COLLECTION GUIDES

1850s-2000s

Guide to the Photograph Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

Photographs of Boston, Massachusetts.

Collection Description

More than 500 photographs of Boston from the 1850s to the present, comprising both original and copy photographs. Photographs are arranged into several broad groups including buildings, cemeteries, churches, Common, the Great Fire of 1872, Boston Harbor, hospitals, hotels, houses, monuments, Public Garden, railroads, streets and views. Photographers represented in this collection include George M. Brayton, William T. Clark, Baldwin Coolidge, Augustine H. Folsom, John P. Soule, and John A. Whipple.

Acquisition Information

This collection includes photographs given as individual gifts and removed from manuscript collections.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Boston photographs

Bridges

Box 1#12.1
Longfellow Bridge, ca. 1910

Buildings

Box 1#12.2
Armour & Co. Garage, July 1937Taken by Gillespie, Boston.
Box 1#12.3
Armour & Co. office building, July 1937Taken by Gillespie, Boston.
Box 1#12.4
Armour & Co. Packing House, July 1937Taken by Gillespie, Boston.
Box 1#12.5
Atlantic National Bank, September 1930

Corner of Water and Congress Streets.

Box 1#12.6
Atlantic National Bank, August 1931
Box 1#12.7
Boston Journal Building, October 1881

264 Washington St.

Decorated with bunting for death of President Garfield.

Box 1#12.8
Boston Medical Library, May 1919

8 The Fenway

Box 1#12.9
Boston Medical Library, March 1931Taken by Robert H. Pearman.
Box 1#12.10
Boston Public Library, undated
Box 1#12.11
Coliseum, interior, June 1869

Building erected for the National Peace Jubilee.

Box 1#12.12a/b
Custom House before enlargement, before 1913Taken by William T. Clark
Box 1#12.13
Custom House, after 1915
Box 1#12.14a/b
Custom House tower, May 1929
Box 1#12.15
Custom House tower from Ames Building, 1920s
Box 1#12.16
Dudley Street Station from Warren and Dudley Streets, 1920s
Box 1#12.17
Faneuil Hall, interior, ca. 1895Taken by William T. Clark
Box 1#12.18
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1890s
Box 1#12.19
Faneuil Hall, August 1876

Showing the grand opening parade

Box 1#12.20
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1890
Box 1#12.21
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1896
Box 1#12.22
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1896
Box 1#12.23
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1903

Interior.

Box 1#12.24
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1926Taken by William T. Clark
Box 1#12.25
Faneuil Hall, 1901
Box 1#12.26a/b
Faneuil Hall, 1920sTaken by William T. Clark

Interior.

Box 1#12.27
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1903

Interior.

Box 1#12.28
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1903
Box 1#12.29
Faneuil Hall, ca. 1903
Box 1#12.30
First National Bank, corner of Milk & Devonshire Streets 1924Taken by William T. Clark
Box 1#12.31
Fruit and Produce Terminal, South Boston, 1920s
Box 1#12.32
C. F. Hovey & Co., 33 Summer St., 1898
Box 1#12.33
Shipping Office of Supply Clap Thwing, 28 India Wharf, ca. 1920-1926Taken by Irving Kimball.
Box 1#12.34
Jordan Marsh, Washington St.,1885Taken by N. R. Worden

Building draped in bunting for death of Ulysses S. Grant.

Box 1#12.35
"Crystal Palace," Lincoln St., ca. 1890-1895

A tenement building

Box 1#12.36
Lincoln Building, Lincoln St., after 1895

Building replaced the "Crystal Palace" tenement in 1895.

Box 1#12.37
McMahon & Jaques, 242 Massachusetts Ave., ca. 1900-1918
Box 1#12.38
Mechanics Association building, Huntington Ave., ca. 1900
Box 1#12.39
Mechanics Association building, 1883
Box 1#12.40
Mechanics Association building, 1883
Box 1#12.41
Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, ca. 1880
Box 1#12.42
Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, 1880
Box 1#12.43
Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, ca. 1880
Box 1#12.44
Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, ca. 1900
Box 1#12.45
Old Boylston Market, Washington & Boylston Streets, ca. 1880
Box 1#12.46
Old Corner Bookstore, Washington & School Streets, ca. 1890
Box 1#12.47
Old Corner Bookstore, ca. 1901
Box 1#12.48
Old Corner Bookstore, ca. 1872
Box 1#12.49
Old Masonic Temple, Tremont Street, ca. 1880
Box 1#12.50
Old State House, ca. 1890
Box 1#12.51
Old State House, ca. 1903
Box 1#12.52
Old State House, ca. 1880s
Box 1#12.53
Old State House, ca. 1890s
Box 1#12.54
Old State House, ca. 1866
Box 1#12.55
Old State House, ca. 1870s
Box 1#12.56
Old State House, ca. 1880s
Box 1#12.57
Paine Furniture site Arlington Street, ca. 1913Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
Box 1#12.58-12.67
Salada Tea Co., Berkeley St., 1916Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
Box 1#12.68
Scollay Building, Court St., ca. 1860s
Box 1#12.69
Massachusetts State House, Beacon St., ca. 1890s
Box 1#12.70
Massachusetts State House, undated
Box 1#12.71
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1890s
Box 1#12.72
Massachusetts State House, 1890Taken by Moulton Erickson Photograph Co.
Box 1#12.73
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1903
Box 1#12.74-12.75
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1980s

Fireworks display over the State House.

