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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.

Agassiz School photographs

Identifier: 0420.010
Scope and Contents Includes photograph of the Agassiz School building, circa 1971; and class photographs, 1970, 1972-1974 and 1976; and the Old Agassiz class photographs, 1972.

Alexander Hamilton School records

Identifier: 0420.042
Scope and Contents Includes portrait of Alexander Hamilton, 193?; print of Alexander Hamilton, undated; photograph of Principal Emeritus Mary T. O'Connell, 1957-1975; school banner, trophy, 1989; and miscellaneous photographs, circa 2000.

Assessing Department photographs

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2100.023
Scope and Contents Collection of aerial photographs of Boston from 1983.

Boston 200 records

Identifier: 0279.001

Boston Business School records

Identifier: 0420.012
Scope and Contents Includes administrative files, scrapbook, photographs and graduation programs of the Boston Business School formerly called Boston Clerical School.

Boston City Hospital collection

Identifier: 7020.001
Scope and Contents This collection documents the history of the Boston City Hospital from 1864-1996. Parts of this collection were originally in the custody of the Boston City Hospital Library. The collection includes Board of Trustees minutes and records; published reports of the hospital; administrative files of the hospital and of the library; financial records of the hospital; historical files and news clippings compiled by the library over time; holdings of the library including medical texts dating back...

Boston Elevated Railway photograph collection

Identifier: 9800.018

Boston Redevelopment Authority photographs

Identifier: 4010.001
Scope and Contents Photographs and negatives documenting urban renewal projects, circa 1953-1985. Includes photographs from the West End, Government Center, South Cove, Central Business District, Charlestown and other urban renewal projects. Photographs and negatives are in process and will be added to catalog record when complete.

Boston Technical High School records

Identifier: 0420.015
Scope and Contents Includes administrative files, scrapbooks of news clippings, photographs, and student newsletters. Also includes Mechanic Arts High School yearbooks for 1940-1941 and 1943-1944 and Boston Technical High School yearbooks for 1946-1958, 1960-1967, 1969, 1972, 1975-1985, and 1987-1991.

Boston Trade High School for Boys yearbooks and photograph

Identifier: 0420.016
Scope and Contents Includes yearbooks for 1931, 1935, 1939, 1944, 1945, 1947 and 1948 and a photograph of the school orchestra from the 1926-1927 school year.

Bowditch School photograph

Identifier: 0420.017
Scope and Contents Photograph of Class of 1909.

Bridge and Ferry Division photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5010.004
Scope and Contents Photographs and negatives of bridges and ferries. Subjects include views of City bridge, ferry, and pier facilities before, during, and after repairs, views of fire boats and ferry boats moored at these facilities, and views of motor vehicles involved in accidents damaging these facilities.

Brighton High School records

Identifier: 0420.019
Scope and Contents Includes yearbooks for 1938, 1944, 1950, 1954-1956, 1960, 1970-1974, 1977-1979, 1982, 1984-1985, 1987-1988; school newsletter "Towers" from 1961; two diplomas from the class of 1915; and a framed portrait of the class of 1921.

Budget Department photographs

Identifier: 2300.002
Scope and Contents Photographs of city buildings, capital projects, etc. used in budget reports.

Central Housing Project files

Identifier: 9000.006
Scope and Contents note This series includes the central files of the staff of the Boston Housing Authority on the individual housing developments under their control. The files are arranged under the authority establishing the developments and within those categories by each development project. The Federally-Aided Developments for Families of Low Income were established under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, as amended and were constructed between 1938 and 1973. The State-Aided Developments for Veterans' Families or...

Charlestown High School records

Identifier: 0420.023
Scope and Contents Includes a register of visitors to the School, 1852-1872; framed portraits of the classes of 1926 and 1927; photograph album of Class of 1937; graduation programs, 1873-1885, 1878-1987, 1991-1992; and yearbooks, 1926-1933, 1935, 1937-1944, 1946-1950, 1952-1954, 1957-1970, 1972, 1974-1975, 1977-1979, and 1990-2005.

