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

Featured 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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Neighborhood photograph collections

We digitized more than 3,000 historic photographs of Boston's neighborhoods. Browse these historic images documenting Boston over the centuries.

Hero Squares dockets

We're digitizing dockets documenting Boston's Hero Squares, parks, and playgrounds. Browse the Hero Square records.

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