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Cambridge City Engineer Records

 Collection
Identifier: CHC066

Collection Description

This collection consists of an assortment of books and one rolled item from the Cambridge Office of the City Engineer. The books cover a period from about 1860 to 1908. Examples of the content in the books are plot drawings, measurements, transcribed land deeds and abstracts, field notes, newspaper clippings, mathematical calculations, and copied legal documents. Many of the books do not name their creators. Identified creators include Ernest Girard, E.F. Bowker, and L.M. Hastings. Hasting’s work is a scrapbook of newspaper articles, making it an outlier in the collection. Cambridge neighborhoods mentioned, but not limited to, are the Washington Street district and the Franklin Street district.

The storage location of the tube containing “Streets and Public Buildings” is currently unknown.

Dates

  • ca. 1860s-1914

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Access

Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

The storage location of the tube containing “Streets and Public Buildings” is currently unknown.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Extent

1 tube

1 box

Abstract

This collection consists of an assortment of books and one rolled item from the Cambridge Office of the City Engineer. The books cover a period from about 1860 to 1908. Examples of the content in the books are plot drawings, measurements, transcribed land deeds and abstracts, field notes, newspaper clippings, mathematical calculations, and copied legal documents.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by item.

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site

Provenance

Transferred from George Stylianopoulus, Department of Public Works. Unknown year but likely 2000-2001.

Related Materials

Some Engineers’ Field Books have been digitized and are available in the CHC shared drive. Please inquire with the CHC archivist.

For more on E.F. (Edward Freeman) Bowker, see Edwin Freeman Bowker Collection (CHC030).

For records of the Engineering Department containing specific water works and non-waterworks documents from 1793 to 1957, see Cambridge Engineering Department Collection (CHC007). Finding aid

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Maeve Strucker, February 2001.

Processing and finding aid by Brittany Fox, June 2020.

Encoded by: Brittany Fox, September 2020.
Title
Inventory of the Cambridge City Engineer Records, ca. 1860s-1914
Author
Initial inventory by Maeve Strucker, February 2001. Processing and finding aid by Brittany Fox, June 2020. Machine-readable finding aid by: Brittany Fox, September 2020.
Description rules
Finding Aid Was Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

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