Calf Pasture Pumping Station

Annotated Bibliography

 1.  “Calf Pasture Pumping Station.” Northeast Architecture. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2013. <>.

This website is dedicated to buildings in New England. The Calf Pasture Pumping Station is one of the featured buildings, and the site includes interior and exterior photographs and a brief description of the complex.

2.  Clark, Eliot C. Main Drainage Works of the City of Boston. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1885.

This book provides the history of the Boston Main Drainage Works and includes photographs and blueprints of the buildings and pipes. The book also covers the sewer history of Boston pre-Main Drainage Works and the reasons for the construction of the new sewer system in the 1880’s. Detailed descriptions of the construction, layout, and operation of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station are found here, as well as photographs of the interior and exterior of the building. There is also information about Moon Island and the connected outfall sewer/reservoir in this book.

3.  Dumcius, Gintautas. “UMass to update public on latest campus plans; Monday night meeting will focus on roadways.” Dorchester Reporter. 05 April 2012.

This newspaper article mentions the purchase of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station Complex by UMass Boston in 2012.

4.  Eddy, Harrison P. “Massachusetts – The Cradle of Public-Health Engineering.” Sewage Works Journal 2.3 (1930): 394-403. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article demonstrates the significance and innovative nature of sewer and water treatment facilities in Massachusetts. There is some brief Boston pollution/sewage history and information about the history and operation of the Boston Main Drainage Works.

5.  Flaherty, John F. “Sewage Treatment and Disposal for Boston.” Sewage and Industrial Wastes 22.3 (1950): 277-88. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article contains information regarding Boston sewage treatment and the Boston Main Drainage System. Included is some background on the Calf Pasture Pumping Station as well as diagrams and maps of the complex. There is also a map of outfall lines and information about Moon Island.

6.  Flynn, Kevin C. “Turning the Tide in Boston Harbor.” Water Pollution Control Federation. 57.11 (1985): 1048-1054. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article discusses the pollution of Boston Harbor and includes information on the lawsuit, Quincy vs. Metropolitan District Commission, which led to the construction of a treatment facility on Deer Island.

7.  Hanlon, Joseph B. “Screenings and Grit Complicate Starting Operations at Nut Island Sewage Treatment Plant.” Sewage and Industrial Wastes 26.10 (1954): 1290-1301. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article is about the Nut Island treatment facility in Quincy, Massachusetts. There are diagrams and photographs included.

8.  Kennison, Karl R. “Sewage Works Development in the Massachusetts Metropolitan District.” Sewage and Industrial Wastes 22.4 (1950): 477-89. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article includes information about and visual materials related to the Boston Main Drainage System. Included is some information about the treatment facility at Nut Island in Quincy.

9.  Marwell, Stuart. Calf Pasture Pumping Station. N.p.: n.p.

This digitized book provides a brief history of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station and provides many useful images.

10.  Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

This website contains important information regarding the Boston area’s sewer systems. Information can be found about sewer history as well as the modern sewer system.

11.  National Register of Historic Places, Calf Pasture Pumping Station Complex, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

This is the Calf Pasture Pumping Station Complex’s National Register of Historic Places nomination form. There is information about the Pumping Station and related information as some background on the Complex’s architect, George Albert Clough. There are also photographs and other visual material included in this form.

12.  Parthum, Charles A. “Building for the Future: The Boston Deep-Tunnel Plan.” Water Pollution Control Federation. 42.4 (1970): 500-510. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article contains information regarding Boston sewage history and proposes a Deep-Tunnel sewage system to improve sewage treatment and disposal in Boston (post-Boston Main Drainage System).

13.  Roessner, Jane. A Decent Place to Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point: A Community History. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2000.

This book covers the history and development of Columbia Point in Dorchester, Massachusetts. As such, it includes some history of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station and its construction and use. There are also useful and relevant visual materials in this book.

14.  “Sewer History.” About Boston Water and Sewer Commission. Boston Water and Sewer Commission, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2013. <>.

This article on the Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s website gives a brief account of Boston sewer history up to the present date.

15.  Shea, Robert P. “Sewer Maintenance in Boston.” Sewage Works Journal. 14.6 (1942): 1314-1326. JSTOR. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

This article contains information on Boston sewer history and about maintenance of the sewage pipelines and treatment/disposal facilities. There are some photographs of employees.

16.  Taylor, Earl. “Calf Pasture Pumping Station.” Dorchester Atheneum. Dorchester Historical Society, 30 May 2005. Web. 06 March 2013.

This article provides a brief history of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station as well as additional bibliographic sources.

17.  The American Architect and Building News (Specifically Dec 15, 1877; Apr 3, 1880; Oct 6, 1883; May 18, 1889)

This publication highlights the professional conversations that were taking place during the late 1800s. Debate arose about the most effective system that could be designed for the city, and some critics questioned the plan that was created.

18.  “The Drainage of Boston” Medical and Surgical Reporter. 50.5 (Feb 2, 1884); pg. 150.

This publication focuses on news in the medical and sanitary fields.  The writer worries that discharging massive amounts of human waste into Boston harbor could lead to contaminated fish, which will then lead to sickness among the people who eat them.

19.  “Boston Sewerage and Irrigation” Massachusetts Ploughman and New England Journal of Agriculture.36.51 (Sep 22, 1877); pg. 2

This article points to a conversation that was going on in Boston when plans for the intercepting sewer was proposed.  Some  critics thought that putting so much human waste into the harbor was throwing away a valuable resource.  Instead, they argued that this waste should be used as manure for local farmers.

20.  “The Boston Sewer System and Main Drainage Works” Scientific American. Vol. LVII., No. 28. (Dec 3, 1887); pg. 351.

This periodical, which seems to be the popular mechanics of its day, looks at the new sewerage system that was put into Boston.  Calf Pasture is described in detail, and many illustrations are included in the article.

21.  Norman P. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library (Accessible online at

This collection of  digitized maps offers some great views of Calf Pasture and Moon Island.  Searching for images of Boston Harbor brings up many fantastic examples. [Some standouts include: Boston Harbor, Ged. H Walker & Co. (1923); City of Boston improved sewerage, plan showing region drained by, and lines of proposed intercepting sewer, also course of sewer from proposed reservoirs 1877 (1877); Bird’s eye view of Boston Harbor and south shore to Provincetown, John F. Murphy (1901)].

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