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.
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.
Neighborhood photograph collections
We digitized more than 3,000 historic photographs of Boston's neighborhoods. Browse these historic images documenting Boston over the centuries.
Hero Squares dockets
We're digitizing dockets documenting Boston's Hero Squares, parks, and playgrounds. Browse the Hero Square records.
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The Mary Eliza Project: Boston Women Voters in 1920
We’re making a searchable database of the more than 50,000 women who registered to vote in Boston in the months after...
City Archives Digital Access Initiative
We’re digitizing our records and making them available to the public. Through a variety of collaborations, we’ve scanned...