Tea leaves in glass bottle collected on the shore of Dorchester Neck the morning of 17 December 1773.
Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Samuel Mather, 12 May 1784
Letter from William Tudor to Delia Jarvis, 24 December 1776
Broadside by Jeremiah Newland
Ambrotype of Ralph Farnham, 7 July 1858
The First Prospect of an American College
A letter from Abraham Lincoln to Joshua Fry Speed
Broadside advertising a Fourth of July rally sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in 1854.
Castle Island in Boston Harbor
The Peabody sisters of Salem
Published in London in 1773, Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religous and Moral, was the first book of poetry by a Black American.
Paul Revere writes in support of Deborah Sampson Gannett, who served during the American Revolution disguised as a man.
Francis Parkman's Account of the Deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe
The American Party (the Know-Nothing Party) comes to power in Massachusetts in 1855
Benjamin Franklin sent a recipe "To make Milk Punch" to James Bowdoin, a Boston merchant and the future governor of Massachusetts, on 11 October 1763.
One of two known surviving copies of a certificate of attendance at Dr. John Warren's anatomical lectures and demonstrations, engraved by Paul Revere.
Mugs depicting the heads of the 1960 Republican candidates for President, Richard M. Nixon, and Vice President, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Written by Samuel Sewall in 1700, The Selling of Joseph was the first anti-slavery tract published in New England.
Saltonstall wrote this letter to her family while she was serving with the American Red Cross in France during World War I.
Hamilton wrote this letter the day before his duel with Aaron Burr.
Colombo Yogurt 8-ounce container
The Columbia and Washington Medal commemorating "the first American Adventure on the Pacific Ocean."
This is the first issue of the first continuously published newspaper in America.
"On Saturday next will be perform'd, by a society of ladies and gentlemen, at Faneuil-Hall, the Tragedy of Zara ... "
Edward Preble and the burning of the Philadelphia
Letter from William Whiting to Fitz-John Winthrop, 4 March 1703/4 
Letters by Octave Chanute and Godfrey L. Cabot following the Wright brothers' successful flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Robert M. Grey, Mr. Brooks, and Thomas Barbour gathering papayas at the Harvard Botanical Garden, Soledad, Cuba
Photograph by Francis Blake, circa 1885
Copper medal by Augustin Dupré, circa 1787
Compiled from actual surveys made by Order of the General Court and under the inspection of Agents of their appointment. by Osgood Carleton; engraved by Joseph Callender and Samuel Hill, 1801.