Visit the Archives
The City of Boston Archives is located at 201 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury, the southwest neighborhood of Boston. The City Archives is a co-tenant with the Boston Public Library Offsite Storage Center, Boston Planning and Development Agency Archives, the City Archaeology Program and the future EMS Training Center. The City Archives is accessible by public transportation (#36 bus from Forest Hills Station) and parking is available onsite.
Reference room appointments are required. Appointments are available, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-635-1195 to submit reference requests or schedule appointments.
At the Archives
The main entrance to the building is by the flagpoles. Upon arrival to 201 Rivermoor Street, you will need to sign in with the Security Guard at the front desk for access to the building. In the Archives reference room, you will be asked to sign in again and follow certain rules for using the Archives.
- No food or drink is allowed in the reference room.
- All personal belongings must be stored in a locker. Laptops are allowed at the research table.
- Only pencils are allowed for handwritten notes. Pens are not allowed because ink can damage archival materials.
- Cameras (without flash) are allowed to photograph records with the permission of Archives staff. Scanners are not allowed.
The recommended citation when using City Archives records is: Name and date of document, box number, folder number, name of collection, collection number and repository.
Deer Island Hospital weekly report, 6 June 1847, Box 2, Folder 34, City Council Joint Committee on Alien Passenger records, Collection 0140.011, City of Boston Archives.