This project, Historic Images of Longmeadow was funded by a grant from the Community Preservation Act in order to preserve a large number of glass negatives of historic images that are owned by the Longmeadow Historical Society.  These images, which were stored in the basement of the Storrs House, were taken by Mr. Paesiello Emerson, a resident of Longmeadow, during the period from 1900 to his death in 1927.  Most of the glass plate negatives were in satisfactory condition but some of the glass plates were beginning to deteriorate.  In order to preserve these historic images, the glass negatives were digitally scanned and then received some minor retouching to improve the quality.

During the month of May 2014 there was a exhibit- Through the Lens- Longmeadow 100 Years Ago at Storrs Library in which a series of these photographs were on display.  Lowere resolution digital images from this exhibit as well as some additional ones are now being made available through this website of the Longmeadow Historical Society and are displayed in the slide show above.

To obtain larger size high resolution prints suitable for framing, please contact the Longmeadow Historical Society for additional information at LongmeadowHS@gmail.com or at (413) 567-3400.

For additional biographical information on Mr. Emerson please read the article from the Town Crier by Linda Abrams, Storrs House Museum Curator.

Digital Commonwealth- Boston Public Library Project

As part of the Digital Commonwealth project our large collection of Emerson glass plate negatives were scanned at high resolution by the Boston Public Library.  The large majority of these photos were taken in Longmeadow but some of them were taken in other Massachusetts communities including Spencer, Holyoke, Springfield, Framingham, and East Brookfield.  The entire collection of 1500+ Emerson photos are now online on the Digital Commonwealth project website.

This Emerson Collection owned by the Longmeadow Historical Society and found on the Digital Commonwealth website is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).  These photos may not be used for commercial purposes without a license from the Longmeadow Historical Society

If you are interested in using any of the photos found on the Digital Commonwealth website or this Longmeadow Historical Society website for commercial purposes, please send a email to LongmeadowHS@gmail.com for information regarding licensing.

Virtual Tour of Longmeadow- 1920

Visit Longmeadow as it was being developed into a suburb of Springfield in the early 20th century.  Using the large number of Longmeadow photos taken by Paesiello Emerson from 1900 - 1920 that are in our collection + a 1920 vintage map of Longmeadow, the Longmeadow Historical Society has developed a "virtual tour of Longmeadow".

Longmeadow Historical Society

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