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Clough's 60-Page 1798 Boston Atlas

Clough's 60-Page 1798 Boston Atlas

Atlas of Boston neighborhoods based on the Direct Tax Census of 1798

This atlas by Samuel Clough (1873-1949) consists of manuscript maps of fifty-five blocks of Boston showing street layouts and property ownership in 1798. Clough obtained this information from the Direct Tax Census of 1798. The front leaf of the atlas is a drawing of the Shawmut peninsula with color-coded blocks that correspond to the maps within the atlas.

It is unclear whether this atlas was created before, after, or concurrently with a series of oversize 1798 plates, but Clough used similar features such as the block property number system.

Clough's work on the atlas is part of an unfinished topographical history of Boston. Clough was a draftsman for Boston Edison Company and worked for the Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown. This map forms a part of the Samuel Chester Clough research Materials toward a topographical history of Boston, a manuscript collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Please see the collection guide for the Clough research materials. Included in the Clough collection are many notebooks and research materials that explain the atlas, as well as an unfinished manuscript on the history of Boston.


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Interactive navigation adapted from map of Shawmut found on page one | more

Move your mouse over the map of Boston and click on that portion of the map for which you wish to see the detailed atlas page. This map is an enhancement of the map of the Shawmut peninula, 1798, that appears on page one of this atlas.

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