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Boston Globe "Big Dig" records

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z17-010

Content Description

The Boston Globe was founded in 1872 by Charles H. Taylor. The Globe was privately held until 1973, when it went public as Affiliated Publications. In 1993, it was bought by The New York Times Company. The Globe has been awarded 23 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966. The Globe covered the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as the "Big Dig", for over thirty years detailing its progress, costs, and issues. The Big Dig project revitalized the Central Artery by replacing the elevated Interstate 93 with the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel and adding the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. In addition, Interstate 90 was extended to Logan International Airport and Route 1A with the creation of the Fort Point and Ted William Tunnels. The initial planning phase started in 1982 with construction work being completed between 1991 and 2006. Tom Palmer worked at the Boston Globe for 32 years as both a reporter and an editor. At the time of the Big Dig, Palmer was a reporter focused on transportation before moving to real estate and development in 2002. The collection documents the Boston Globe's reporting of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as the "Big Dig", from approximately 1991-2008. The collection are the records of Tom Palmer, Real Estate and Development Reporter of the Boston Globe from 1976 to 2008. The records include architectural and engineering plans, contracts, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and reports. Audiovisual material include Betamax cassettes, CD-Rs, and VHS cassettes. Artifacts and memorabilia include construction material, hard hats, pennants, and clothing. The collection is unprocessed. Accessioned 2016 Aug 26. 104/1-4, RS11/S2

Restrictions Apply


Use Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


  • Creation: 1976-2008


10.90 cubic feet (10.90 cubic feet in 6 record center cartons, 3 1.50 cubic foot boxes, and 1 medium drop front box.)