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Montgomery, Laura L. : Vanishing Boston, An Exhibit, 1983


1 oversize file box


This exhibit was given to the University of Massachusetts at Boston Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library by Laura L. Montgomery.


Before Laura L. Montgomery graduated from UMass/Boston in 1984, she served as associate photography editor for the Mass Media, and Arts and Photography Editor for Wavelength, two student publications. A resume, including a list of her exhibits and other art work, appears in the first folder of the collection.


Montgomery took the photographs for Vanishing Boston: An Exhibit Documenting Urban Change, Loss, and Past, between 1980 and 1982. The exhibit appeared in the Healey Library Gallery in 1983. The exhibit was organized in four sections: Hotel Demolition; The Dead and Dying Mercantile and Professional Businesses, Washington Street, Boston; An Industrial Portrait; and Victorian Remains, Boston's Elevated Railway, the Orange Line.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 62 of the 64 matted black and white photographs that comprised the exhibit Vanishing Boston, the exhibit titles, lists of captions, and Laura L. Montgomery's resume. The photographs document a number of Boston's industrial buildings on Washington Street, many of which may no longer exist, and the elevated section of the Orange Line, which was torn down in the early 1990s.