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Name of Creator:McNichol, Daniel J.
Title:Daniel J. McNichol papers
Date:1764–2008 (bulk 1989–2008)
Reference Code:M194
Location Code:11/4; 39/1–2; RS9/S1–2
Extent:14.48 cubic feet
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents Daniel McNichol's work with the “Big Dig” project as Deputy Director for Public Affairs and later as an independent author from approximately 1993–2008. The collection includes architectural and engineering plans, audio recordings, book drafts, construction records and artifacts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, photographs, reports, and video recordings.
Historical Abstract:Daniel McNichol served as Deputy Director for Public Affairs and spokesperson for the “Big Dig” construction project in Boston, Massachusetts from 1993–2000. In 2000, he left the position to publish numerous articles and books about the project. The “Big Dig” project revitalized the Central Artery by replacing the elevated Interstate 93 with the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel and adding the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. In addition, Interstate 90 was extended to Logan International Airport and Route 1A with the creation of the Fort Point and Ted William Tunnels.
Language and Scripts:English
System of Arrangement:Organized into five series: Series 1. Subject Files; Series 2. Publications; Series 3. Architectural and Engineering Plans; Series 4. Audio–Visual; and Series 5. Construction Material and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • McNichol, Daniel J.
  • McNichol, Daniel J.

  • Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff.
  • Massachusetts. Highway Department
  • Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
  • Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff.
  • Massachusetts. Highway Department
  • Massachusetts Turnpike Authority

  • Big Dig (Mass.)
  • Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (Mass.)
  • Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (Mass.)––History.
  • Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (Mass.)––Maps.
  • Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (Mass.)––Miscellanea.
  • Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (Mass.)––Planning.
  • John F. Fitzgerald Expressway (Boston, Mass.)
  • Interstate 90
  • Interstate 93
  • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge (Boston, Mass.)
  • Ted Williams Tunnel (Boston, Mass.)

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Technical Access:The records include eight Betacam video cassettes located in Series 4. Audio–Visual. The archives does not have the equipment to view this format.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Daniel J. McNichol on March 29, 2012.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Daniel J. Lavoie II, February 20, 2014