Box 1#12.76
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1890s

Panoramic view over the common.

Box 1#12.77
Massachusetts State House, 1930

Flyover of the U.S. Navy zeppelin [Los Angeles]. Likely taken during the 1930 annual convention of the American Legion.

Box 1#12.78
Massachusetts State House, 1890

Decorated in bunting celebrating the 25th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Box 1#12.79
Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, 1923

Aerial view.

Box 1#12.80
Massachusetts State House, 1886?Taken by William T. Clark.

Interior of Doric Hall.

Box 1#12.81
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1900Taken by William T. Clark.
Box 1#12.82
Suffolk County Court House, 1937

Laying of the cornerstone.

Box 1#12.83
Union Building, 40 State St., ca. 1900Taken by William T. Clark.
Box 1#12.84
Unknown building, probably Back Bay, 1920sTaken by William T. Clark.

Cemeteries

Box 2#12.85
Copp's Hill Burial Ground,May 1929Taken by Gillespie, Boston.
Box 2#12.86
Forest Hills Cemetery, gate and tower, [1870s]
Box 2#12.87
Forest Hills Cemetery, gateway, [1870s]
Box 2#12.88
Granary Burial Ground, looking toward Park Street Church, [1870s]
Box 2#12.89
Granary Burial Ground, looking toward King's Chapel , [1870s]
Box 2#12.90
Granary Burial Ground, looking toward Tremont St., [1870s]

Churches

Box 2#12.91
Baldwin Place Church, [1860s]Taken by G. H. Drew
Box 2#12.92
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1900sTaken by George BraytonPhotograph of an 1859 lithograph by Charles A. Evans.
Box 2#12.93
Central Congregational Church, ca. 1870
Box 2#12.94
Christ Church (Old North), with Revere Statue in the foreground, ca. 1970Taken by Sandr A. Merk
Box 2#12.95
Christ Church (Old North), undatedCyanotype
Box 2#12.96
Christ Church (Old North), undatedCyanotype
Box 2#12.97
Christ Church (Old North), undatedCyanotype
Box 2#12.98
Christ Church (Old North), ca. 1903
Box 2#12.99
Church in Brattle Square, 1861Taken by R. Nixon

Interior.

Box 2#12.100
Church in Brattle Square, undated

Interior.

Box 2#12.101
Church in Brattle Square, undated

Pulpit.

Box 2#12.102
Church in Brattle Square, undated

Pulpit.

Box 2#12.103
Church in Brattle Square, undated

Organ.

Box 2#12.104
Church in Brattle Square, undated

Exterior.

Box 2#12.105
Church in Brattle Square, ca. 1865-1874
Box 2#12.106
Church in Brattle Square, ca. 1865-1874
Box 2#12.107
Church in Brattle Square, 1861Taken by R. Nixon

Pulpit.

Box 2#12.108
First Church (Old Brick), before 1868Photograph of a painting
Box 2#12.109
First Church, ca. 1950Taken by J. C. Hansen
Box 2#12.110
Hollis Street Church, ca. 1887Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
Box 2#12.111
King's Chapel, January 1930
Box 2#12.112
King's Chapel, ca. 1903
Box 2#12.113
King's Chapel, ca. 1890Taken by William T. Clark
Box 2#12.114
Methodist Church, Tremont St., 1870s

"American Stereoscopic Views, Boston and Vicinity"

Box 2#12.115
New South Church, Summer & Bedford Sts., 1860s

Old North Church, Salem St.

See Christ Church (Old North)

Box 2#12.116
Old South Church, Boylston St. (New Old South), 1870s
Box 2#12.117
Old South Church, 1880s?
Box 2#12.118
Old South Meeting House, Milk & Washington Sts., ca. 1903
Box 2#12.119
Old South Meeting House, 1920-1926Taken by William T. Clark
Box 2#12.120
Old South Meeting House, 1890s
Box 2#12.121
Old South Meeting House, 1890s
Box 2#12.122
Old South Meeting House, 1884
Box 2#12.123
Old South Meeting House, 1860sPhotograph of a print
Box 2#12.124
Old South Meeting House, 1890s
Box 2#12.125
Old South Meeting House, 1880s

Interior.

Box 2#12.126
St. Clement's Church, 1920s
Box 2#12.127
St. Paul's Church, Tremont St. at Temple Place, ca. 1885
Box 2#12.128
St. Paul's Church, ca. 1885
Box 2#12.129
Second Church, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge

Interior.

Box 2#12.130
Second Church, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge

View of stained glass windows.

Box 2#12.131
Second Church, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge

Interior, looking toward altar.

Box 2#12.132
Second Church, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge

Interior, showing east end of transept.

Box 2#12.133
Trinity Church, Summer St, before 1872
Box 2#12.134
Trinity Church, Summer St. after the Great Fire, 1872
Box 2#12.135
Trinity Church, Copley Square, ca. 1872-1877

Showing the church under construction.

Box 2#12.136
Trinity Church, Copley Square, late 1870s

Boston Common

Box 2#12.137
Boston Common, Soldiers & Sailors Monument in background, 1880s?
Box 2#12.138
Boston Common, Soldiers & Sailors Monument after a snowstorm, 1880s?
Box 2#12.139
Boston Common, corner of Park & Tremont St., 1880s?
Box 2#12.140
Boston Common, Old Elm, 1870s
Box 2#12.141
Boston Common & State House, from top of building near the corner of Boylston & Arlington Sts., 1920s
Box 2#12.142
Boston Common & State House from top of building near Park Square, 1930
Box 2#12.143
Boston Common, 1932

State House in background, United Boston Unemployment Relief Campaign sign in foreground.

