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Album 18-2: Boston Transit Authority: Boston Common and Public Garden

PC009.018-2 (RS245193)


This album consists of approximately ninety 5 x 7 inch and 8 x 10 inch prints of Boston Common; fences and gates of the Boston Public Garden; fences of the Common along Boylston Street; the Park Square entrance to Common, as standing and in course of removal; birds-eye views of the Public Garden; work on the Boylston Street mall of the Common, with views of buildings on blocks not well documented elsewhere in Historic New England's collections; a trench on the Boylston Street mall; a trench in Public Garden; trees on Boston Common (possibly slated for removal); and the Tremont Street fences.

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Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photograph album
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Album Number: 18-2
Credit Line
Purchase, 1974.
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

These albums, together with a large number of loose photographs, were purchased by Historic New England (then the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or SPNEA) in 1974. They appear to have been office copies maintained by the Boston Transit Authority (now the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority or MBTA). The Library of the MBTA holds similar but not always identical photographs. These albums are part of a much larger collection of photographic material related to the construction of the Boston subway system, the first in the United States, which came to SPNEA in 1986. Please see individual album records for more detailed descriptions.

Record details

Other Organizations
Boston Transit Authority
Descriptive Terms
Boston Common
Boston Public Garden
Boston Transit Authority
Boylston Street, Boston
historic buildings
public gardens
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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