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Digital Newton

About This Project

Since the Spring of 2009 the Newton Free Library, Historic Newton and the City Clerk have been partnering to seek funding to preserve and/or digitize sets of materials that have been deemed important to the Library’s mission of “promoting the educational, cultural and recreational enrichment of all members of the Newton community,” and support the City’s call for “planning with history” (Newton Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 9).

The result of this work is Digital Newton, funded in part by the citizens of Newton through the Community Preservation Act, a Federal LSTA Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (via the Institute of Museum and Library Services) and the Library's municipal appropriation.

At launch, Digital Newton provided more than 1,000 image objects for the benefit of the community, with more to be posted as budget and collection preparation allows. Please feel free to add your comments in the comment boxes located at the bottom of each collection.

The images reflect and offer a rare window into America's past, uncensored and presented without curator bias. The views expressed in the historic images and galleries do not reflect those of the Newton Free Library or the City of Newton. The activity which is the subject of this report guide was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of that agency, and no official endorsement by that agency should be inferred.

About the Collection

The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community’s social, cultural and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of Newton and insight into the city from the 19th through the early 20th century as Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community.

Presented here are a wide range of historic materials, from photos to high school yearbooks to manuscripts and municipal directories. Please take some time to get to know Newton's past through this collection, and make sure to comment on the collections - your input can help shape the future of this valuable community resource.