Box 2#12.144
Boston Common, 1860s?

Photograph of "Apple Mary" selling fruits.

Box 2#12.145
Boston Common, panoramic view from atop State House, ca. 1873

Fenway

Box 2#12.146
View of the Fens, looking south from Beacon St., ca. 1905Taken by William T. Clark
Box 2#12.147
View of the Fens, Sears Building in background, 1930s?
Box 2#12.148
Fens, bridge, undated
Box 2#12.149
Fens, bridge, undated

Fire of 1872

Box 2#12.150
Ruins, Pearl Street from High Street, 1872Taken by Warren & Heald
Box 2#12.151
Ruins of Trinity Church, Summer St., 1872

Boston Harbor

Box 2#12.152
Boston & Maine docks, Navy Yard in the distance, 1910Taken by William T. Clark
Box 2#12.153
Commonwealth Pier, ca. 1915
Box 2#12.154
Commonwealth Pier, ca. 1915
Box 2#12.155
Boats at Fish Pier, Aug. 1932Taken by William T. Clark
Box 2#12.156
Unloading fish at the Fish Pier, Aug. 1932
Box 2#12.157
Unloading fish at the Fish Pier, Aug. 1932
Box 2#12.158
Administration Building, Fish Pier, 1920s
Box 2#12.159
Fish Pier, with ships 1920s
Box 2#12.160
Interior of Fish Pier Administration Building, 1920s
Box 2#12.161
Fish Pier, truck loading ice into ship, 1920s
Box 2#12.162
Boston Harbor, inspecting trawl lines, 1920s
Box 2#12.163
Boston Harbor, unloading & weighing fish, 1920s
Box 2#12.164
Boston Harbor, hopper used for delivering ice to ships, 1920s
Box 2#12.165
Fish Pier as seen from the Harbor,ca. 1915
Box 2#12.166
Narrows Light (Bug Light), Boston Harbor, ca. 1870sTaken by George W. Tirrell
Box 2#12.167
Japanese flagship Asama passing Coast Guard Station, East Boston, Sept. 1927
Box 2#12.168
Japanese flagship Asama and cruiser Iwate leaving Boston Harbor, Sept. 1927
Box 2#12.169
Unidentified yacht in Boston Harbor, ca. 1890s
Box 2#12.170
Ships in Boston Harbor, ca. 1890s
Box 2#12.171
Constructing the sea wall, Fish Pier, 1912
Box 2#12.172
Dry Dock 119, South Boston, 1917
Box 2#12.173
Old T Wharf, New Haven Docks, ca. 1917Two photos on one sheet
Box 2#12.174
Fore River Ship Building Co., ca. 1917?

Hospitals

Box 3#12.175
Boston City Hospital, 1880sTaken by Allen & Rowell
Box 3#12.176
Boston City Hospital, undated
Box 3#12.177
Boston City Hospital, 1880sTaken by Allen & Rowell
Box 3#12.178
Boston City Hospital, 1880sTaken by Allen & Rowell
Box 3#12.179
Boston City Hospital, interior, ward with patients and nurses, 1880sTaken by Allen & Rowell
Box 3#12.180
Boston Floating Hospital ambulance, ca. 1924
Box 3#12.181
Massachusetts General Hospital, horse drawn ambulance, 1890s?

Hotels

Box 3#12.182
Hotel Brunswick, 1880s
Box 3#12.183
Parker House, 1920sTaken by William T. Clark
Box 3#12.184
Quincy House, Brattle St., Feb. 1930
Box 3#12.185
Quincy House, Feb. 1930
Box 3#12.186
Quincy House, Feb. 1930
Box 3#12.187
Sun Tavern, Faneuil Hall Square, 1885
Box 3#12.188
Sun Tavern, 1885
Box 3#12.189
Sun Tavern, 1885
Box 3#12.190
Sun Tavern, 1885
Box 3#12.191
Sun Tavern, 1885
Box 3#12.192
Sun Tavern, 1885
Box 3#12.193
Tremont House, ca. 1891Taken by N. L. Stebbins
Box 3#12.194
Hotel Vendome, ca. 1890

Houses

Arranged by street name

Box 3#12.195
Beacon St., Hancock mansion, 1850sTaken by John Adams WhippleCrystalotype.
Box 3#12.196
Hancock mansion, ca. 1915Taken by William T. ClarkPhotograph of a drawing in the archives of the Old State House.
Box 3#12.197
Hancock mansion, ca. 1860

John Hancock's great-grandniece Elizabeth Moriarty is standing on the balcony.

Box 3#12.198
392 Beacon St., Stephen R. Niles house, 1887
Box 3#12.199a/b
Bedford Place, Judge Charles Jackson house, undated
Box 3#12.200
Charter St., Charter House, undated
Box 3#12.201
Charter St., Johnson-Singleton House, undated
Box 3#12.202
40 Chestnut St., doorway, 1920sTaken by Frank Cousins, Salem, Mass.
Box 3#12.203a/b
1 Exeter Place, Theodore Parker House, 1860sTaken by Black & Batchelder.

