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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

Peabody Ward at Boston City Hospital, circa 1910-1920, Boston City Hospital collection (7020.001), Boston City Archives
Aug 27

Notes from the Archives: #onthisday in 1918, the Spanish Flu arrived in Boston.

Archives and Records Management
Rendering of Faneuil Hall, circa 1850
Aug 26

Happy Birthday, Faneuil Hall!

Archives and Records Management
Ransom note for Nellie Burns, Dockets 1870-0133-E2-4 Proceedings of the City Council, Collection 0100.001, Boston City Archives .
Aug 15

Notes from the Archives: The kidnapping of Nellie Burns

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.