Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Architecture Index Card Collection: Frequently Referenced Resources

A Guide to Searching the Architecture Index Cards in the Arts Department

How Do I Find This?

Index cards often reference published sources within the Library's collection or to uncataloged special collections within the Arts Department. These are the most frequently cited sources that can require further assistance from an Arts librarian or curator (ask@bpl.org).

The Boston Globe or “BG”

Specific articles cited on cards can be located here:

A Half Century of Boston’s Building by Charles S. Damrell

A heavily cited published resource that can be requested for in-library use only through the Central Library’s Delivery Desk on the Second Floor of the McKim Building. Contains information on building construction, the enactment of building laws and ordinances, sanitary laws, and fire losses, and is considered one of the most vital resources covering Boston’s urban landscape.

Unmounted Boston File

Refers to loose photographs arranged by address or building name. These photographs (mostly newspaper reproductions were gathered by Arts Librarians and are serviced through the Arts Department. Contact an Arts librarian who can pull this material for you to view by appointment if it is accessible.

Boston Picture File

Refers to mounted historic photographs arranged by address or building name. These photographs (mostly newspaper reproductions were gathered by Arts Librarians and are serviced through the Arts Department. Contact an Arts librarian who can pull this material for you to view by appointment if it is accessible.