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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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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
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Mayor John F. Collins records

We digitized photos, documents, and films from Mayor Collins's administration. Take a look at these records documenting Boston in the 1960s. 

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Public Works photograph collection

We digitized more than 1000 historic photographs taken by Boston's Public Works Department. Browse these historic images documenting Boston's streetscapes and infrastructure.

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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

Drama "Erminie" at Elizabeth Peabody House, 1941. Photo by Roy J. Jacoby. MS22 P029 - Simmons University Archives

More than meets the eye: the Elizabeth Peabody House and Boston’s West End

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Eva Whiting White, 1920, Courtesy of Simmons University Archives

Meet Eva Whiting White, the West End's pioneering social worker

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Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, Written in Boston, State of Massachusetts, September 28, 1829.

David Walker: Boston's fiery anti-slavery writer

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West End Urban Renewal Project sign, circa 1958-1959, Boston Redevelopment Authority photographs, Collection 4010.001, Boston City Archives

Remembering the West End: An introduction to a Boston City Archives blog series

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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.

Learn about the Digital Access Initiative