Album 18-5: Boston Transit Authority: Washington Street

Collection Type

  • Photography





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This album includes approximately twenty-seven 5 x 7 inch views of Washington Street, surveyed block by block in 1904. It documents the street from buildings numbered 572 to 754, plus other unnumbered buildings. Some of the photographs in this album have been removed and placed in the appropriate Washington Street files.


Descriptive Terms

historic buildings
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 18-5

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

Washington Street, Boston, MA
Boston, MA
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.