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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

Balloon ascension ticket from July 4, 1861, City Council Committee on Celebrations, Collection 0140.013, Boston City Archives
Jul 3

Notes from the Archives: July 4, 1861

Archives and Records Management
Business certificate indexes, Collection 0301.001, Boston City Archives
Mar 26

Notes from the Archives: On this day in 1931, Leonard Nimoy is born in Boston's West End

Archives and Records Management
Milliners making wire hat frames at the Trade School for Girls, circa 1914, Collection 0420.041, Trade School for Girls lantern slides, Boston City Archives
Feb 25

Women's History Month: Documenting women's lives at the City Archives

Archives and Records Management
Molasses flood destruction, January 15, 1919, Boston Elevated Railway photographs (9800.018), Boston City Archives
Jan 15

100 years ago today: Molasses crashes through Boston's North End

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.