Interior, view of library.

Box 3#12.204
1 Franklin Place, Thomas Wigglesworth House, before 1858Copy photograph by George Brayton
Box 3#12.205
163 Marlborough St., Endicott House, ca. 1930s?Taken by George M. Cushing, Jr.

Interior, dining room.

Box 3#12.206
Endicott House, ca. 1930sTaken by George M. Cushing

Interior, sitting room.

Box 3#12.207
Endicott House, ca. 1930sTaken by George M. Cushing

Interior, hallway.

Box 3#12.208
North Square, Paul Revere House, ca. 1903
Box 3#12.209
Paul Revere House, mid 20th c.Taken by Leon Abdalian
Box 3#12.210
Otis St., Joshua Blake house, before 1898
Box 3#12.211
Otis St., Nathaniel Bowditch House, before 1898
Box 3#12.212
Pemberton Hill (Tremont St.), Gardiner Greene House, ca. 1920Taken by William T. ClarkPhotograph of a painting by Henry Cheever Pratt.
Box 3#12.213
37 Somerset St., Daniel Webster House, ca. 1885
Box 3#12.214
Summer St., corner of High St., Daniel Webster House, 1890s?
Box 3#12.215
Summer St. at Arch, John Tappan House, 1890s?
Box 3#12.216
32 Summer St., Edward Everett House, 1890s?
Box 3#12.217
Edward Everett House, 1890s?
Box 3#12.218
33 Summer St., Vassall/Gardner House, undated
Box 3#12.219
Vassall/Gardner House, undated
Box 3#12.220
Vassall/Gardner House, undated
Box 3#12.221
Vassall/Gardner House, undated
Box 3#12.222
Vassall/Gardner House, undated
Box 3#12.223
Tremont and Hollis Sts., Bradlee-Doggett House, ca. 1900

Monuments

Box 3#12.224
Samuel Adams monument, Washington St., 1875-1928
Box 3#12.225
John Boyle O'Reilly monument, ca. 1896?Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
Box 3#12.226
Robert Gould Shaw monument, ca. 1903
Box 3#12.227
Robert Gould Shaw monument, undated
Box 3#12.228
Soldiers & Sailors monument, Boston Common, ca. 1903
Box 3#12.229
Soldiers & Sailors monument, undated
Box 3#12.230
George Washington monument, Public Garden, ca. 1903
Box 3#12.231
George Washington monument, 1924
Box 3#12.232
George Washington monument, 1890s

Boston Public Garden

Box 3#12.233
Public Garden from Arlington St., 1890s
Box 3#12.234
Public Garden from 13 Arlington St., 1888Taken by F. H. Day
Box 3#12.235
Public Garden lagoon, 1860s?

Before construction of the bridge over the lagoon.

Box 3#12.236
Public Garden after a snowfall, March 1934
Box 3#12.237
Public Garden after a snowfall, March 1934
Box 3#12.238
Public Garden after a snowfall, March 1934
Box 3#12.239
Public Garden bridge, 1870s
Box 3#12.240
Public Garden looking toward Arlington St., 1870s?
Box 3#12.241
Public Garden from roof of Providence Railroad Station, 1870s?
Box 3#12.242
Public Garden, 1870s?
Box 3#12.243
Public Garden, from Arlington St., 1890s?
Box 3#12.244
Public Garden from corner of Arlington and Boylston, 1890s
Box 3#12.245
Public Garden, from rooftop near Boylston & Arlington, 1920s?
Box 3#12.246
Public Garden, 1930s?

Photograph of children on a sled posed in front of the Washington equestrian statue.

Box 3#12.247
Public Garden swan boats, 1930s?
Box 3#12.248
Public Garden swan boats, 1930s?
Box 3#12.249
Public Garden swan boats, 1930s?
Box 3#12.242
Public Garden, 1870s?
Box 3#12.250
Public Garden swan boats, 1940s?
Box 3#12.251
Public Garden swan boats, 1940s?
Box 3#12.252
Public Garden swan boats, 1963Color snapshot.

Railroads

Box 4#12.253
Boston & Maine RR engine house and machine shop, 1930sTaken by Willoughby, commercial photographer, Boston
Box 4#12.254
Boston & Maine RR station, Haymarket Square, 1890s
Box 4#12.255
Boston & Providence RR station, Park Square, ca. 1905Taken by William T. Clark
Box 4#12.256
Boston & Providence RR station, Park Square, ca. 1909Taken by William T. Clark

Showing ruins of station after fire in 1909.

Box 4#12.257
Site of Boston & Providence RR station, Park Square, ca. 1910Taken by William T. Clark
Box 4#12.258
Boston & Providence RR station, Park Square, ca. 1910Taken by William T. Clark
Box 4#12.259
Boston & Providence RR station, Park Square, 1870s
Box 4#12.260
New York, New Haven & Hartford RR, Back Bay Station, 1930s
Box 4#12.261
Interior, New York, New Haven & Hartford RR, Back Bay Station, 1930sTaken by Willoughby, commercial photographer, Boston

