Special Collections

State Library of Massachusetts
341 State House
Boston MA , 02133
TTY/TDD: (617)727-0917
FAX: (617)727-5819
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Albie Johnson, State Librarian (617)727-2590 library.director@state.ma.us
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: http://www.mass.gov/lib
Services for the Disabled:
  TTY/TDD Americans with Disabilities Act accessible
Monographic Series:
  "Massachusetts State Publications, Checklist"
Journals: "State Library of Massachusetts New Acquisitions"
Bibliographic Utility:
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Beth Carroll-Horrocks, Head of Special Collections (617)727-2590 elizabeth.carroll-horrocks@state.ma.us
  Room 55 State House Boston, MA 01233
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Closings: March 17 and June 17 - Closed
Collections: 12
Formats: 800 linear feet of manuscripts 25,000 volumes of monographs 150 newspaper titles 3,800 maps 6,400 photographs 1,000 volumes of pamphlets 400 reels of microforms 1,200 audio tapes 1,400 video tapes 100 ephemera 50 realia/artifacts 3,000 architectural drawings
Collection Description:
  State Library of Massachusetts, Special Collections Department:
Massachusetts State and Local History
New England History and Biography
Massachusetts Law
Massachusetts State Agency Publications
Map Collection (Finding Aid)
Manuscript Collections (Finding Aid)
City Directories
Broadsides (Finding Aid)
Massachusetts State House Collection
Audio and Videotape Collection (Finding Aid)
Newspapers and Periodical Collection (Finding Aid)
Alexander Parris Digital Project (Images)
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guides for manuscript collection Guide to specific microfilm collection(s) Specialized indexes Digital archive
Directions: Library is located in the Massachusetts State Capitol in downtown Boston at the corner of Beacon and Park Streets. There is no public parking associated with the State House, and public parking in downtown Boston is extremely limited. Users are advised to take public transportation whenever possible. The Library is one block from the Park Street subway stop of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (public transport system).