Album 18-7: Boston Transit Authority: Construction

Collection Type

  • Photography



Location Note




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137 5x7 views, including construction of subway near School Street; tunnel at Scollay Square; Boylston Street Station exit; tunnel near Hollis Street; construction work on Section 11, with many buildings indicated, some in snow; Court Street, including both construction and street views, with details of piles; common walls, trenches; Park Street, exteriors of station; construction of Scollay Square Station (exterior) with building views. Date: 9/1/1897 - 6/13/1898


Descriptive Terms

rail transportation structures
rail transportation buildings
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 18-7

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 11 x 13 1/4 inches

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

School Street, Boston
Boylston Street, Boston
Scollay Square, Boston
Hollis Street, Boston
Court Street, Boston
Park Street, Boston
Boston Transit Authority

Description Level


Location Note


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.