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5000. Public Works Department

 Record Group
Identifier: 5000
Chapter 9 of the Ordinances of 1910 established the Department of Public Works and abolished the Engineering Department, Street Department and Water Department. The ordinance took effect February 1, 1911. The water works system and the sewer works system of the Public Works Department were abolished and transferred to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission by Chapter 436 of the Acts of 1977. The Public Works Department directs the general construction, maintenance, and cleaning of approximately 808 miles of roadways throughout the City. It also provides snow and ice control for all City streets. In addition, it operates drawbridges, maintains City-owned street lights, signalized intersections and supervises contracts for the removal and disposal of solid waste. The Department also operates the City's recycling program.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Abandoned or Derelict Automobile reports

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5000.013
Scope and Contents Includes Public Works Department copies of abandoned or derelict automobile reports with photographs attached.

Cablevision plans

 Series
Identifier: 5000.006
Scope and Contents note This series of plans for the Public Works Department illustrate where underground cable lines where laid in the early 1980s by Cablevision of Boston. Arrangement is by neighborhood and street.

Public Works Commissioner correspondence and subject files

 Series
Identifier: 5000.001
Scope and Contents Incoming and outgoing correspondence and subject files of the Commissioner of Public Works. Files are arranged chronologically and within each year by subject.

Public Works Department annual reports and publications

 Series
Identifier: 5000.002
Scope and Contents Includes copies of the annual reports of the Public Works Department for 1913-1914, 1916-1930, 1948-1959, 1962, 1964, 1966-1970, 1972-1977, 1980-1993 with gaps and miscellaneous publications. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Public Works Department contracts

 Series
Identifier: 5000.004
Scope and Contents Specifications and contracts for Public Works Department projects kept by the Public Works Department Bridge and Ferry Division and Contract Office.

Public Works Department photograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: 5000.009
Scope and Contents Photographs collected by the Public Works Department showing Transit construction and street scenes.

Public Works Department scrapbooks

 Series
Identifier: 5000.005
Scope and Contents Scrapbooks kept in the Public Works Department library. Includes scrapbooks of the City Engineer, scrapbooks on the subway, real estate transactions, and miscellaneous topics.

Sidewalk vending licenses

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 5000.012
Scope and Contents Licenses granted to individuals permitting the storage or sale of merchandise in a public street. (Chapter 584 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1907, and amendments thereof) The license includes the name of the individual, the authorized location, and the type of goods to be sold. Majority of licenses appear to permit the sale of food (prepared or fresh), drink, clothing, and other retail goods.

Street listings

 Series
Identifier: 5000.003
Scope and Contents Includes two copies of "A Record of the Streets, Alleys, Places, Etc. in the City of Boston" published in 1902 and 1910. These volumes include all streets, the date the street is supposed to have received that name, description of the street, and information on laying out, discontinuance of street and name changes. Also includes copies of "Boston Streets also its avenues, courts, places etc. showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct together ...