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Archives and Special Collections Finding Aids
|Name of Creator:
||Boston Elevated Railway Company. Library.
||Boston Elevated Railway
Company. Library records
||1884-1967 (bulk 1921-1950)
||69/4, 71/2, FF5/D5
||0.75 cubic ft. (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
|Scope and Content Abstract:
||All materials in this collection were part of the Boston Elevated
Railway Library. This collection documents the different public transportation
systems in the United States, particularly Boston, and in Europe,
Africa, and Canada. The collection contains articles, manuals, brochures,
schedules, and maps relating to different forms of transportation
of the day, and materials relating to specific transportation systems.
The collection includes a large number of newspaper articles on aviator
Amelia Earhart. The collection also includes a scrapbook and loose
pamphlet on the Charles A. Coffin Foundation's award for electric
railway company service. The scrapbook consists primarily of presentations
from companies competing for the Coffin Award and American Electric
Railway Association reports on the winning presentations. The presentations
include descriptions of the railway company and its services, reproductions
of photographic materials and artwork, graphs, publicity materials,
and miscellaneous other materials the company felt would support its
claim to the award. Also included in the scrapbook is a brief pamphlet
history of the Foundation, correspondence and photographic prints
of prize checks, medals, and certificates.
||On July 2, 1894 the Massachusetts Legislature authorized the incorporation
of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, a private company formed to
build elevated railway lines to the suburbs of Greater Boston. In
November 1896, after a proxy battle with the West End Railway Company,
which had previously held a monopoly on streetcar routes for the Boston
area, all surface and rapid transit were unified under the Boston
Elevated Railway Company. The elevated lines were combined with the
subway (which had provided its first ride earlier that year) under
one coordinated management. The Boston Elevated Railway Company created
new subway and elevated railway lines, and started the first motorbus
routes in Boston. In 1916, the Boston Elevated Railway Company established
the Boston Elevated Railway Library at its general offices. The library
housed material relating to the company, new technology, safety, and
materials about other transportation systems around New England, the
United States, and the world. The Boston Elevated Railway Company,
consumed by financial problems, was subsumed by the Metropolitan Transit
Authority to become a government entity on August 29, 1947.
|Language and Scripts:
||Collection is predominately in English; some material is in German.
|System of Arrangement:
||Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.
|Subjects and Contributors:
- Coffin, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1844-1926
- Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
- Boston Elevated Railway Company
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Association
- Transportation, 1890-1967
|Conditions Governing Access:
||This collection is unrestricted.
||These materials were collected by the Boston Elevated Railway Company
|Appraisal, Destruction, and Scheduling Information:
||Several books in this collection are located in the rare books section
of the Archives.
||Finding aid prepared by Eliana Wachs Cashman, March 2008; updated
by Hanna Clutterbuck, April 2009.