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Boston Neighborhood Studies Collection, 1959-1988
Quantity1 file box, 1 half file box
These Boston Neighborhood Studies were collected by University of Massachusetts at Boston Library staff; many were removed from the Archives and Special Collections Department's Dorchester Area Vertical File.
Scope and Content
Most of these neighborhood studies are reports prepared for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA); some are brochures, booklets, or proposals published by the City of Boston or the Boston Landmark Commission; one is a proposal by a potential developer (including photographs); and one is an exhibit catalog published by the Bostonian Society and the South End Historical Society. The studies cover, in varying detail, the history of particular Boston neighborhoods or "subneighborhoods," issues that citizens and, presumably, contractors should consider in planning future development, living and social conditions, and some demographic analysis. Some publications include photographs, most of the studies include maps.
The collection is divided into three series: I. Dorchester, II. Other neighborhoods, and III. Boston. In addition to material documenting large sections of Dorchester, Series I includes the following "subneighborhoods": Ashmont Hill, Clam Point (Harrison Square), Columbia Point, Fields Corner, Franklin Field, Franklin Park, Lower Mills, Matappan, Upham's Corner, and Mt. Bowdoin - Codman Area. Series III consists of studies that cover several neighborhoods or all of the city.