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Arthur A. Shurcliff, Boston engineer and landscape architect, left behind a visual history of his accomplishments as an urban planner and developer during the last years of the 19th century and first third of the 20th century. This microfilm collection preserves 879 of Shurcliff's glass lantern slides which illustrate his work (chiefly in the Boston area), as well as building, landscape, and parkway designs in Italy, France, England, and other parts of Europe that influenced his work.

Shurcliff served as a member of the Boston Parks Commission, the Boston Planning Board, and the Metropolitan District Commission in Boston. He was in charge of developing the landscaping for Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, as well as other historical sites. Some of his slides are graphs, charts, and plans that illustrate urban growth, population trends, and automobile traffic statistics. This collection is especially useful to those interested in urban planning or the history of the Boston area.

Titles from the Massachusetts Historical Society Collections may be purchased by individual reel.

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