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BOS 101: The Lens of Boston: Great Fire of Boston

About This Guide

This page contains resources about Boston's Great Fire of 1872.


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Spotlight on Digital Collections

Black, James Wallace. Militia soldiers at the Boston fire, 1872. 1872. Web. 28 Aug 2019. <>

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The easiest way to find articles about the Great Fire is to use the Simmons Library Advanced Search


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