Schools

Box 4#12.262
Girls High & Normal School, West Newton St., 1870s

Street Railways

Box 4#12.263
Last horse-drawn car in Boston, Dec. 1900
Box 4#12.264
Last horse-drawn car, Dartmouth St., 1900
Box 4#12.265
Boylston St. subway tunnel entrance, 1930s
Box 4#12.266
Causeway St., Franklin Park car 1920s
Box 4#12.267
Streetcar at Dorchester Station, 1920s
Box 4#12.268
Egleston Square streetcar, one of the earliest electric cars, ca. 1891Taken by William T. Clark
Box 4#12.269
Streetcar exiting tunnel near Boylston St., 1930s
Box 4#12.270
Streetcar exiting tunnel near Boylston St., 1913
Box 4#12.271
Elevated tracks near North Station, 1929
Box 4#12.272
Elevated tracks near North Station, 1929

Streets

Box 4#12.273
Beacon St., Feb. 1930
Box 4#12.274
Beacon St., Feb. 1930
Box 4#12.275
Beacon St., Feb. 1930
Box 4#12.276
Boylston St. at Clarendon, 1870s
Box 4#12.277
Commonwealth Ave. at Dartmouth St., 1875
Box 4#12.278
Commonwealth Ave., 1880s
Box 4#12.279
Chauncey Place, looking toward Summer St., 1890s
Box 4#12.280
Chauncey St., 1870s?
Box 4#12.281
Copley Square, 1893

Showing a parade.

Box 4#12.282
Copley Square, 1910sTaken by Baldwin Coolidge
Box 4#12.283
63 Court St., corner of Cornhill, 1898-1913
Box 4#12.284
Court St., 1890s
Box 4#12.285
Court St., looking east from Scollay Square, 1860
Box 4#12.286
Cross St., 1920s
Box 4#12.287
Faneuil Hall Square at North St., 1920s
Box 4#12.288
Franklin St., ca. 1855
Box 4#12.289
Franklin St., ca. 1851Copy photograph by George Brayton
Box 4#12.290
463 Franklin St.,1870sPublished by Bierstadt Brothers, New Bedford, Mass.
Box 4#12.291
Hanover St., 1933
Box 4#12.292
Hanover St., Feb. 1930
Box 4#12.293
Haymarket Square, ca. 1900Taken by William T. Clark
Box 4#12.294
Hemenway and Boylston Sts., Aug. 1901Taken by Charles Stearns
Box 4#12.295
Hull St., May 1929
Box 4#12.296
Kenmore Square, 1940s
Box 4#12.297
Louisburg Square, Columbus Statue, May 1891
Box 4#12.298
Otis Place, looking north, before 1898
Box 4#12.299
Otis St., showing Joshua Blake House, 1890s
Box 4#12.300a/b
Park Street after a snowfall, 1860sTaken by John P. SouleSmall black and white snapshots.
Box 4#12.301
Pinckney St., 1930s?
Box 4#12.302
Scollay Square, with horse-drawn streetcar, 1880s/
Box 4#12.303
State St., ca. 1865
Box 4#12.304
Stuart St. from Bradford Hotel, 1930
Box 4#12.305
Summer St., looking east, before 1898
Box 4#12.306
Tremont St., looking south from Boylston, 1930
Box 4#12.307
Tremont St., looking south from Union Park, May 1931
Box 4#12.308
Tremont St. from top of State House dome, 1924
Box 4#12.309
Tremont St., looking towards Park St., 1920s?
Box 4#12.310
Tremont St. from State House dome, 1924
Box 4#12.311
Tremont St., looking towards downtown, May 1931
Box 4#12.312
Tremont St., May 1931
Box 4#12.313
Tremont St., May 1931
Box 4#12.314
Tremont St., Court House (Old Masonic Temple), 1870s
Box 4#12.315
Tremont St., looking south from the Tremont House, 1869
Box 4#12.316
Tremont St., 1860s?
Box 4#12.317
Tremont St., at Granary Burial Ground, 1880s?
Box 4#12.318
Tremont St., 1890s
Box 4#12.319
Tremont St., 1868
Box 4#12.320
Washington St., 1943

Showing Keith's RKO Theatre, R.H. White Co. and other businesses.

Box 4#12.321
Washington St., Aug. 1895Taken by Charles G. Fisher

Showing Saint John's Commandery No. 4, Knights Templar parading down Washington St.

Box 4#12.322
Winthrop Square, looking south from Franklin St., 1864

Views

Box 4#12.323
Aerial view of Boston, ca. 1923
Box 4#12.324
Aerial view of Boston, 1922
Box 4#12.325
View of Boston, from the State House, ca. 1875
Box 4#12.326a/b
Aerial view of Boston, 1923
Box 4#12.327
View of Boston, looking towards State House, from Custom House Tower, 1923
Box 4#12.328
Site of the Boston Massacre, undated
Box 4#12.329a/b
View of Boston from Custom House Tower, looking towards Boston Garden, Oct. 1928
Box 4#12.330
View from Custom House tower looking towards Navy Yard and North End, 1914
Box 4#12.331
Custom House from T-Wharf, August 1930
Box 4#12.332
View of wharves from Custom House Tower, May 1924
Box 4#12.333
View of the North End from the roof of the North Station Hotel, March 1930
Box 4#12.334
View of Boston, looking toward the North End, ca. 1929
Box 4#12.335
View of the North End from the roof of the North Station Hotel, March 1930
Box 4#12.336
View from the United Shoe Machinery building, looking towards the South End, July 1929
Box 4#12.337
View of Boston, looking north from Dover & Washington St., 1927
Box 4#12.338
View of building rooftops in downtown Boston, Old City Hall in foreground, Custom House tower in background, 1920s
Box 4#12.339
View of Boston, looking toward Custom House and United Shoe Machinery building, from Stuart St. & Harrison Ave., Jan. 1930
Box 4#12.340
View of Boston, looking toward Custom House Tower, from top of United Shoe Machinery building, Aug. 1929
Box 4#12.341
View of Boston, looking towards Harbor, 1931 or 1932Taken by Winston H. Pote
Box 4#12.342
View of Boston, from Pemberton Square, undatedPhotograph of a painting by Robert Salmon.
Box 4#12.343
View of Commonwealth Ave., near Fairfield St., ca. 1920Taken by Baldwin Coolidge

