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Boston Public Library Architecture Index Collection

The Architecture Index Collection at the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department is an extensive card index of architectural resources created over 45 years by BPL Fine Arts librarians. In 1968, realizing the wealth and depth of the architectural information contained within the Arts collections, the department began collecting and indexing this information on cards, at the time referred to as “the Boston Index,” comprised of references to written descriptions, critiques, histories, illustration...



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The Architecture Index Collection at the Boston Public Library’s Arts Department is an extensive card index of architectural resources created over 45 years by BPL Fine Arts librarians. In 1968, realizing the wealth and depth of the architectural information contained within the Arts collections, the department began collecting and indexing this information on cards, at the time referred to as “the Boston Index,” comprised of references to written descriptions, critiques, histories, illustrations, renderings, and plans of Boston’s urban landscape. The Index Collection grew to include information on non-Massachusetts architects and projects, though its strength is in the history of Boston’s built environment. The collection stopped being updated in 2013.
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