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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
Contact
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

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

City Council order for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Administrative Services Records, Box 8, Collection 8000.001, Boston City Archives
Apr 4

Notes from the Archives: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Boston

Archives and Records Management
The letter 'B' spelled out in soil
Mar 28

Uncovering Boston's past

Digital Team
Subway Station berth guide, Tremont Street Subway, circa 1897, Transit Department photograph collection, 8300.002, Boston City Archives
Mar 28

#onthisday in 1895, Boston starts construction on America's first subway

Archives and Records Management
Sarah Fuller at age 33, Horace Mann School photographs, Collection 0420.047, Boston City Archives
Mar 16

Sarah Fuller: early deaf education advocate

Archives and Records Management
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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.