Boston Streets collections, 1762-1980

Overview

Title: Boston Streets collections
Dates: 1762-1980
Bulk Dates: 1848-1960
Creator: Digital Collections and Archives
Call Number: MS102
Size: 3216 digital objects
Location:
    Digital Collection and Archives, Tufts University

Description

This collection contains the digital content collected and created for use in the Boston Streets project. Boston Streets: Mapping Directory data was developed by the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University, with support from a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by Docema, The Bostonian Society, and other anonymous gifts. The Bostonian Society provided more than 3000 images to the project and was also a major partner in developing descriptive cataloging specifications. The collection is comprised of images, maps, and street directories from the years 1762 -- 1980. To view the Boston Streets digital exhibit, please see: http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/index.html

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series: Images, unbound; Boston City Directories; Maps and atlases of Boston.

Biography/History

Historical or Biographical Note

Digital Collections and Archives is the Tufts University steward for all archival records and materials of significant and historical relevance to the college.

The collection began as the University Archives, which were incorporated in 1965 by the Tufts University Board of Trustees (Annual Reports 1965-1988). Previously, the position of archivist was loosely created in 1959 as a means of processing and acquiring important university and student records for preservation. This role was filled by Tufts history professor and historian Russell L. Miller, who also wrote the Tufts University history "Light on the Hill." The archives were considered a department of the University Library (known as Eaton and then Wessell at that time), overseen by the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

The university's archives were first kept in Eaton Library, but moved to the Wessell Library building in 1965. Originals of some records were sent to vaults in Ballou Hall for storage. In 1991, due to budget issues, the university archivist was laid off. When the office was reopened in 1997, it was as the University Archives and Special Collections, also located as a department within the Tisch Library.

In July 2001, Digital Collections and Archives was created when the University Archives was tasked with developing a Tufts Digital Library. The department moved from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering to the Central Administration, directed by the University Provost. The Special Collections department remained under Tisch Library.

DCA is currently physically housed in Tisch Library building.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

This collection is processed and open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Images, unbound, 1762-1980

    This series contains digital manifestations of photographs of Boston from The Bostonian Society and the Tufts University Archives.

  2. Boston City Directories, 1845-1925

    This series contains Boston city directories for the years: 1845, 1849-50, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1872, 1875, 1885, 1905, 1925, 1945.

    1. 2.1. 1845, 1845

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1845.

    2. 2.2. 1850, 1850

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1850.

    3. 2.3. 1855, 1855

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1855.

    4. 2.4. 1860

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1860.

    5. 2.5. 1865, 1865

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1865.

    6. 2.6. 1870, 1870

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1870.

    7. 2.7. 1872, 1872

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1872.

    8. 2.8. 1875

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1875.

    9. 2.9. 1885, 1885

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1885.

    10. 2.10. 1905, 1905

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1905.

    11. 2.11. 1925, 1925

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1925.

    12. 2.12. 1945

      This sub-series contains the Boston directory for 1945.

  3. Maps and Atlases of Boston, 1874-1928

    This series contains digital versions of maps and atlases of Boston showing the changes in the city over time.

    1. 3.1. 1874 Atlas, 1874
    2. 3.2. 1898 Atlas, 1898
    3. 3.3. 1928 Atlas, 1928