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

Collection Type

  • Photography





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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.


Descriptive Terms

historic buildings
public gardens
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 18-2

Physical Description

1 photograph album

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Credit Line

Purchase, 1974.


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Other Organizations

Boston Transit Authority

Descriptive Terms

Boston Common
Boston Public Garden
Boylston Street, Boston
Boston Transit Authority

Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

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.