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Album 18-3: Boston Transit Authority: Tunnel Construction

PC009.018-3 (RS245192)


This album dates from Mar. 22, 1900, to June 28, 1902, and it includes approximately one hundred twenty-five 5 x 7 inch and 8 x 10 inch photographs of tunnel construction; Shawmut Avenue near Pleasant Street, with machinery; construction workers; shafts; Commercial Street; Atlantic Avenue, including street activity and wagons; lower State Street (otherwise under-documented in our collections); Lewis Street; Washington and Hanover Streets; the Custom House (before the addition of the tower); the Old State House; and detailed views of the Ames Building from various angles. This album has some of the richest coverage of architecture in the series of albums.

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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: 18-3
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
Ames Building
Boston Transit Authority
Commercial Street
Custom House
Old State house
Shawnut Avenue
State Street
rail transportation structures
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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