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Explore the objects, photographs, and documents that reveal four centuries of life in New England.

With more than 123,000 objects and 1.5 million archival materials, Historic New England’s collection tells the most complete story of how New Englanders lived from the seventeenth century to today.

Search collections of photographs, wallpaper, jewelry, home furnishings, architectural drawings, clothing, and more, from the opulent to the everyday. While half of the object collections are on view at our historic sites, the Collections Access database is your chance to discover thousands of treasures not usually accessible to the public. You can also make an appointment to visit the Library and Archives in Boston to research archival collections in person.




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Royal Barry Wills Drawing

This architectural drawing of a house and real estate office in Connecticut is part of the Royal Barry Wills Associates Archive. Historic New England launched online access to the collection of this influential Boston firm.

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Featured Blog Posts

More than 34,500 pages of Thomas Lincoln Casey’s papers have been digitized at Historic New England’s Library and Archives in Boston. In 2017, Historic New England secured a $64,415 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to support a two-year, $133,878 project to digitize papers related to the work of both Brigadier General […]

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The papers of Thomas Lincoln Casey, the U.S. Army Corps Chief of Engineers who supervised the completion of the Washington Monument, include reports, sketches, calculations, and letters that shed light on the risk posed by lightning to the world’s highest structure. The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. At the time, it was […]

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