A number of reclamation projects and improvements to harbors took place in the latter half of the 19 th century in Massachusetts. Among these, the Back Bay was filled in, South Boston Flats was developed and dredging work was done in Boston Harbor. During this time, several state commissions, including the Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners, oversaw the work. These commissions also supervised the sale of public lands, approved the structures built in tidewaters and documented boundary demarcations between cities and towns.

This collection includes maps and documents related to this work, as well as atlases produced by the Massachusetts Board of Land and Harbor Commissioners showing boundaries between the state's towns and cities.

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This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


This information is provided by The State Library of Massachusetts.