Oversize Boston photographs

Buildings

O.S. Box 1#12.344
Ames Building, Court St., ca. 1920
O.S. Box 1#12.345a/b
Boston Museum, Tremont St., interiors, ca. 1904Two photographs on one sheet
O.S. Box 1#12.346
Boston Public Library, ca. 1890Taken by N. L. Stebbins
O.S. Box 1#12.347-12.350
Boston Public Library, undated

An unidentified statue of a man on front steps.

O.S. Box 1#12.351-12.354
Exchange Building, State St., ca. 1900
O.S. Box 1#12.355
Faneuil Hall, 1963

Section drawing of interior.

O.S. Box 1#12.356
Home for Aged Colored Women, ca. 1920?Taken by Edward Upton Gleason
O.S. Box 1#12.357
[Photo. removed to MHS Archives] Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., 1991Taken by David Bohl.
O.S. Box 1#12.358
Horticultural Hall, Tremont St., 1880
O.S. Box 1#12.359
Merchants Exchange, State St., ca. 1900Photograph of a print
O.S. Box 1#12.360
Merchants National Bank, State St., ca. 1890
O.S. Box 1#12.361
Old City Hall, School St., ca. 1860s
O.S. Box 1#12.362
Old City Hall, School St., ca. 1863
O.S. Box 1#12.363
Old Feather Store, Union & North Streets, ca. 1860
O.S. Box 1#12.364
Old State House, ca. 1900Copy of a print by S. Hill, taken by A. H. Folsom.
O.S. Box 1#12.365-12.378
Paine Furniture Building, Arlington St., 1913Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 1#12.379
Rice-Kendall Building, 91 Federal St. , 1879 or 1880

Showing damage from fire on Dec. 28, 1879.

O.S. Box 1#12.380
George E. Richardson & Co., Corn & Market Sts., ca. 1890s?
O.S. Box 1#12.381-12.390
Salada Tea Co., Berkeley St., 1916Taken by Baldwin Coolidge.
O.S. Box 1#12.391
Massachusetts State House, Beacon St., Aug. 11-18. 1890
O.S. Box 1#12.392
Massachusetts State House, undated
O.S. Box 1#12.393
Massachusetts State House, 1860s or 1870s

Showing a large crowd in front of the State House.

O.S. Box 1#12.394-12.398
Massachusetts State House, undated

Showing the building undergoing foundation work.

O.S. Box 1#12.399
Massachusetts State House, ca. 1917
O.S. Box 1#12.400
Massachusetts State House,ca. 1917

Architectural model.

O.S. Box 1#12.401
Massachusetts State House, 1903

Showing crowd at the dedication of the Hooker monument.

O.S. Box 1#12.402
Massachusetts State House from Tremont St., ca. 1930
O.S. Box 1#12.403
Suffolk Savings Bank building, Tremont St., 1868
O.S. Box 1#12.404
Tontine Crescent, Franklin St. at Arch., 1895Taken by J. A. WhippleSalt print.
O.S. Box 1#12.405
Union Building, State and Congress Sts., ca. 1890Taken by A. H. Folsom
O.S. Box 1#12.406
United States Courthouse, Pemberton Square, undatedTaken by N. L. Stebbins

Interior.

Churches

O.S. Box 2#12.407a/b
Arlington Street Church, 1862
O.S. Box 2#12.408
Christ Church (Old North), ca. 1920Taken by William T. Clark

Interior.

O.S. Box 2#12.409
Church in Brattle Square, interior, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.410
Federal Street Church, ca. 1860
O.S. Box 2#12.411/b
First Church, Chauncey St., 1860s
O.S. Box 2#12.412
First Church, Berkeley St., 1880
O.S. Box 2#12.413
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1911Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 2#12.414
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1911Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 2#12.415
King's Chapel, interior, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.416
King's Chapel, interior, ca. 1900Taken by William T. Clark
O.S. Box 2#12.417
New South Church, Summer at Bedford St. undated
O.S. Box 2#12.418
New South Church, Summer at Bedford St. undatedCopy photograph by George M. Brayton
O.S. Box 2#12.419
New South Church, Summer at Bedford St. undated

Old North Church

See Christ Church (Old North)

O.S. Box 2#12.420
Old South Meeting House, interior, ca. 1920Taken by William T. Clark
O.S. Box 2#12.421
Old South Meeting House, ca. 1930
O.S. Box 2#12.422
Second Church, interior ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 2#12.423
Second Church Chapel, interior, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 2#12.424
South Congregational Church, Exeter & Newbury St., undated
O.S. Box 2#12.425
Trinity Church, Copley Square, after 1872

Showing the church under construction.

