Congregational Library & Archives: Congregational Library & Archives launches free digital archives containing treasure trove of important New England historical records

Congregational Library & Archives: Congregational Library & Archives launches free digital archives containing treasure trove of important New England historical records. “The Congregational Library & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its digital archive which contains over 100,000 images across more than 4,000 extraordinary historical records that illuminate New England history. Records from over 100 New England churches in 90 communities, with most records dating between 1634 and 1850, are freely available for those interested in learning more about the history of their state, community, or family.”

Greenfield Recorder: Photographer Terri Cappucci salvages glass-plate negatives from another era

Greenfield Recorder: Photographer Terri Cappucci salvages glass-plate negatives from another era. “The images that Cappucci has so far unearthed show remarkable detail, considering how photographers in the earliest days had to labor with air-conditioner-sized cameras, long exposures and dark-room development techniques. Besides bygone farms and rustic homesteads, these black-and-white images show people in both ragged clothes and finery, who seem unaccustomed to posing for photos, unlike most of us in today’s smartphone photography age.” There is not a huge selection of photography to see yet, but the level of detail and the photographs themselves are phenomenal. It’s easy to tell that they have been cleaned and restored by someone who knows what they’re doing. Go look.

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.. “This collection documents the history and work of the Boston-based architectural firm founded in 1925 by Royal Barry Wills, one of America’s most popular architects and master of the Cape Cod-style house. From the 1920s to the 1960s, Wills designed 2,500 single-family residences, authored eight books about architecture, hosted a radio program, lectured widely, received numerous awards, supplied ‘Home Building Plans’ for a number of newspapers, and was the subject of feature articles in Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. In 2013 Wills’ son Richard donated the majority of the company archives to Historic New England.”