Friday, February 10, 2006

Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data

Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data from Tufts University combines city directories, maps, and photographs to tell the story of Boston over the last 160 years. Zoomable maps from 1844, 1867, 1874, 1898, 1928, 1950, and 2001 are provided, and searchable city directories from 1845, 1855, 1865, 1870, 1872, 1875, 1885, 1905, and 1925. With the Cowpaths tool and a little practice, you'll be able to search for Boston residents who appeared in a city directory, and see where they lived on an historic or modern map. Older maps often showed ward boundaries—very handy for anyone working with Boston census schedules.