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Remote Reference and Research Services:
Atlas of the Boundaries of the City of Boston, Suffolk County and Town of Brookline, Norfolk County
Origins and Growth of Boston - describes land grants, boundaries and annexations
Boston annexed neighboring municipalities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Neighborhoods are smaller geographic communities within which people and places are perceived as having shared social, historical, and cultural characteristics. While the city has official maps of neighborhoods, boundaries tend to be subjective. Neighborhoods do not have official or administrative purposes.
Shows the areas that people think of as neighborhoods
Boston neighborhood maps
A comprehensive set of maps on the census geography (census tracts, block groups) of Boston and its neighborhood with clear delineation of census boundaries.
Official maps from the Boston Planning and Development Agency
Wards are administrative divisions within a city for purposes such as voting or public services. They do not correspond to neighborhoods.
|1715||Distribution of the Town of Boston Into Wards, 1713-1715||1728 - Reproduction of Burgiss map of Boston, 1728|
|1735||Boston Town Records, 1735||1743 - A new plan of ye great town of Boston in New England in America|
|1805||Report to the committee of the City Council, 1845||1816 - Map of Boston in the state of Massachusetts|
|1822||A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908||
1826 - Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge
|1838||A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908||1839 - A new & complete map of the city of Boston, with part of Charlestown, Cambridge & Roxbury|
|1850||A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908||
1851 - Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge
1852 - New map of Boston, comprising the whole city, with the new boundaries of the wards
|1865||A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908||1867 - Plan of Boston|
|1868||Roxbury annexed and added as wards 13-15||1869 - Plan of Boston, with additions and corrections|
|1870||Dorchester annexed and added as ward 16||1872 - Map of Boston from the latest surveys|
|1873||Brighton, Charlestown, and West Roxbury annexed and added as wards 17-22||
1874 - Map of the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea, and the town of Brookline with parts of Newton, Malden and Everett
|1875||A catalogue of the city councils of Boston, 1822-1908||
1875 - Map of Boston showing proposed new division of wards Oct. 1875
|1876||Municipal register, 1876
||1882 - Map of Boston, for 1882|
|1885||Municipal register, 1886||1886 - Map of Boston showing new division of wards|
|1886||Municipal register, 1887
||1887 - Map of the city of Boston and vicinity|
|1895||Municipal register, 1896||
1895 - Map of the city of Boston and vicinity
1896 - An outline map of Boston showing the old & new ward lines, also the old congressional lines
|1912||Municipal register 1912
||1912 - Outline and index map of Ward 26|
|1914||Municipal register, 1914||
1916 - Ward Lines and Voting Precincts
Wards are outlined in the index map in urban atlases of neighborhoods. Wards are differentiated by color and labeled with a black number.
|1924||Municipal register, 1925||1927 - Boston and surroundings|
1945 - [Ward Lines and Voting Precincts]
|Current||Boston Planning and Development Agency website|
Precincts are smaller administrative divisions within wards. Precinct boundaries changed more often than ward boundaries and were changed in sections rather than city-wide.
Division of Wards Into Voting Precincts (various years 1895-1921)
Municipal Register - precinct descriptions from 1879 to 1918. Use index at back to look up Precincts, boundaries of or Wards, precinct lines
Boston Street Lists (various 1880-1976) - lists wards and precincts of streets
Report of Special Committee on New Division of the Wards of the City Into Voting Precincts, as Amended and Passed 1889