O.S. Box 2#12.426
Trinity Church, Summer St., before 1872
O.S. Box 2#12.427
West Church, undated

Interior.

O.S. Box 2#12.428
West Church, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.429
West Church, undated

Interior.

O.S. Box 2#12.430
West Church, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.431
West Church, undated

Interior, showing the organ.

Boston Common

O.S. Box 2#12.432
Boston Common after a snowfall, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.433
Boston Common, 1919

Showing a captive U.S. Army balloon.

Fire of 1872

O.S. Box 2#12.434
Ruins, showing Fort Hill Square, 1872Carbon print
O.S. Box 2#12.435
Ruins, showing Milk St., 1872Carbon print
O.S. Box 2#12.436
Ruins of the Great Fire ... Panoramic view from Washington St., 1872Taken by John P. Soule
O.S. Box 2#12.437
Ruins of the Great Fire ... Panoramic view from Washington St., 1872Taken by John P. Soule

Boston Harbor

O.S. Box 2#12.438
Simpson's Dry Dock, East Boston, ca. 1924
O.S. Box 2#12.439
Simpson's Dry Dock, July 20, 1920Taken by Geo. E. Lawrence Co.

Interior.

O.S. Box 2#12.440
Simpson's Dry Dock Co., ca. 1920

Trucks.

O.S. Box 2#12.441
View of Castle William, ca. 1883Photograph of manuscript plan.
O.S. Box 2#12.442
View of Castle William, ca. 1883Photograph of manuscript plan.
O.S. Box 2#12.443
View of Castle William, ca. 1883Photograph of manuscript plan.
O.S. Box 2#12.444
USS Constitution in drydock, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.445
USS Constitution, in drydock, undated
O.S. Box 2#12.446
USS Constitution, in drydock, undated

Hospitals

O.S. Box 2#12.447
Boston City Hospital, Harrison Ave., ca. 1863
O.S. Box 2#12.448
Boston City Hospital, 1886

Interior showing the operating theatre, with operation underway.

Hotels

O.S. Box 2#12.449
King's Head Tavern, North End, before 1870

Houses

Arranged by street name

O.S. Box 3#12.450
Beacon St., Julian Lowell Coolidge House, 1870s
O.S. Box 3#12.451
Beacon St., John Hancock mansion, 1860sEnlargement.
O.S. Box 3#12.452
Beacon St., Hancock mansion after a snowstorm, ca. 1860Taken by J. J. Hawes
O.S. Box 3#12.453
Beacon St., Hancock mansion, 1860s
O.S. Box 3#12.454
Beacon St., Hancock mansion, 1860s
O.S. Box 3#12.455
Beacon St., Hancock mansion, 1860s
O.S. Box 3#12.456
Beacon St., Hancock mansion after snowfall, 1860s
O.S. Box 3#12.457
Bowdoin Square, Kirk Boott House, undated
O.S. Box 3#12.458
Bowdoin Square, Kirk Boott House, 1870s
O.S. Box 3#12.459
Boylston St., Winslow Lewis House, 1861
O.S. Box 3#12.460
Cambridge St. at Staniford St., Dr. George C. Shattuck House, 1919
O.S. Box 3#12.461
110 Charles St., John A. Andrew's study, 1860s
O.S. Box 3#12.462
74 Chestnut St., Thomas Frothingham House, 1928

Interior.

O.S. Box 3#12.463
Congress St., James Dalton House, undatedPhotograph of a print or painting.
O.S. Box 3#12.464
Harrison Ave. at Harvard St., Timothy Tileston House, 1861
O.S. Box 3#12.465
49 Mount Vernon St., Lemuel Shaw House, 1919
O.S. Box 3#12.466
Park St. at Beacon St., Amory-Ticknor House, 1920sTaken by George Brayton
O.S. Box 3#12.467
Park St. at Beacon St., Amory-Ticknor House, interior 1920sTaken by George Brayton
O.S. Box 3#12.468
Park St. at Beacon St., Amory-Ticknor House, doorway 1920sTaken by George Brayton
O.S. Box 3#12.469
Shawmut Ave., Guild family homes, ca. 1872
O.S. Box 3#12.470
13 Somerset St., Hannah Lamb house, undated

Interior.

O.S. Box 3#12.471
Summer St. at Otis St., Edward Everett house, ca. 1870sCopy photograph by George Brayton
O.S. Box 3#12.472
Tremont St. at Boylston St., Joseph Head, undatedPhotograph of a painting or drawing.
O.S. Box 3#12.473
Warren St., Roxbury, John Collins Warren house, 1901
O.S. Box 3#12.474
Washington St., Samuel May and Amasa Davis Houses, ca. 1853Chrystallotype
O.S. Box 3#12.475
Washington St., Province House, 1930s?Photograph of a watercolor by Harold Dunbar
O.S. Box 3#12.476
White St., East Boston, Donald McKay house, undatedTaken by Harris W. Reynolds.
O.S. Box 3#12.477
White St., East Boston, Donald McKay house, interior, undatedTaken by Harris W. Reynolds.

Monuments

O.S. Box 3#12.478
Drawing for proposed Soldiers and Sailors Monument by Hammatt Buillings, ca. 1867
O.S. Box 3#12.479
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, dedication, 1897

Monument in the background, with 54th Regiment veterans marching past.

