Archives and Records Management
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.
We digitized photos, documents, and films from Mayor Collins's administration. Take a look at these records documenting Boston in the 1960s.
We digitized more than 1000 historic photographs taken by Boston's Public Works Department. Browse these historic images documenting Boston's streetscapes and infrastructure.
We have a crowd-sourced archive of pictures, videos, and stories related to the Boston Marathon bombing.
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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.