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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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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

 Drawing by A. Meehan, High School of Practical Arts Time Capsule collection, Accession 2017-001, Boston City Archives
Aug 23

Notes from the Archive: the High School of Practical Arts time capsule

Archives and Records Management
archives on this day
Aug 6

Notes from the Archives: #onthisday in 1838, black Bostonians petition for an addition to...

Archives and Records Management
Thee above pages are from Joslin’s “Diabetic Manual for the Mutual Use of Doctor and Patient,” published in 1929. He dedicated the manual to “Those Individuals Who Have Conquered Diabetes by Living Longer With It Than They were Expected to Live Without It
Aug 2

#onthisday in 1893, Eliot Joslin begins diabetes research

Archives and Records Management
 Amelia Earhart, 7/30/1936, Records of the Army Air Forces, circa 1902 - 1964, Photographs of Flight Personnel, 1911 - 1941, National Archives and Records Administration
Jul 24

Notes from the Archives: Amelia Earhart in Boston

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.