Digital Projects

From interactive maps to exploration tools, our digital projects expand the horizon of historical collections

Atlascope

Fire insurance and real estate atlases offer one of the most incredible tools for researching urban form in the period roughly 1860–1940. However, these physical atlases can be cumbersome to use and difficult to compare across multiple volumes. Our Atlascope initiative has geotransformed 101 atlas layers of Boston and its inner suburbs and made them discoverable as never before on a custom new web interface, suitable for browsing on a computer or mobile device.

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This 1898 Bromley atlas, showing the State House in downtown Boston, is available as an Atlascope view

This 1898 Bromley atlas, showing the State House in downtown Boston, is available as an Atlascope view

Annotated Map Stories

Our annotated map stories bring our collection alive through narrative, zoomable tours. Check out some of our recent stories:

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The Land of the Mashpee

This story explores the history of the Wampanoag reserved land in Mashpee, Massachusetts, through a manuscript map created by an eighteenth century missionary, Gideon Hawley.

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Building the Tremont Street subway

This story explores how Boston created the first subway railroad in the United States, along Tremont Street near Boston Common.

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