Boston Anthenaeum

Boston Anthenaeum

The Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. It is also one of a number of membership libraries, meaning that patrons pay a yearly subscription fee to use the Athenæums services. Wikipedia

Boston Anthenaeum

The Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. It is also one of a number of membership libraries, meaning that patrons pay a yearly subscription fee to use the Athenæums services. Wikipedia

Feb 17, 8:19 PM

Sometimes, the pursuit of knowledge emanates from a desire to understand differing perspectives. The Boston Athenums collection of Confederate imprints exemplifies this desire for understanding. Documenting a period of conflict and division, the collection serves as a useful tool for the contemporary study of divergent philosophies, some of which still plague American society. In the period following the Civil War, Francis Parkman (an Athenum Trustee) traveled to the Confederacy, authorized by the Library Committee to purchase Confederate material for the Library before it was lost from history. The collection, available in its entirety online, contains currency, correspondence, government documents, sheet music, postage stamps (like the 10-cent proofs pictured here), and more. #dayoffacts #archive #librariesofinstagram

Feb 17, 6:03 PM

Today, were joining hundreds of other institutions including museums, libraries, archives, cultural institutions, science centers and other trusted public sources of knowledge for #DayofFacts! Our vast collections, containing innumerable facts, were built with a desire to understand others. Since 1807, the Athenum, an ever-growing repository of knowledge, has been a cherished place of wisdom, insight, and civic discourse. We remain committed to our mission to serve our members, scholars, and the broader community by preserving and augmenting our collections and making these collections accessible, today and every day. #factsmatter #tenandahalf #librariesofinstagram

Feb 14, 10:35 PM

Our archival boxes overfloweth will these expressions of tenderness and love. If only we knew the stories behind each and every one! To all of our members and friends, we love you! #lovefromthearchives #valentinesday #tenandahalf #valentine #love #librariesofinstagram #athenaeum Collection of Valentines. Boston Athenum. Gift of Evelyn M. Coker, 1952.

Feb 14, 7:40 PM

Boats, blooms, and delicate winged babes just a couple of valentines from our archives! What would you write on these valentines, and to whom would you send them (with love and affection)? Tag your valentine below!