O.S. Box 3#12.480
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial,1897Taken by Curtis Cameron.Signed in ink by Augustus St. Gaudens.
O.S. Box 3#12.481 a-d
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial,1984?Four color snapshots taken by an unidentified photographer
O.S. Box 3#12.482
Boston Massacre bas relief,undated

Boston Public Garden

O.S. Box 3#12.483
Public Garden, from corner of Beacon and Charles Sts., 1870s?
O.S. Box 3#12.484
Public Garden, from Arlington St.,undatedVery blurry image.
O.S. Box 3#12.485
Public Garden, bridge over the lagoon, August 1867

Streets

O.S. Box 4#12.486
Atlantic Ave., flood of Dec. 26, 1909, 1909
O.S. Box 4#12.487
595 Beacon St., white poplar tree, 1905Taken by Norman L. S. Sheehan
O.S. Box 4#12.488
Beacon St. in 1820, undatedPhotograph of a drawing or watercolor
O.S. Box 4#12.489
Blagden St., west side, ca. 1921Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 4#12.490-12.492
Central Court, excavation site, undated
O.S. Box 4#12.493
Chauncy Place, looking toward Summer St., undated
O.S. Box 4#12.494
Columbia St. at Essex St., ca. 1919Taken by Baldwin Coolidge
O.S. Box 4#12.495
Commercial St. at Clark St., undated
O.S. Box 4#12.496
Commercial St., looking toward wharf, undated
O.S. Box 4#12.497
Commercial St., undatedMatted with 12.498
O.S. Box 4#12.498
North St., undatedMatted with 12.497
O.S. Box 4#12.499
Fort Hill, undated
O.S. Box 4#12.500
Franklin St., 1855
O.S. Box 4#12.501
27-35 Milk St., 1860s
O.S. Box 4#12.502
North Bennett St., ca. 1871
O.S. Box 4#12.503
North Bennett St., ca. 1871
O.S. Box 4#12.504
North Bennett St., ca. 1871
O.S. Box 4#12.505
Park St., looking toward State House, 1860sPhotograph is torn.
O.S. Box 4#12.506
Park St., from State House, 1858
O.S. Box 4#12.507
Scollay Square, 1880s
O.S. Box 4#12.508
37 Somerset St., 1885
O.S. Box 4#12.509
13-15 Spring Lane, ca. 1900
O.S. Box 4#12.510
Staniford St., April 1919
O.S. Box 4#12.511
State St., undatedTaken by A. H. Folsom
O.S. Box 4#12.512
Tremont St. at Boylston, ca. 1800, undatedTaken by A. H. Folsom
O.S. Box 4#12.513
Tremont St. at Temple Place, ca. 1860
O.S. Box 4#12.514
Tremont St. from King's Chapel, 1851
O.S. Box 4#12.515
Tremont St., lookng towards Beacon St., ca. 1900Taken by William T. Clark
O.S. Box 4#12.516
Tremont and Boylston Streets in 1800, 1866Taken by John A. Whipple
O.S. Box 4#12.517
Washington Square, Fort Hill, ca. 1855
O.S. Box 4#12.518
Washington St. and entrance to Central Court, undated
O.S. Box 4#12.519
Washington St. and entrance to Central Court, undated
O.S. Box 4#12.520
Washington St. at Court St., 1869

Views

O.S. Box 5#12.521
Back Bay, 1869
O.S. Box 5#12.522a-c
Back Bay and Mill Dam, taken from roof of a house on Joy St., ca. 1860
O.S. Box 5#12.523
View from the State House, looking south east, ca. 1875-1880
O.S. Box 5#12.524
View of Boston from Sachem's Brook Quincy, undatedPhotograph of a drawing by Eliza Susan Quincy
O.S. Box 5#12.525
View of Boston from Col. Hatch's House on the road to Dorchester undatedPhotograph of a drawing.
O.S. Box 5#12.526
View of the country round Boston, undatedPhotograph of a drawing.
O.S. Box 5#12.527
View [of Castle William] from Dorchester Neck and Charlestown ca. 1883Photograph of a drawing.
O.S. Box 5#12.528
View of Boston from Brookline reservoir, undatedPhotograph of an 1851 painting signed W.S.A.
O.S. Box 5#12.529
Location of the new park near Ladies Charity Club Hospital, ca. 1921?
O.S. Box 5#12.530
Women walking along unidentified Boston street, 1927
O.S. Box 5#12.531
Women walking along unidentified Boston street, 1927
O.S. Box 5#12.532
People walking along Boston Common, State House in background, 1927
O.S. Box 5#12.533
People walking along Boston Common, State House in background, 1927
O.S. Box 5#12.534
Women walking along Boston Common, 1927
O.S. Box 5#12.535
Women walking along unidentified street, 1927

Preferred Citation

Photographic views of Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society photo archives.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Brayton, George, photographer.
Clark, William T., photographer.
Coolidge, Baldwin, photographer.
Folsom, Augustine H., photographer.
Soule, John P., photographer.
Whipple, John Adams, 1822-1891, photographer.

Organizations:

Boston City Hospital--Photographs.

Subjects:

Buildings--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Church Buildings--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Dwellings--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Great fire, Boston, Mass., 1872--Photographs.
Monuments--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Railroads--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Street railroads--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Streets--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Wharves--Massachusetts--Boston--Photographs.
Boston Common (Boston, Mass.)--Photographs.
Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Photographs.
Public Garden (Boston, Mass.)--Photographs.