New England Photographic Archive is the Photographic Preservation Center's virtual archive of images from glass plate negatives.  The photographs are presented as an introduction to the institutions that physically house the glass plates.  Please visit the museums, libraries and historical societies that safeguard these historic images that document our cultural heritage. All items within The New England Photographic Archive are copyrighted.


The Peck Collection consists of 149, 5X7-inch photographic glass plate negatives taken of Boston’s waterfront and the Massachusetts’s seacoast in the early 1900’s.  The images are part of a larger body of work by amateur photographer and naturalist, John Murdoch.  Murdoch graduated from Roxbury Latin and Harvard and worked as a librarian with the Smithsonian and Boston Public Library.  His images are part of MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections, part of the MIT Museum’s five permanent collections. It is a world-class collection of ship and yacht plans, books, models, marine art, photographs, and shipbuilding records primarily on the history of New England ship building from the mid-19th century. There are 250,000 objects in the museum including 100,000 shipbuilding plans some of the finest sailing yachts ever built.