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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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Contact
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Visits by appointment only
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Featured collections

Collections
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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. 

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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.

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City Archivists preserve Boston Marathon Memorial

We have a crowd-sourced archive of pictures, videos, and stories related to the Boston Marathon bombing.

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July 4 Balloon Ascension ticket, 1861, City Council Committee on Celebrations, Collection 0140.013, Boston City Archives, Boston

Notes from the Archives: Celebrating Independence Day during the Civil War

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Exploring Boston's neighborhood histories: An intro to an Archives blog series

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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.

Learn about the Digital Access Initiative