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Boston Herald Photographs, 1924-1997

Identifier: 008

Collection Overview

This collection contains Cambridge related photographs from the Boston Herald photograph collection (or photo morgue) that was sold in 2011. The photographs are by staff and contributing photographers, including major wire services (i.e., Associated Press, Acme Newspictures, Newspaper Enterprise Association), covering the 1920s to the 1990s. The collection is organized by year and includes a variety of subjects, including buildings, fires, protests, local and national politicians, local athletes, famous visitors to Cambridge, funerals, Cambridge police, criminals, Nobel laureates, and Harvard University professors. Highlights include:

1920s: the funeral of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and a headshot of Cambridge Mayor Edward W. Quinn.

1930s: the Sargent School acrobatic team, Cambridge Mayor Richard Russell and his wife, and explorer William A. Robinson

1950s: Rindge Tech track stars Ed Collymore and Joe Elder

1960s: Rich Tech alumni Bill Hewitt, Nobel Laureate Salvador E. Luria, Harvard’s professor of Afro-American Studies Ewart Guinier, and MIT student protests

1970s: Martha Meyers accused of burning the American flag, actor Dustin Hoffman receiving the Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year, student protests in Harvard Yard, and illegal bicycling in Cambridge.


  • 1924 - 1997

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Access to Collection

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright holder(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


Founded in 1846, the Boston Herald is one of the oldest daily newspapers in the United States. Throughout its history, it has absorbed several Boston newspapers, including the Boston American Eagle (1847), the Boston Daily Times (1847), the Boston Journal (1917), the Boston Evening Traveller (1912), the Sunday Advertiser (1972 – formerly called the American), and the Record American (1972 - a 1961 merger of the Daily Record – formerly called the Daily Advertiser - and the Evening American – formerly called the Afternoon Record.)

The Boston Herald has had several name changes: The Boston Herald and Boston Journal (1917), the Boston Herald Traveler (created in 1967 from the American Traveler and the evening edition of the Boston Herald); the Boston Herald Traveler and Record American (morning edition later shortened to the Boston Herald Traveler) (1972); and the Record-American and Boston Herald Traveler (afternoon edition later shortened to Boston Herald American) (1972). Soon thereafter the afternoon edition was dropped and the paper was renamed the Boston Herald American with the Sunday edition, Sunday Herald Advertiser. In 1981, the Boston Herald American was converted to tabloid format; and in 1982 the named was changed back to the Boston Herald.

Before being converted to tabloid format in 1981, the newspaper was awarded eight Pulitzer Prizes, including four for editorial writing and four for photography.


0.2 Linear feet

0.2 Cubic Feet

1 boxes

50 Items

Organization of Collection

About 50 itmes grouped chronologically.

Custodial History

Artificial Collection: photographs purchased on Ebay by the Cambridge Room.

Related Materials

Cambridge Chronicle Photographs, 1973 (003)

Processing Information

Processed by Alyssa Pacy in February 2014.
Finding Aid to the Boston Herald Photographs, 1924-1997 008
Alyssa Pacy
February 13, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138 USA