City Clerk's Office photographs

 Series — Box: Small Collection, Folder: 10
Identifier: 0300.004
Scope and Contents note Includes photographs documenting greetings from Boston, England for 225th anniversary in 1955; one photograph of City Clerk Wilfred Doyle, circa 1928; and one photograph of unidentified individual in City Clerk's Office (possibly City Clerk Edward J. Donovan), 1907.

City Council photographs

Identifier: 0100.013
Scope and Contents Photograph album documenting city boundary perambulation of 1896 by the City Council and framed portrait of members of the City Council of 1925.

Comins School photograph

Identifier: 0420.025
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Class of 1912.

Commissioner of Public Works correspondence files

Identifier: 5000.001
Scope and Contents This collection includes the incoming and outgoing correspondence files of the Commissioner of the Public Works Department from 1961-2010. It includes the files of Commissioner James W. Haley (1961-1965), Commissioner John F. Flaherty (1965-1968), Commissioner Joseph F. Casazza (1968-2007), and Chief of Public Works and Transportation Dennis Royer (2006-2010) The files are arranged alphabetically by subject and include correspondence along with reports, publications, photographs and other...

Demolished building (takedowns) photographs

Identifier: 5410.002
Scope and Contents Photograph files of buildings ordered razed by the City of Boston. Photographs document condition of building just prior to demolition and usually include photograph of lot after demolition.

Department vehicle accident reports

Identifier: 0500.020
Scope and Contents Includes reports for accidents involving Fire Department vehicles from 1963-1989. Some photographs are included for major accidents.

Deputy Mayor Katherine Kane collection

Identifier: 0245.003
Scope and Contents Records donated by former Deputy Mayor Katherine Kane who served under Mayor Kevin H. White. Includes records relating to Boston 200, Cultural Affairs and the Arts. This collection is unprocessed.

Dorchester High School collection

Identifier: 0420.027
Scope and Contents Records of Dorchester High School, Dorchester High School for Boys and Dorchester High School for Girls. Includes administrative records, textbooks, framed copy of the first issue of "The Shrine" 1855, student magazines, programs, framed map of Dorchester from 1930, artifacts, photographs and yearbooks. Artifacts include DHS pins and a megaphone. Photographs include Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Fencing teams from the early 1900s; various classroom and school scenes from the early 1900s;...

East Boston High School photographs and film

Identifier: 0420.029
Scope and Contents Includes photographs of football teams from 1975-1979 and 1981-1982 and film reels of football games from 1975-1978.

Edward Everett School records

Identifier: 0420.032
Scope and Contents Includes Exhibition programs, 1875-1883, 1885-1886; graduation programs, 1887-1894, 1897-1919; and Edward Everett Evening School graduation program from 1925; photographs, circa 1900-1936; and copy books of Florence Lurie, 1909.

Elbridge Smith School photographs

Identifier: 0420.061
Scope and Contents Class portraits from 1940 and 1947.

Elderly Commission newspapers and photographs

Identifier: 9702.001
Scope and Contents Issues of the newsletter "Boston Seniority" published by the City of Boston Elderly Commission. Collection of photographs published in the newsletter "Boston Seniority" by the City of Boston Elderly Commission. Subjects include views of Boston, activities of the Elderly Commission, individuals and buildings.

Engineering Department scrapbook and badge

Identifier: 5020.003
Scope and Contents Scrapbook of H.G. Botsford containing photographs documenting work with the Engineering Department of the City of Boston, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. Also includes City of Boston Engineering Department badge.

Fairmount School photographs

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 0420.034
Scope and Contents Photographs of students in school yard performing dances, circa 1960-1965 and other miscellaneous events.

