Numerous freely accessible books on diverse aspects of Boston History are linked from here.
Use BC Libraries catalog Holmes to find relevant print and online books. Below are some print books in O'Neill Library on Boston and its history:
Bacon, Edwin M. Rambles Around Old Boston. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1914. O’Neill
Binford, Henry C. The First Suburbs: Residential Communities on the Boston Periphery, 1815-1860. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. O’Neill
Chamberlain, Samuel and Marjorie Drake Ross. The Book of Boston: The Victorian Period, 1837 to 1901. New York, Hastings House Publishers, 1964. O’Neill
Clarke, Theodore G. Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the Building of Boston's Golden Age. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2010. O’Neill
Crawford, Mary Caroline. Old Boston Days & Ways: From the Dawn of the Revolution Until the Town Became a City. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1913. O’Neill
Crawford, Mary Caroline. Romantic Days in Old Boston; the Story of the City and of its People during the Nineteenth Century. Boston, Little, Brown and Co, 1922. O’Neill
Drake, Samuel Adams. Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston. Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle, 1971. O’Neill
Howe, M. A. D. Boston: The Place and the People. New York: Macmillan, 1903. O’Neill
Kennedy, Lawrence W. and Walter Muir Whitehill. Boston: A Topographical History. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000. O’Neill
Koren, John. Boston, 1822 to 1922: The Story of its Government and Principal Activities during One Hundred Years. Boston: City of Boston Printing Dept, 1923. O’Neill
Mann, Albert W. ed. Walks & Talks about Historic Boston,. Boston, Mass.: The Mann Publishing Co, 1917. O’Neill
O'Connor, Thomas H. The Athens of America: Boston, 1825-1845. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. O’Neill
O'Connor, Thomas H. Bibles, Brahmins and Bosses: A Short History of Boston. Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1991. O’Neill F73.3 .O25 1984
O'Connor, Thomas H. The Hub: Boston Past and Present. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001. O’Neill
Porter, Edward G. Rambles in Old Boston, New England,. Boston: Cupples, Upham and Company, 1886. O’Neill
Prindle, Frances Carruth. Fictional Rambles in & about Boston,. New York, McClure, Phillips and company, 1902. O’Neill
Puleo, Stephen. A City so Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010. Available Online
Rawson, Michael. Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010. O’Neill F73.44 .R39 2010
Rogers, Alan, Mary M. Whelan, and Andrew Bunie. Boston, City on a Hill: An Illustrated History. Sun Valley, Calif.: American Historical Press, 2007. O’Neill
Schultz, Nancy Lusignan. Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834. New York: Free Press, 2000. O’Neill
Seaburg, Carl. Boston Observed. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. O’Neill
Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet. A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston. Boston: Printed by request of the City Council, 1871. O’Neill
Thwing, Annie Haven. The Crooked & Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822. Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1970. O’Neill
Ticknor, Caroline, ed, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Dr. Holmes's Boston. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915. O’Neill
Warden, G. B. Boston, 1689-1776. Boston: Little Brown, 1970. O’Neill
Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston: a Topographical History. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1968. O’Neill
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Full-text of most major titles printed in the UK and America between 1701 and 1800.
This is a very large digitized book collection from the University of Michigan and partner libraries (including BC). Using Advanced Search you can limit to full-text books, a specific date range, e.g. 1790-1860, "Boston" in the title, etc.
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This tool provides access to a very large, and growing, number of full-text books in digital format. It's particularly good for locating 18th and 19th century works. There is a fair amount of duplication with HathiTrust above.
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A new search interface for the content digitized by the Internet Archive/Open Content Alliance.
Railroad Jubilee on Boston Common, 1851; painting by William Sharp.