustees
ARCHIVE: The Athenæum maintains not only its own, but also the institutional archive of two earlier Boston cultural institutions, the Anthology Society and the Boston Library Society,which merged with the Athenæum in 1939. Related Collections: Annual Reports; Athenæum Items; Catalogues of Exhibitions 1827-1874
A chart of the harbour of Boston, 1775
CARTOGRAPHY: The Athenæum cartographic holdings comprise thousands of sheet maps, plans, and charts, and more than 600 bound atlases, and juxtapose common maps with items of great rarity. The holdings date from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Related Collection: A New Sett of Maps Both of Ancient and Present Geography
View from inside the Hoosac Tunnel
PHOTOGRAPHS: Specializing in works by Boston-area photographic firms, this collection comprises a catalog of early photographic processes, and works of Boston and internationally important photographers. Related Collections: Daguerreotypes; Bernice Abbott Photographs; Boston and Albany Railroad and South Station; French Commune; Photograph Albums; Ambrotypes, Tintypes, and Other Cased Photographs
Public Garden
DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLORS: This collection encompasses works of art on paper by artists such as Thomas Edwards, Edward Clarke Cabot, Ellen Day Hale, Arthur Rotch, and Allan Rohan Crite, as well as that of amateur or anonymous artists. Related Collection: Art of Isaac Sprague
Eqyptian Shrine Hanging
MANUSCRIPTS: The collection includes personal papers, genealogical records, organizational and business records, literary manuscripts, sketchbooks, merchants’ records and ships’ logbooks. Related Collections: Art Deco Designs by Cartier; Sketchbooks of Jim Righter