James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1872

GUSN

GUSN-171265

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  • James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872 (current record)

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

Descriptive Terms

fires (events)
commercial buildings
business districts
albumen prints

Physical Description

2 box (26 albumen prints)

Finding Aid Info

Paper finding aid available in the Library and Archive.

Collection Code

PC013

Collection Name

James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872

Reference Code

PC013

Acquisition Type

Gift

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896 (Photographer)

Material Type

albumen prints

Subjects

Great Fire, Boston, Mass., 1872

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 :.

Description Level

Collection

Historical/Biographical Note

Sources


Johnson, Susan. James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872 finding aid.
Mass Moments, Massacusetts Foundation for the Humanities, http://massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=323, accessed 2010-05-18.

Arrangement

Arrangement

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