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Archives and Records Management

Archives and Records Management

We manage, preserve, and provide access to the municipal government records of Boston. We are a division of the City Clerk’s office.

We develop and carry out citywide policy and procedures for the management of City government records. Our work encourages people to access and use Boston’s archival records.

The records we keep enable people to inspect what Boston municipal government has done, allow officials and agencies to review their actions, and help citizens hold government accountable. Through our work, we guarantee ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of citizens, the actions of municipal officials, and Boston's historical municipal experience.

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Archives and Records Management
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
United States
Visits by appointment only
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Featured collections

Mayor John F. Collins
Mayor John F. Collins Photograph Collection

We digitized photos from Mayor Collins's administration, but we need your help identifying the people and places in the photos.

Mayor Raymond L. Flynn
Mayor Raymond L. Flynn Photograph Collection

We also digitized a collection of photos from Mayor Flynn's administration, but need your help identifying everyone.

Our Marathon Logo Circle
City Archivists preserve Boston Marathon Memorial

We have a crowd-sourced archive of pictures, videos, and stories related to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Latest from our blog

Order to ring bells in celebration of emancipation, 1865 December 30, Docket 1865-020-I, Proceedings of the City Council, Collection 0100.001, Boston City Archives
Jun 19

Notes from the archives: Juneteenth

Archives and Records Management
1891 Memorial Day expenses from Charlestown GAR post , 1892, City Council Committee records, (Collection 0140.001), Boston City Archives
May 25

Notes from the Archives: In 1868, Americans commemorated the first Memorial Day

Archives and Records Management
Bills from the Anthony Burns case, 1854-1855, Early Records Box 5, Folder 7, Boston City Archives
May 24

Notes from the Archives: #onthisday in 1854, Anthony Burns is arrested

Archives and Records Management
 Architectural model of Boston City Hall, 1962, John F. Collins records (0244.001), Box 147, Folder 1, Boston City Archives
May 3

Notes from the Archives: #onthisday in 1962, design for Boston City Hall chosen

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City Archives Digital Access Initiative

We’ve scanned over two million pages of City records and over 13,000 City photos, making them available to the public online.