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MS Am 2205

Lowell, Georgina, collector. Georgiana Lowell collection of stereographs of the Boston fire of 1872: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2205
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, Georgina, collector.
Title: Georgiana Lowell collection of stereographs of the Boston fire of 1872,
Date(s): 1872.
Date(s): 1872
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Stereographs of the "Great Boston Fire of 1872." Photographs taken by four different Boston-area photographic firms.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Georgina Lowell; received: 1924 May 6.
Recataloged from US 13178.1*

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Georgiana Lowell Collection of Stereographs of the Boston Fire of 1872 (MS Am 2205). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The "Great Boston Fire of 1872" (November 9th and 10th) destroyed 775 buildings and caused millions of dollars in damage to the commercial section that we now know as Boston's business district. The fire started in an empty hoop-skirt factory on the corner of Summer and Kinsgton Streets and quickly spread to other areas of the city, including engulfing Old Trinity Church.


Organized by photographer into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The photographs in this collection of 53 stereographs were taken by the following Boston-area photographers: John S. Moulton and Joshua W. Moulton of J.W. & J.S. Moulton of Salem, Mass., Asa Cheney Partridge of A.C. Partridge of Boston, Horatio G. Smith of H.G. Smith of Boston, and John P. Soule of Boston. All photographs were taken in 1872, but none of the cards show a date of printing or publication. There are autograph manuscript notes on verso of many of the cards that give more specific description of each view.

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