Special Collections

Boston City Clerk's Office
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury MA , 02132 4905
FAX: 617-635-1194
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Kristen Swett, Reference Archivist (617)364-8679 archives@ci.boston.ma.us
Hours: By appointment only M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Closings: March 17 (Evacuation Day); June 17 (Bunker Hill Day)
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Name: Archives and Records Management Division
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Kristen Swett, Reference Archivist (617)364-8679
Collections: 14
Formats: manuscripts 9,000 cubic feet of archives monographs maps photographs microforms audio tapes video tapes pamphlets ephemera electronic records realia/artifacts
Collection Description:
  City of Boston Records
Suffolk County Records
City Clerk
City Council
Economic & Employment Planning Administration
Inspectional Services
Mayoral Files
Model Cities Agency
Retirement Board
Public Schools
Post-1822 Records of annexed cities and towns of Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury, and West Roxbury
Suffolk County Sheriff House of Correction (Deer Island)
Militia Service Records (1844-1888)
Mayor's Office Complaint Registers (1880s)
Committee on Public Celebrations Records (1870-1896)
Almshouses and Penal Institutions Registers
Women Voter Registration Rolls (1888-1920)
Married Women's Business Registers (1862-1967)
Election returns (1820 - present)
Naturalized Voters Records (late 19th century)
Civil War Military Service Records
Volunteer Fire Brigade Reports (1824-1841)
Documents on the Great Fire of 1872
Planning Board for the Central Artery, published reports (1930-present)
Model Cities files (1960s)
School Committee Desegregation Files (1970s)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval Some items not public (by law)
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff
Loans: No loans permitted
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guides for archives' records groups
Directions: FROM BOSTON: Proceed Southwest to Forest Hills. Take Hyde Park Ave. out to Wolcott Square, the Readville commercial district just past the commuter rail bridge. At the light, follow Hyde Park Ave. which turns right and becomes residential. Take the 3rd left (Millstone Ave.). We are in the brick building on the lefthand corner. FROM OUTSIDE OF BOSTON: Take Route 128 North. Take Exit 2B for Route 38 / Blue Hill Ave., so that you are proceeding North. You will pass the Blue Hills on your right. Watch for purple commuter rail signs. Follow these to turn left onto the Neponset Valley Parkway. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Hyde Park Ave. The third left is Millstone Road. We are in the brick building in the corner. To park, go around block, enter gate, and come around to Millstone Rd. MBTA: Orange Line subway to Forest Hills Station. Turn right down Hyde Park Ave. (between Rogers gas station and Olympic Pizza). The third left is Millstone Ave. We are in the brick building on the lefthand corner. BY COMMUTER RAIL: Franklin or Fairmount line from South Station to Readville. Descend steps to street and turn right under railroad bridge. Turn right down Hyde Park Ave. The third left is Millstone Ave. We are the brick building on the lefthand corner.