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Boston (Mass.). Street Laying-Out Department


Historical note

Chapter 337 of the Acts of 1870 established the Board of Street Commissioners. All the powers of the Board of Aldermen concerning the laying-out, altering or discontinuing the streets and ways in the city and the powers of the Board of Aldermen in relation to the abatement of taxes were transferred to the Board of Street Commissioners.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Board of Street Commissioners notices

Identifier: 2100.007
Scope and Contents

Notices of apportionment and revision of assessments for street improvements, street watering and sewerage works and notices of street improvements.

Dates: circa 1894-1917

City Council orders

 Series — Box 1: [Barcode: 00000446]
Identifier: 5060.006
Scope and Contents

City Council orders to the Board of Street Commissioners relative to laying out streets, extending streets and providing estimates.

Dates: circa 1871-1910

Engineering Department correspondence

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

News clippings

 Series — Box SB - 046: [Barcode: 00001131]
Identifier: 5060.007
Scope and Contents

One volume of news clippings of court decisions relating to streets.

Dates: 1903-1927

Public Improvement Commission orders

Identifier: 5060.008
Scope and Contents

Orders of the Public Improvement Commission (formerly Board of Street Commissioners) relating to the laying-out, alteration, opening, discontinuance and naming of streets.

Dates: 1870-1988

Public Improvement Commission proceedings

Identifier: 5060.001
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1871-1986 with gaps

Record of business of Street Commission

 Item — Box SB - 045: [Barcode: 00001061]
Identifier: 5060.003
Scope and Contents

Log of business before the Street Commission relating to laying out of streets. Lists street, parties in interest, number of square feet taken, when taken, estimates, amount paid and notes.

Dates: 1889-1897

Record of private ways approved

Identifier: 5060.002
Scope and Contents

Votes of Street Commissioners accepting private ways approved by the Mayor.

Dates: 1928-1947

Street Laying-Out Department annual reports

 Series — Publications PB 035
Identifier: 5060.005
Scope and Contents

Includes copies of annual reports of the Street Laying-Out Department for the years 1893-1898, 1900-1902, 1904-1908, 1910, 1912-1928, 1930-1934, 1936, 1938-1940, 1942-1943 and 1945-1951. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: 1892-1951 with gaps

Street notices

Identifier: 5060.004
Scope and Contents

Two volumes of printed public notices of the Board of Street Commissioners relating to laying out streets, land takings and schedules of assessments.

Dates: 1873-1876