Album 18-3: Boston Transit Authority: Tunnel Construction

Collection Type

  • Photography





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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.


Descriptive Terms

rail transportation structures
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 18-3

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

Shawnut Avenue
Commercial Street
Old State house
Custom House
Boston Transit Authority
State Street
Ames Building

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.