The Leslie Jones collection of photographs on Flickr ...

PRINT DEPARTMENT, BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Modest about his abilities as a photographer (he called himself a camera-man, not a photo-journalist), Jones quietly built an unrivaled collection of photographic negatives, almost 40,000 of which were given to the Boston Public Library by his family in the early 1970s. The collection is a stunning pictorial document of the history of Boston in the 20th century, and a tribute to the craft and artistry of a man who by doing his job preserved the past on glass and film.

Read more, and see the pictures, here.