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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.
2 box (26 albumen prints)
Paper finding aid available in the Library and Archive.
James Wallace Black photographic collection of the Boston Fire, 1872
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896 (Photographer)
Great Fire, Boston, Mass., 1872
(c1987.). Whipple and Black : commercial photographers in Boston / Sally Pierce ; with a chronological annotated bibliography by William S. Johnson.. Boston Athenaeum :.
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.
Box 1 - photographs 1-14.
Box 2 - photographs 15-26.