Massachusetts Archives


Photographs of Massachusetts boundary markers [Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners of Massachusetts]

Part of: Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners of Massachusetts

Photographs of Massachusetts boundary markers, 1898-1914.

ca. 2350 photographs ; in 94 boxes; ca. 245 photographs : in 27 boxes (glass photonegative)
Call no.: EN3.03/674X

Scope and Content: To establish accurate Massachusetts town boundaries, beginning in 1885 the Topographical Survey Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (but replaced in this function in 1901 by the Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners) sent out field teams to set monuments marking or re-marking angles and corners of town boundary lines in a uniform system.  These photographs were made by the survey teams to supplement written descriptions and computations of the geographic positions of the markers.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by locality
Notes: Found by the Public Information Office of the Dept. of Public Works in a bridge abutment in Peabody.  The bulk of the collection had been destroyed
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