Boston Archives

Find Boston Massachusetts archives. Archives maintain vital, family, and genealogy records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.


Boston American Jewish Historical Archive 101 Newbury Street Boston MA 02116 617-226-1245


Boston Archive 220 William T Morrissey Boulevard Boston MA 02125 617-727-2816

Boston Archive 30 Millstone Road Boston MA 02136 617-664-8679

Boston Public Records Archive 1 Ashburton Place Boston MA 02108 617-727-2832

Boston Registry of Vital Records Archive 150 Mount Vernon Street Boston MA 02108 617-740-2600

Boston WGBH Media Library & Archive 1 Guest Street Boston MA 02135

Dorchester State Records Archive 220 William T Morrissey Boulevard Boston MA 02125 617-727-2470

West Roxbury City Clerk Archive 201 Rivermoor Street Boston MA 02132 617-635-1195

About Boston Archives

Boston Archives are collections of permanently valuable records that pertain to organizations, governments, or businesses in Boston, MA. Archived records include correspondence, reports, manuscripts, minutes, and other forms of documented evidence of past events. They can be used for research and analysis of past events, establishing or verifying legal claims, and preserving Boston history. A repository of Archives is typically housed in a building designated for that purpose. Boston Archives include museums, churches and other faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and genealogical groups and societies.

You may contact the Archives for questions about:
  • Boston public records
  • Historical documents, directories, and photographs
  • Boston military records
  • Massachusetts historical records
  • Genealogy records in Boston, MA
Boston Public Records

The Boston government maintains Archives of Boston public records that are available upon request. These collections include records pertaining to the proceedings of and local government, as well as materials that serve to preserve the heritage and history of the locality. In addition to government records, they may contain directories, photographs of prominent individuals and places, Boston military records, maps, and collections from schools, civic organizations, labor unions, and businesses. Boston Archives may be a component of the Boston Public Library or they may be managed by a local Boston historical society. These Boston public records are useful to family researchers and genealogists.

Massachusetts Archival Records

The Massachusetts Archives contains historical records of the Massachusetts government and records collected from Boston governments. State Archives essentially include documents connected with the political history and past administrations of MA government. In addition to serving as a repository for permanent state government records, the Massachusetts State Archives preserves materials that document Massachusetts's history.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains documents and materials created by the U.S. government, including Boston public records, that are deemed to have an ongoing value. NARA has material at locations in seventeen states. In addition to maintaining archived records, NARA offers educational programs and workshops for the public on how to make use of archived records. Although not strictly considered Archives, NARA also manages the Federal Records Centers, the National Personnel Records Center, the Federal Register, and the presidential libraries.