Fire Commissioner records

Identifier: 0500.016
Scope and Contents This series includes subjects files of the Fire Commissioner with the bulk of the files from the 1990s and early 2000s. Fire Commissioners during this period include, Commissioner Martin Pierce, Commissioner Paul Christian, Acting Commissioner Dennis DiMarzio, and Commissioner Roderick Fraser. This series also includes historical files, reports, photographs, etc. kept in the Commissioner's Office for reference purposes. The subject files when transferred to the Archives were arranged in...

Fire Department photographs

Identifier: 0500.004
Scope and Contents Small collection of 10 photographs donated to City Archives. Includes image of horse-drawn fire apparatus, undated; Fire Engine on Cambridge Street, undated; Engine 47 Fire Boat, 1948; Fire Department Banner on Washington Street, 1956; Fire on Brattle Street, 1959; 4 photographs of damage to North Station MTA, 1959; and Gil Jones and Fire Prevention Detail, 1961.

Frederic W. Lincoln School records

Identifier: 0420.070
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Class of 1911 and diploma of Percy Blair. Also includes diploma of Frank Schofield from 1888.

Frederick O. Prince School records

Identifier: 0420.074
Scope and Contents Includes diploma of Ethel Remick from 1891 along with a photograph of Remick, a photograph of principal E. B. Young and a class of '91 ribbon; photograph of the Class of 1967; Grade 8 photograph; Grade 5 photograph, 1970; and graduation programs, 1970 and 1971.

Girls' High School records

Identifier: 0420.039
Scope and Contents Includes yearbooks for 1952, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1969; student newsletter "The Distaff" from 1937-1965 with gaps; photographs of the Class of 1920 and 1929; diplomas from 1920 and 1929; class ring from 1929; and small pennant.

Grover Cleveland School photograph

Identifier: 0420.024
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Grover Cleveland School Class of 1932.

Henry L. Pierce School photograph

Identifier: 0420.051
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Class of 1899.

High School of Commerce records

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 0420.026
Scope and Contents Includes yearbooks for 1938-1940; photograph of unidentified sports team, circa 1913-1914; framed photographs of the Classes of 1919 and 1920; framed photograph of the baseball team from circa 1916-1919; diploma from 1920; and framed school cadets certificate.

Horace Mann School for the Deaf records

Identifier: 0420.047
Scope and Contents note The Horace Mann School for the Deaf records range in date from 1847-1995, with the bulk of the dates ranging from 1870-1994. The records have been arranged into six series: Series I – Administrative; Series II – Sarah Fuller; Series III – Memorabilia; Series IV – Boston Educational Association for Deaf Children; Series V – Reference Files; Series VI – Photographs.

Hyde Park High School records

Identifier: 0420.072
Scope and Content note The collection includes records from Hyde Park High School ranging from 1886-2008 with gaps. The records include paper, volumes, yearbooks and photographs. The records reflect aspects of the school including school history, student life, teacher information and parent information. The smaller portion of the records are divided into folders that include recorts such as a coin honoring Hyde Park High School from 1967, the alumni association, correspondence, drama, information for parents, epics...

Hyde Park photographs collection

Identifier: 9800.027
Scope and Contents Photographs of men and women, mostly identified as Hyde Park residents. All photographs were taken by photographers with studios in Hyde Park at the end of the nineteenth century.

Institutions Department photographs

Identifier: 8500.003
Scope and Contents Photographs of trip taken by administrators of the Institutions Department and Long Island Hospital to Prawl's Island, New York to take possession of the LT 462 which was renamed the James M. Curley.

Jamaica Plain High School records

Identifier: 0420.044
Scope and Contents (Old) West Roxbury High School was renamed Jamaica Plain High School in 1923. Includes yearbooks for 1942, 1946, 1951, 1956 and 1984; framed class photo from 1931; student newsletters 1895-1967 with gaps; Agricultural Department photographs, circa 1925-1940; and yearbook photographs, circa 1950s. See also (Old) West Roxbury High School.

