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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
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

Mayor John F. Collins
Mayor John F. Collins records

We digitized photos, documents, and films from Mayor Collins's administration. Take a look at these records documenting Boston in the 1960s. 

 Boston City Hospital Relief Station, Haymarket Square, 1913
Public Works photograph collection

We digitized more than 1000 historic photographs taken by Boston's Public Works Department. Browse these historic images documenting Boston's streetscapes and infrastructure.

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

Faneuil Hall exterior, grasshopper weather vane, circa 1970s, Waterfront series, Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, Collection 5210.004, Boston City Archives
Nov 18

#onthisday in 1755: Earthquake knocks the Faneuil Hall Grasshopper from its perch

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Old North Church, 1975, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection 9800.007, Boston City Archives.
Oct 9

#onthisday in 1804: The 'Snow Hurricane' blows off the steeple of Old North Church

Archives and Records Management
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.

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Rendering of Faneuil Hall, circa 1850
Aug 26

Happy Birthday, Faneuil Hall!

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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.