This guide is a starting point for anyone interested in urban atlases of Boston, which provide detailed, building-level historical information about the city. This guide is focused on atlases of Boston and the inner suburbs. For atlases of other Massachusetts towns, see the Massachusetts Towns guide.
Where to Find Information
The easiest way to search for atlases is by using our tool, Atlascope.
If you prefer a list of citations, under the "List" tab, you will find all of our holdings, by neighborhood and in chronological order, with citation information. If you only have a street address and do not know the geographic location, check the street indexes in the atlases.
Under the "Publishers" tab, you will find information about major publishers and the types of features shown in their atlases, such as building material or property owners.