James J. Chittick School photographs

Identifier: 0420.076
Scope and Contents Class photographs of James J. Chittick School attended by donor and her brother. Robert Cumming attended Kg-6th grade, 1949-1956. Virginia Cumming attended Kg-2nd grade, 1954-1956.

Joseph H. Barnes School photograph

 Series — Flat Box: 1
Identifier: 0420.069
Scope and Contents Photograph of the class of 1927.

Julie M. White photographs and slides

Identifier: 9800.017
Scope and Contents Prints, negatives and slides donated to the City Archives by photographer Julie M. White. Photographs document work on the Big Dig as well as Boston Harbor, Tall Ships and U.S.S. Constitution. This collection is unprocessed.

Landmarks Commission image collection

Identifier: 5210.004
Scope and Contents Photographs and other images collected by the Boston Landmarks Commission for reference use and for publications as well as photographs taken by the Landmarks Commission documenting their work and city neighborhoods.

Law Department photographs

Identifier: 0700.010

Lewis School photographs

 Collection — Box: School Photographs 1
Identifier: 0420.080

Longfellow School photograph

Identifier: 0420.045
Scope and Contents Photograph of Longfellow class, circa 1908.

Lowell School photograph

 Item — Frame: 1
Identifier: 0420.073
Scope and Contents Framed photograph of the Class of 1925.

Margaret Fuller School photographs

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 0420.037
Scope and Contents Includes class photographs from 1972-1975, 1978-1984, 1986-1988, 1991 and 2000.

Mary Hemenway School photographs

Identifier: 0420.043
Scope and Contents Class portraits from 1940 and 1947.

Mather School photographs and diploma

Identifier: 0420.049
Scope and Contents Includes panoramic photographs of the graduating classes of 1922-1923, 1925, 1927-1928, 1930, 1932, 1934-1935, 1938-1939, 1941 and 1945-1952; and a diploma from 1932.

Mayor James M. Curley collection

Identifier: 0237.001
Scope and Contents The Mayor James M. Curley collection includes materials created by and created about James Michael Curley during his long political career. The collection includes materials pertaining to periods during his time as Mayor of Boston as well as during his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts and as member of the United States House of Representatives. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, audiovisual materials, writings, and various forms of memorabilia. Included with the...

Mayor John B. Hynes collection

Identifier: 0243.001
Scope and Contents The Mayor John B. Hynes collection contains personal papers of the former mayor collected after his time in office. The papers include personal correspondence, employment and miltary service records, and various forms of personal memorabilia including certificates, awards, diplomas, poetry and writings, photographs, newspaper clippings, and multiple scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and articles from Hynes's early tenure as mayor in 1950 and 1951.

Mayor John F. Collins photographs

Identifier: 0244.002
Scope and Contents Photographs documenting the administration of Mayor John F. Collins, 1960-1967.

Mayor John F. Collins records

Identifier: 0244.001
Scope and Contents Records of the administration of Mayor John F. Collins, 1960-1967. Includes correspondence, subject files, reports, briefings, speeches, photographs and memorabilia.

Mayor Joseph Wightman portrait

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: 0217.001
Scope and Contents Portrait of Mayor Joseph Wightman who served as Mayor of Boston in 1861-1862. This portrait was most likely created circa 1880-1900 as part of the set of portraits of Mayors which were hung in the Old City Hall. It is a photographic portrait on a metal plate and measures 15" x 18".

Mayor Kevin H. White records

Identifier: 0245.001
Scope and Contents note When Mayor Kevin H. White left office in 1983, he gifted the records of his administration to the Boston Public Library, as at that time there was no city archives. The records were closed sometime after that by the Attorney General and research was restricted. In the early 1990s, Dick Dray, a former advisor under Mayor White, doing business as Boston Research Associates, attempted to organize and describe the records with the intention of writing a book on Mayor White. At some point, this...

