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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

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

Title page from Boston Almanac, 1836, Collection 9800.019, Boston City Archives
Jul 11

Notes from the Archives: The Boston Almanac

Archives and Records Management
Quarantine letter, 1827 September 3,  Docket 1827-0017-I3  Proceedings of the City Council, Collection 0100.001, Boston City Archives
Jun 26

On this day in 1721, Dr. Zabdiel Boylston inoculates his son against smallpox

Archives and Records Management
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
The Johnstown calamity. A slightly damaged house , 1889
Jun 6

Boston's Italian community organizes aid for Johnstown Flood victims #onthiday in 1889

Archives and Records Management

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.