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photograph of ship under construction from Atlantic Works collectionphotograph of ship under construction from Atlantic Works collection

Atlantic Works Collection

Plans, archives, and photographs from a ship- and engine-building company in East Boston.

The Atlantic Works, founded in 1853, built and repaired ships and engines at its plant in East Boston until about 1951. In 1946, George Webster, General Superintendent of Atlantic Works, gave a small collection photographs to MIT. Subsequently, the Chief Engineer, Josiah P. Hayward, gave numerous drawings of Atlantic Works vessels to supplement plan material already in the collections. The drawings, roughly cataloged by contract number, are quite fragile, and in need of substantial conservation work.

Title: Atlantic Works Collection

Creator: Atlantic Works

Dates: circa 1853 – circa 1951

Extent: 78 boxes and 7 drawers plans, 2 linear feet archives, and 1 box of photos

Language: English

Repository: MIT Museum, Hart Nautical Collections

Access: Open for research by appointment. Index available. Access may be restricted due to fragile condition.

Copyright: No known restrictions

Credit: Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum