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Sharing the wonder in our collections.

We invite educators and learners to use the library. Whether you visit us in person, use the library’s digital resources, or schedule a field trip, we look forward to learning with you.

For learners of all kinds
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Academic Visits & Group Tours

Enjoy the splendor of the Athenaeum through docent-led or guided explorations of our special collections. Learn More

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Professional Development

Expand your skills in using visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching through our special courses. Learn More

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Teaching Resources

Our special collections contain wide-ranging primary and secondary sources that support the study of art, art history, history, literature, and more. Learn More

The Harriet Hayden Albums Learning Guide

The Boston Athenaeum has the great privilege and responsibility of stewarding two photograph albums that belonged to abolitionist and anti-slavery activist Harriet Bell Hayden. This learning guide is an invitation to connect with, reflect on, learn from, be inspired by, and find meaning in those albums.

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