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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
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

Portrait of William Monroe Trotter, Exercises at the Dedication of the Statue of Wendell Phillips, July 5, 1915 (Boston: City of Boston, 1915)
Feb 9

William Monroe Trotter: newspaper publisher, activist — and Hyde Park native!

Archives and Records Management
South Boston Graduation Exercises, 1905, Graduation programs, Collection 0400.004, Boston City Archives
Feb 7

Forrester Blanchard Washington: South Boston High graduate and equal employment advocate

Archives and Records Management
Willhelmina Marguerita Crossen
Feb 1

Meet Wilhelmina Marguerita Crosson, a Boston teacher who advocated for black history education

Archives and Records Management
Second Grade Writing lesson at the Samuel Howe School, circa 1923, chool Committee Secretary Reference files, File 20.01, Box 29, Collection 0405.007, Boston City Archives
Jan 23

Notes from the Archives: National Handwriting Day and the Palmer Method

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.