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Postcards, circa 1900-present

Identifier: 028

Collection Overview

This collection contains approximately 300 postcards depicting Cambridge scenes, including neighborhoods, buildings, schools, businesses, monuments, events, people, etc. at different periods of time. There are duplicate views of some scenes that have been republished with slight variations in re-touching or tilting. The bulk of the collection is early 20th Century and includes examples of early postcards, undivided backs, divided backs, the linen era, white border period, and modern photo chrome. This collection will be added to as donations and purchases are received.


  • circa 1900-present

Language of Materials


Access to Collection

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use



.2 Cubic Feet

.5 Linear Feet

Overview of Collection

About 300 items, arranged alphabetically by title of postcard

Custodial History

No known records of transfer. Some postcards were donated, others purchased, primarily from Ebay by the archivist.

Related Materials

Photographs (004), Cambridge Public Library Records (011)

Processing Information

Processed by Roxane Coombs in 1999 and reprocessed by Alyssa Pacy in November 2012. Finding Aid edited by Gabrielle Womack in March 2017 with the supervision of Alyssa Pacy.
Postcards, circa 1900-present
Alyssa Pacy
November 1, 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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