Album 18-4: Boston Transit Authority: Traffic Congestion

Collection Type

  • Photography





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This album is inscribed "Photographs made in connection with investigation of congestion of traffic, etc." It includes approximately forty-five 3 x 5 inch views of Central Wharf; South Market Street; Blackstone Street; North Market Street; Dock Square; Exchange Street; Faneuil Hall Square; Union Street; and Commercial Street, with views of market wagons and commercial activities. Also included with this album were seven loose photographs of elevation drawings of Central Square Station in Cambridge which have been removed to the binder for album 18-6.


Descriptive Terms

rail transportation structures
markets (structures)
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 18-4

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

market wagons
Central Wharf, Boston, MA
South Market Street, Boston, MA
Blackstone Street, Boston, MA
North Market Street, Boston, MA
Faneuil Hall
Commercial Street, Boston, MA
Dock Square, Boston, MA

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.