This Day in History: November 9, 1872: Great Fire in Boston

Photo: Property of the Boston Public Library

Read a historical discussion of the fire in:

A City so Grand: the Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 by Stephen Puleo. (Also available in print: F73.5 .P966 2010)
Hint: See sections on Great Fire of 1872.

Read New York Times articles about the Great Fire of 1872 through the New York Times Archive, 1851-2008.
Hint: Using the Advanced Search feature, enter the search terms Boston fire and limit the date to after November 9, 1872. From the results, select “Publication date (oldest first)” from the Sort results by: drop-down menu.

Explore the photograph collections by Boston Public Library:

–  Great Fire, Boston, Mass.,1872

–  Maps related to the Great Fire from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library


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