Mayor Malcolm E. Nichols collection

Identifier: 0239.001
Scope and Contents note A majority of the documents in this collection, particularly correspondences, are from the years after Nichols was city mayor. Many of the documents are speeches written by Nichols for radio addresses to the public as well as general addresses, lectures, and commencements. There are two photographs in this collection and two books. One book contains circulars, newspaper clippings, and campaign ephemera, all from 1925. The second book, titled "The Standard Diary 1933" contains...

Mayor Raymond L. Flynn records

Identifier: 0246.001
Scope and Contents note The Mayor Raymond L. Flynn collection includes the records of the mayoral administration of Raymond L. Flynn, the 46th Mayor of Boston, who served from 1984-1993. The collection is divided into the following series: I. Subject files; II. Briefings; III: Correspondence; IV. Issue files; V. Press Office records; VI. Reports and publications; VII. Executive orders; VIII. A/V material; and IX. Artifacts. The records of the Flynn administration document the many issues facing the City of Boston...

Mayor Thomas M. Menino records

Identifier: 0247.001

Mayor's Office of Special Events photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 0272.002

Old Franklin School photograph

Identifier: 0420.036
Scope and Contents Undated photograph of the Old Franklin School in use as a veterans' post. The school was built in 1845.

Parks Department construction photographs

Identifier: 4400.003
Scope and Contents note The photographs in this collection represent visual documentation of various improvements to active and passive recreation facilities in Boston. The Parks and Recreation Department, Engineering Division administered the improvement projects. The photographs record work done by contractors and architects between 1968 adn 1984. They were a part of the City of Boston Archives accession #99013, which also contained maps and plans. The original order of the collection was adhered to with...

Parks Department legal records

Identifier: 4400.001
Scope and Contents note This series consists of 5.5 cubic feet of records from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The records cover the dates from 1880-1992, with bulk dates of 1885-1960. These records deal with various park projects of the Boston Parks Department (and its predecessors) from the 1880s through the early 1970s. Documents include land takings, deeds, land transfers, sales of land, leases, as well as other legal agreements between the Boston Parks Department (or its predecessors) and government...

Parks Department photographs and slides

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4400.007

Parks Department records relating to the Zoo

Identifier: 4400.006
Scope and Contents note The documents in this series are primarily correspondence between zoo workers, exotic animal suppliers, and zoo patrons. The dates range from 1951 to 1957 during which time James A. Walsh was deputy commissioner of the Boston Parks Department; therefore, the majority of correspondences are to or from him. During this time period, the park was in a period of expansion and many documents refer to the cost of purchasing animals as well as park supplies. A notable example of this is the file title...

Patrick T. Campbell School photographs

Identifier: 0420.022
Scope and Contents Panoramic photographs of the graduating classes of 1943, 1947-1950 and 1952-1954.

Peter Dreyer slide collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 9800.007
Scope and Contents note Collection of color slides of buildings, events and scenes in Boston donated to the City Archives by photographer Peter Dreyer. The photographs reflect various locations in and around the Boston area. Examples of subjects include the Boston Public Garden, the Massachusetts State House, the John Hancock Tower, and the Prudential Tower. There is also an extensive group of photographs of the Tall Ships when they returned to Boston in 1980 as part of the celebration for Boston's 350th anniversary.

Phillips Brooks School photograph

Identifier: 0420.020
Scope and Contents Framed portrait of the Class of 1920.


Identifier: 9800.002
Scope and Contents Includes a small collection of photographs documenting the visit and reception for Charles Lindbergh in Boston, 1927; visit of President Coolidge to Cambridge, 1925; Trinity Church altar, 1926; other miscellaneous street scenes, etc., circa 1923-1927; and a small collection of photographs of views of downtown streets, parks and beaches, circa 1900-1914.

