The Boston Public Library (est.1848) is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States, the first large library open to the public in the United States, and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials and take them home to read and use. Although not all digitisations of their material is available under an open license, some of it is, including a vast image collection available through Flickr and also the works of Eadweard Muybridge which can be found via the Eadweard Muybridge Online Archive. Visit the Eadweard Muybridge Online Archive and their Flickr collections. OUR CONTENT FROM THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Laughing Song (1904)

In this novelty recording by the Norwegian actor Henry Klauser, a mournful refrain gradually gives way to laughter….more

Micromégas by Voltaire (1752)

Early sci-fi short story by Voltaire recounting a visit to Earth by Micromégas, an inhabitant of a distant planet which circles the star Sirius, and his companion …more

Fables for the Frivolous (1899)

One of the earliest works by the American parodist Guy Wetmore Carryl, this collection of fables are adapted from Jean de La Fontaine’s Aesop-style originals from m…more

Phenomena of Materialisation (1923)

English translation of Phenomena of Materialisation, a book by German physician and psychic researcher Baron von Schrenck-Notzing which focuses on a series of séan…more

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