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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.
Dates: 1984-1985


 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 5020.007
Dates: circa 1904-1908

Betterment plans

Identifier: 5040.001
Scope and Contents Assessment plans for the construction and improvement of sewers.
Dates: 1897-1955

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.
Dates: circa 1926-1947, 1971-1977

Bridge and Ferry Division plans

Identifier: 5010.001
Scope and Contents Obsolete and superseded architectural and engineering drawings of the Bridge and Ferry Division for the following facilities: public ways such as bridges, streets, tunnels, navigable water bodies, ferries and ferry facilities, and miscellaneous city facilities such as cemeteries, garages, piers, sewage and rubbish facilities, parks and other open spaces, monuments, development plans, bulkheads, hospitals, penal facilities, MBTA facilities and vehicles, schools, bathhouses, Harbor islands, and...
Dates: circa 1849-1959

Bridge and Ferry Division records

Identifier: 5010.006
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: circa 1910-1975

Bridge history cards

Identifier: 5010.003
Scope and Contents note 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.
Dates: circa 1900-1922

Bridge survey reports

Identifier: 5010.002
Scope and Contents note Bridge inspection reports completed as part of a Federal Emergency Relief project in 1935.
Dates: 1935

Cablevision plans

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.
Dates: 1983-1984

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...
Dates: 1961-2010 with gaps

Deeds relating to sewers

Identifier: 5040.006
Scope and Contents Includes deeds, releases, agreements, contracts, plans, and correspondence relating to sewers.
Dates: circa 1866-1914

Driveway permit applications

Identifier: 5000.007
Dates: circa 1960s-2012

Engineering Division plan books

Identifier: 5020.008
Dates: circa 1850-1900

Engineering Division plans

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

Level books

Identifier: 5040.004
Scope and Contents Books used by engineers to record survey notes and levels.
Dates: circa 1920-1940

Payroll records

Identifier: 2200.018
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: circa 1829-1923

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

Public Works Department annual reports and publications

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.
Dates: 1913-1993 with gaps

Public Works Department contracts

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.
Dates: 1911-1992 with gaps

Public Works Department photograph collection

Identifier: 5000.009
Scope and Contents Photographs collected by the Public Works Department showing Transit construction and street scenes.
Dates: circa 1880-1970

Public Works Department scrapbooks

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

Sewer Division project files

Identifier: 5040.005
Scope and Contents Sewer Division project files on projects at Charles Street Jail, Moon Island, Calf Pasture and Stony Brook. This collection is unprocessed.
Dates: circa 1942-1957

Sewer plans

Identifier: 5040.002
Scope and Contents "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.
Dates: circa 1890-1972

Sewer recordings

Identifier: 5040.003
Scope and Contents Chapter 268 of the Acts of 1903 required, prior to the construction of any sewer, the recording in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds of a statement approved by the Mayor of his intention to construct the sewer, naming the street or describing the land in which the sewer is to be constructed and giving an estimate of the construction. Includes sewer recordings for 1903-1911 and 1929-1958.
Dates: 1903-1958 with gaps

Sewer takings and orders to build

Identifier: 5040.007
Scope and Contents Notices of takings and orders to build sewers for the years 1879-1903, 1910-1914, 1916-1917, 1921-1928, 1930-1935, and 1938-1956 and notices of takings for Hyde Park for 1903-1904.
Dates: 1879-1956 with gaps

Street layout plans (L-Plans)

Identifier: 5060.009
Scope and Contents Master microfilm on aperture cards of L-Plans which document street layouts. Plans have been scanned and are available online.
Dates: circa 1870-1985

Street Lighting contract

Identifier: 5030.002
Scope and Contents Copy of the Street Lighting Contract between the City of Boston and the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston.
Dates: 1909 May 5

Street Lighting Division records

Identifier: 5030.001
Scope and Contents Records of the Street Lighting Division relating to urban renewal projects, gas lamps and crime.
Dates: circa 1952-1978

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.
Dates: 1902-2001

Street listings

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...
Dates: 1902-1999 with gaps

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