Boston (Mass.). Public Works Department
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.
Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:
Abandoned or derelict automobile reports
Includes Public Works Department copies of abandoned or derelict automobile reports with photographs attached.
Approved plot plans
Plot plans approved by the Division Engineer on behalf of Public Works Commissioners to simply verify the relationship gradewise of the proposed building to the abutting street, and acknowledge that there is sewer and water available.
Assessment plans for the construction and improvement of sewers.
Bridge and Ferry Division photographs
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.
Bridge and Ferry Division plans
Bridge and Ferry Division records
Subject files and miscellaneous records documenting the work of the Bridge and Ferry Division of the Public Works Department. Also includes a sampling of log books for three bridges.
Bridge history cards
Constitutes a historical summary of each structure at the time compiled, with the earliest and latest construction work being 1839-1922. Composed on 5"x8" cards and alphabetically arranged by geographic name, usually a street or water body associated with the structure. Base information was derived from research done in the City Documents and City Council Minutes, and annotated as alterations and repairs were made.
Bridge survey reports
Bridge inspection reports completed as part of a Federal Emergency Relief project in 1935.
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.
Commissioner of Public Works correspondence files
Committee on City and Neighborhood Services hearing, 2004 April 26
Index card file to complaints filed with the Public Works Department.
Deeds relating to sewers
Includes deeds, releases, agreements, contracts, plans, and correspondence relating to sewers.
Driveway permit applications, circa 1995-2006
Driveway permit applications
Engineering Division plan books
Engineering Division plans
Engineering Department and Public Works Department, Highway Division plans for streets, retaining walls, sea walls, edgestones, etc. Includes two sets of plans: OB# plans and OC# plans.
Books used by engineers to record survey notes and levels.
Includes 3 miscellaneous level books of the Highway Division, Paving Service. One book is labeled L-35
Miscellaneous records documenting payroll for various departments. Includes Fire Department, 1829-1868 with gaps; Schools, 1833-1870 with gaps; Police, 1869-1870; Water Works, 1869-1870; Chestnut Hill Reservoir, 1868-1869; Lamps, 1869-1870; Paving, 1869-1870; Health, 1868-1869, Auditing, 1875-1885; Welfare, 1920-1923; and Institutions, 1922-1923.
Includes miscellaneous volumes that appear to be indexes to permits for conduits, drains, etc.
Projection permit applications
Public Improvement Commission proceedings
Unindexed minutes of the Board of Street Commissioners for 1871, 1874, 1876, 1879, 1881, 1883-1884, 1901, 1905-1909 and 1911; and digital copies of Board of Street Commissioners minutes from 1871-1954 April 30 and Public Improvement Commission minutes from 1954 May 7-1986. The volumes for 1899-1900 are missing.
Public Works Department annual reports and publications
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
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
Photographs collected by the Public Works Department showing Transit construction and street scenes.
Public Works Department scrapbooks
Scrapbooks kept in the Public Works Department library. Includes scrapbooks of the City Engineer, scrapbooks on the subway, real estate transactions, and miscellaneous topics.
Sewer Division project files
Sewer Division project files on projects at Charles Street Jail, Moon Island, Calf Pasture and Stony Brook. This collection is unprocessed.
"M" series of sewer plans, circa 1890-1972; and miscellaneous sewer plans, circa 1912-1942. The "M" series includes sewer plans of Stony Brook, Austin Farm, the Fenway, Jamaicaway, Savin Hill Bay and other areas. The miscellaneous plans include West Roxbury sewer plans.