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James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872

Description

The James Wallace Black Photographic Collection of the Boston Fire, 1872 contains 26 albumen prints that document the destruction and aftermath of this major conflagration. On November 9, a fire started in a dry goods store in the city's commercial district and blazed for 15 hours. The inferno flattened 65 acres of buildings and destroyed over 1,000 businesses.

Details

Collection Name
James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872
Collection Code
PC013
Dates
1872
Acquisition Type
Gift
Physical Description
2 box (26 albumen prints)
Finding Aid Info
Paper finding aid available in the Library and Archive.
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
171265
Reference Code
PC013

Arrangement

Box 1 - photographs 1-14.
Box 2 - photographs 15-26.

Record details

Originator
Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
business districts
commercial buildings
fires (events)
Material Type
albumen prints
Subjects
Great Fire, Boston, Mass., 1872
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Publications Referencing This Collection
(c1987.). Whipple and Black : commercial photographers in Boston / Sally Pierce ; with a chronological annotated bibliography by William S. Johnson.. Boston Athenaeum :.

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