Boston Water Works Collection of Photographic Materials, 1895-1919, 1965-1990
Boston Water Works
Vogel, Robert M
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Smithsonian Institution Office of Imaging and Photographic Services
1.6 cu. ft. : 5 boxes
Cyanotypes: 877 prints
Silver gelatin prints: 128 prints
Municipal water utility for the city of Boston first established in 1846. On the advice of a New York engineer they built the Cochituate Reservoir 15 miles west of the city in Natick. The Metropolitan Water District was established in 1895 to meet the needs of Boston and surrounding cities and towns.
Captioned photoprints from glass negatives and other original photographs, depicting work at various installations of the Boston Water Works. Some subjects include water mains, pumping stations, dams, tunnels and work crews. Description from Massachusetts Metropolitan Water Works Photograph Collection finding aid, Massachusetts Collections Online: "The Massachusetts Metropolitan Water Works (MWW) Photograph Collection documents the construction of the Boston metropolitan water supply as it expanded westward between 1876 and 1925. Over 8,000 carefully labeled photographs were taken of each phase of the construction, from real estate takings through completion, by staff photographers and engineers. The collection includes various photographic formats, including dry plate glass negatives, glass lantern slides, and photographic prints. Construction of dams, reservoirs, aqueducts, pipelines, standpipes and many architecturally significant pumping stations and gatehouses are represented, spreading across about 50 Massachusetts cities, towns, and Boston neighborhood districts. Noted facilities include the Wachusett Reservoir, Wachusett Dam, and Wachusett Aqueduct."
Sean M. Fisher, Archivist, DCR Archives, Office of Cultrual Resources, Bureau of Planning and Resource Protection, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, "History of the Metropolitan Water Works 7600 Series of Dry Plate Negatives," Nov. 2008, 5 pp. Copy in Archives Center collection control file
Boston Water Works Collection, 1896-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History