Boston Public Library

Boston Redevelopment Authority Collection

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This collection consists of maps that were in the library of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which was transferred to the Boston Public Library in the early 1990s. It includes maps published by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, maps accompanying documents issued by the BRA, and maps in reports and proposals submitted to the BRA. The collection spans the late 1920s to the early 1990s, with the bulk of the collection from the 1960s.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority was established in 1957 to oversee development that was previously led by the Boston Housing Authority. Its oversight eventually expanded to include development beyond public housing. The BRA's redevelopment stewardship included the jurisdiction to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concession to encourage commercial and residential development. The City Planning Board was merged with the BRA in 1960. The BRA was renamed The Boston Planning and Development Agency in 2016.

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