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Boston (Mass.). Engineering Department

 Organization

Historical note

The Office of City Engineer was established by ordinance passed on October 31, 1850. By Chapter 449 of the Acts of 1895, the Surveying Department and the Office of City Surveyor was abolished and the duties transferred to the Engineering Department and the Office of City Engineer. By Chapter 9 of the Ordinances of 1910, the power and duties of the Engineering Department were absorbed by the newly created Public Works Department. A Survey Division of the Public Works Department was established May 1, 1954, under Chapter 2 of the Ordinances of 1954, Section 56, which amended Section 33 of Chapter 27 of the Revised Ordinances of 1947. The division performed certain engineering services for the divisions of the Public Works Department and other City departments. It also performed administrative and engineering services required by the Public Improvement Commission. On March 15-16, 1960, the functions and employees of the Bridge, Highway, Water, and Sewer Divisions engaged in engineering design were transferred to the Survey Division. The Survey Division was renamed the Engineering Division in 1961.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Engineering Department correspondence

 Series
Identifier: 5020.002
Scope and Contents

Five outgoing letter-copy volumes of Engineering Department - Survey Division and Street Laying-Out Department - Engineering Division correspondence. Includes volumes from 1904-1926 and 1932-1941.

Dates: 1904-1941 with gaps

Engineering Division plan books

 Series
Identifier: 5020.008
Dates: circa 1850-1900

Engineering Division plans

 Series
Identifier: 5020.001
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: circa 1892-1960

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.

Dates: 1871-1919

[Scrapbook of cyanotype photographs]

 Digital Record
Identifier: Scrapbook of cyanotype photographs
Dates: circa 1898

Street survey files

 Series
Identifier: 5020.006
Scope and Contents

Engineering Division street survey files arranged alphabetically by street name. Includes surveyor notes, plans, calculations, etc. Streets from other cities and towns may also be included.

Dates: circa 1910-1950