Photographs of Building Department offices

Identifier: 5410.009
Scope and Contents Includes photographs of Building Department offices from circa 1917 including Commissioner's Office, Inspectors' desks, plans area, and document file vault. Also includes photographs of Building Department offices in the New City Hall, 1968.

Photographs of School Headmasters

Identifier: 0403.001
Scope and Contents Collection of photographs of school headmasters who served circa 1830-1878. Includes John D. Philbrick, Joshua Bates, Samuel W. Mason, Elbridge Smith, W.L.P. Boardman, William E. Endicott and others.

Police Department photograph

Identifier: 0600.004
Scope and Contents Photograph of Boston Police Class, 1945 January 6.

Prescott School photograph

 Series — Box: School Photographs 1
Identifier: 0420.079

Property files

Identifier: 5211.002
Scope and Contents All exterior work visible from a public way is subject to the review of the BHAC. The property files include the applications, decisions and supporting material from the design review process.

Property files

Identifier: 5213.002
Scope and Contents All exterior work visible from a public way is subject to the review of the SELD. The property files include the applications, decisions and supporting material from the design review process.

Public Works Department photograph collection

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

Quincy School photographs

Identifier: 0420.082

Robert Gould Shaw School photographs

Identifier: 0420.060
Scope and Contents Includes photograph of unidentified class of the Robert Gould Shaw School, circa 1900; and panoramic photographs of the classes of 1960 and 1963.

Rochambeau School photographs

Identifier: 0420.052
Scope and Contents Class portraits from 1940 and 1947.

Roxbury High School photographs

Identifier: 0420.056
Scope and Contents Includes photographs of headmaster, assistants and students of the Class of 1880; alumni photographs; framed photograph of the Class of 1907; photograph of the Class of 1920; and photograph of 75th anniversary banquet in 1929.

Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls records

Identifier: 0420.058
Scope and Contents Includes yearbooks for 1947, 1949, 1958 and 1960; student newsletter "Enterprises", 1928-1931 with gaps; programs; and photograph of the Class of 1931.

Special examination reports and photographs

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: 5410.010
Scope and Contents Reports of special examinations of buildings in response to complaints of unsafe conditions. Includes photographs of buildings.

Spectacle Island photograph album

Identifier: 9800.011
Scope and Contents Photograph album documenting Spectacle Island donated to the City Archives.

Street Lighting History collection

Identifier: 5030.003
Scope and Contents note This collection documents the activities of the Boston Public Works Department’s Street Lighting Division. Materials consist primarily of administrative records including contracts, logs, repair orders, lists of lamps, and correspondence. Records also include an information file on street lighting in general, photographs of lamps in Boston and surrounding towns, a scrapbook, and lamp drawings and schematics.

Suffolk School for Boys lantern slides

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 8500.002
Scope and Contents Collection of lantern slides of views of buildings and inmates of the Suffolk School for Boys (House of Reformation) on Rainsford Island.

Theodore Roosevelt School photograph

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: 0420.053
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Class of 1929.

Thomas Gardner School photograph and diploma

 Series — Box: Tube 1
Identifier: 0420.038
Scope and Contents Includes photograph of the Class of 1926 and diploma from 1926.

Traffic and Parking Department photographs

Identifier: 5110.002
Scope and Contents Photographs of streets scenes, intersections and crosswalks in downtown area and neighborhoods.

Transit Department photographs

Identifier: 8300.002

West End demolition photographs

Identifier: 9800.008
Scope and Contents note This series includes photographs of the demolition of Boston's West End during July and November 1959.

William Arthur Reilly collection

Identifier: 0299.001

William E. Endicott School photographs

 Series — Box: 2
Identifier: 0420.030
Scope and Contents Class photographs of the William E. Endicott School from 1983-1987 and 1991-1992.

William E. Russell School photographs

Identifier: 0420.059
Scope and Contents Includes panoramic photographs of the Classes of 1940, 1952-1953, 1963 and 1965; and class photographs from 1972, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1987-1988, and 1990-1991.