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Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission: Quabbin Reservoir real estate photographs

Scope and Content: The Metropolitan Water Supply Commission was created for the purpose of extending and increasing the water supply to the Massachusetts metropolitan water system (St 1926, c 375).  The commission was authorized to take property in the watersheds of the Swift and Ware rivers to develop the Swift River Reservoir, renamed Quabbin Reservoir, Oct. 1932.  Preparation for construction of the reservoir involved the purchase of real estate and the removal or destruction of houses, barns, stores, mills, and other commercial properties.  Photographs provide evidence of the structures and surrounding areas used in settling claims
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