Special Collections

The Bostonian Society
206 Washington Street
Boston MA , 02109
FAX: (617)720-3289
Institution Contact(s):
  Douglas Southard, Librarian (617)720-1713 ext. 12
Hours: W-F 9:30AM-4:30PM Sa 10:00AM-3:00PM
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible
Other Services:
  Gift shop
Monographs: Exhibit publications
Journals: Quarterly newsletter
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Douglas Southard, Librarian (617)720-1713 ext. 12
  15 State Street Boston, MA 02109
Hours: W-F 9:30AM-4:30PM Sa 10:00AM-3:00PM
Collections: 109
Formats: 250 linear feet of manuscripts 6,500 volumes of monographs newspapers 400 maps 30,000 photographs 25 reels of microforms 25 video tapes 15 linear feet of ephemera 2,000 architectural drawings
Collection Description:
  New England Guards Collection
Fire History Collection
Burroughs Marine Collection
Papers of Don Juan Stoughton
Daniel Webster Papers
Archives of The Boston Society
The Boston Streets Collection
John L. Sullivan Collection
1872 Great Fire Collection
Jules Aarons Collection
Boston Elevated Railway Collection
Osgood Collection
Family Photograph Albums
Robert Severy Collection
1910 Harvard Air Meet Collection
Boston Central Artery Collection
South Boston Flats Collection
Boston Housing Authority Collection
Access: Access only in reading room, supervised User/entrance fee required Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on use of other equipment
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guide to photographic collection Card catalog
Directions: The Library is located directly across the pedestrian mall from the Old State House, at 15 State Street. It is on the third floor, above the National Park Service Visitor Center. FROM THE NORTH: Take I-93 South to the Haymarket Exit. Turn right on New Chardon Street and take your first left onto Congress Street at the traffic lights. Continue on Congress past Faneuil Hall on your left and Boston City Hall on your right. At the next intersection (Congress and State Streets) you will see the Old State House on your right. FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-93 North and keep right in the South Station underpass and exit at the sign for Atlantic Avenue. Stay to the left on Atlantic and make a left turn at the State Street traffic light (New England Aquarium is on the right). The Old State House is directly ahead in the middle of State Street.