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John Booras collection of glass plate negatives

Description

This collection consists of 415 glass plate negatives John Booras acquired from various sources. Though Booras's collection documents various aspects of New England life, the majority of negatives are from the Boston Transit Commission, which photographed Boston transit developments from 1895 to the 1960's. Also represented in this collection are negatives of the Massachusetts town, Manchester-by-the-sea, including negatives of Walter Denis Denegre's summer estate, 'Villa Crest.' Other subjects covered in Booras's collection include street scenes, public events, portraits, and domestic life. The Item level descriptions and titles of the glass plate negatives derive directly from Booras' own writings on the contents of each plate.

Details

Collection Name
John Booras collection of glass plate negatives
Collection Code
PC066
Dates
1897-1942
Physical Description
415 glass plate negatives
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
317748
Reference Code
PC066

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the order Johjn Booras kept the collection in. The categories he created are as follows:
JB001-JB055 are of Boston Proper
JB056-JB092 are of Suburban Boston
JB093-JB153 are of Boston Neighborhoods
JB154-JB245 are of the Boston 'El'
JB246-JB326 are of part 2 an unidentified category
JB327-JB381 are miscelanious
JB382-JB414 are part 2 of miscelanious

JB157A and JB157B are not related. They are numbered as such to maintain the original order of the collection and the numbering system devised by Historic New England.

Record details

Originator
Boston Elevated Railway
Other People
Rowell, Paul
Descriptive Terms
public transit
subways
transportation
Material Type
gelatin dry plate negatives
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Manchester (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Related Items
Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s

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