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Maps
 Dorchester Maps - See copies below, but

Note: if the quality of these maps is too low for your use, please get in touch. We have better quality images, but the digital files are larger than we feel comfortable putting on the web.

Some maps depicting Dorchester appear below. These are not the only ones to include Dorchester. Anyone interested in this topic should consult institutions with large collections, such as the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston Atheneum, the Boston Public Library, etc. The maps at the Boston Public Library are available online at bpl.org, go to collections, then online collections and choose Leventhal Center collection.

See especially the atlases below which each have many plates that are quite detailed.

Boston and Dorchester Maps/ Atlases

for current mapping - see City of Boston Assessing Online



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Blake, James E.
Dorchester, Massachusetts, plans, assumed to be drawn by James E. Blake. New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Map

French, Allen. A Collection of Facsimile Maps Pertaining to the Books and Papers ... (including Dorchester Neck) Mass. Hist Soc.

Plan of Dorchester Neck. Mass Hist Soc Ic2



1697
Butcher, John.
A map, plan or draught of the twelve divisions of land ... 1697.
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public
http://maps.bpl.org/id/11100

1775
Plan of Dorchester Neck Drawn for the Use of the British Army in 1775
in DuSimonds History of South Boston, Boston, 1857. p. 31.

1777
Henry Pelham
A Plan of Boston in New England with Environs.

1778
George Louis LeRouge.
Plan de Boston.

1794
Mather Withington
Plan of Dorchester.

1805
Dorchester Turnpike and Roads Adjacent. 1805
New England Historical and Genealogical Society, SL Dor 12.

1831
A Map of the Towns of Dorchester and Milton
Edmund J. Baker
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10320

1838
Perham, B. F. Rough Sketch of a Portion of the Dorchester Turnpike. 1838
New England Historical and Genealogical Society SL Dor 11


1850
Map of Dorchester, Mass.
Elbridge Whiting for S. Dwight Eaton (Old Colony R.R. Depot, Boston)
Tappan & Bradford’s Lithography, Boston
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org/id/11129

1858
Map of the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts
H.F. Walling
Published by Smith & Bumstead, Boston and New York
available online at www.davidrumsey.com

1860
Walling, H. F. Map of Boston and the Country Adjacent. 1860 Hist NE

1863
Crafts, N. Henry. Map of the City of Boston. 1863 Hist NE
1866
Map of the City of Boston and Its Environs
H.F. Walling
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org/id/10121

1867
Boston Map Company. Map of Boston (As it should be) and the Country Adjacent. 1867. SPNEA

1867
Lake, D. J. Map of Boston and Its Environs. 1867. Hist NE

1869
Boston Almanac. Boston and Its Vicinity. 1869. Hist NE

1869, corrected 1870
Thomas W. Davis
Plan of the Town of Dorchester

1870
Plan of the Town of Dorchester
B available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org/id/11126

Note: the atlases below that are available at www.dorchesteratheneum.org are of low resolution, but the Dorchester Historical Society can supply higher resolution images on disk or by email.

1874
Atlas
G.M. Hopkins
available below

1876
Luther Briggs & Co.
Plan of the Lewis Pierce Estate.
Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Book 1331, p. 277

1878
Coombs, W. M Plan of Dorchester Showing Sewers and Contours. 1878. Mass Hist Soc Ic2

1880
Boston City Surveyor.
Plan of Dorchester, 1880

1882
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1884
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1889
Atlas of the city of Boston. Vol. 5: Dorchester
Geo. W. & Walter S. Bromley
Published by G.W. Bromley & Co.
available online below

1894
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1898
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1899
Atlas: Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brighton
J.P. Brown & Co.; L.J. Richards
Publisher: L.J. Richards, Boston
available online below and at www.davidrumsey.com

1904
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1907
Boston Suburban Book Company. Map of Dorchester, Roxbury and West Roxbury

1910 circa
Dorchester Board of Trade
Map of Dorchester.
Walker Lithograph Company

1910
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1918
Atlas
Bromley
available online below

1930
Board of Trade. Map of Dorchester. 1930. Mass. Hist Soc IIc3

1932
Hibbard, Thomas. Land Once Owned by the First Parish Church in Dorchester, 1932. Hist Gen Soc: Ms Dor 160.

1933
Atlas
Bromley
available online below









Fire Insurance Atlases
 Certainly the most useful maps for tracing the development of Dorchester after its annexation to Boston are the so-called fire insurance maps. Griffith M. Hopkins produced an atlas of Boston including a volume for Dorchester in 1874 and again in 1882. George Bromley followed in 1884 with new volumes every five years or so. Richards produced one atlas in 1899. Richard Heath in From Pear Orchard to Multi-Family Housing: A History of the Marshall P. Wilder Estate. Jamaica Plain, 2003, cites a 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.

Illustrations of details of one small corner of Dorchester are given to show how the development of Dorchester proceeded over the course of 60 years after annexation. Some neighborhoods filled in a little earlier than our example at the corner of Carruth Street and Adams Street (now Gallivan Boulevard), but all of Dorchester was substantially complete by 1933 when the Bromley company issued its last Dorchester atlas.



Topics
Smith's Map of New EnglandWood's Map 1633Blathwayt Atlas 17th centuryJohn Foster's Map of New England 16771775 Map Seat of the civil War
South Bay 17771831 Map by Edmund BakerWilson's 1849 MapMap of the Vicinity of Boston 18491871 South Bay Birds Eye View
Whiting Map of 18501858 Map of Norfolk County1874 Atlas1882 Atlas Plates1884 Atlas
1889 AtlasMap of the Vicinity of Boston, 18931894 Atlas1898 Atlas1899 Atlas
1904 Atlas1910 Atlas1918 Atlas1933 Atlas
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Created: July 24, 2003   Modified: November 4, 2015