Special Collections

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA)
141 Cambridge Street
Boston MA , 02114
FAX: (617)227-9204
Institution Contact(s):
  Lorna Condon, Curator of Library and Archives (617)227-3956 ext. 225 Ann Clifford, Assistant Archivist (617)227-3956 ext. 226
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Optelec (magnification viewer)
Other Services:
  Coat room/lockers Gift shop
Journals: "Old Time New England" (SPNEA Newsletter)
Name: Library and Archives
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Lorna Condon, Curator of Library Archives (617)227-3957 ext. 225
Hours: By appointment only W-F 9:30AM-4:45PM
Collections: 7
Formats: 600 linear feet of manuscripts 440 linear feet of archives 1,200 maps 350,000 photographs 84 linear feet of pamphlets 20 linear feet of microforms 183 audio tapes 107 video tapes 50 oral histories 84 linear feet of ephemera 1,600 art works 17 reels of newspaper clippings 1 linear foot of newspaper clippings 2,000 rare books 20,000 architectural drawings
Collection Description:
  Photographs (Carte-de-visite Collection, Daguerreotype Collection, Landscape Architecture (MA only), Photographic Albums, Portrait Albums, Transit Collection, White Mountain Collection, Harold Stearns Davis Collection of New
Architectural Drawing (Frank Chouteau Brown Collection, George Clough Collection, Ogden Codman Collection, Robert Allen Cook Collection, Arland Dirlam Collection, Halfdan Hanson Collection, Little and Brown Collection)
Manuscripts (Bowen Family Papers, Casey Family Papers, Codman Family Papers, Coffin Family Papers, Jewett Family Papers, Marrett Family Papers, Business Papers of Harrison Gray Otis, Parson Smith Papers, Rundlet-May Family Pa
Original Artwork
Prints and Engravings (Prints of Boston and Vicinity, Edwin Whitefield Collection)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval User/entrance fee required
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff Self-service copying for a fee Institution will produce microfilm copies for a fee Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guides for manuscript collection Guide to photographic collection Specialized indexes
Directions: Take Storrow Drive to the Government Center / Cambridge Street exit. Proceed up Cambridge Street for about 1/4 mile. The Otis House is on the left side. Street parking is limited. Harrison Gray Otis House is at the foot of Beacon Hill, next to Old West Church. The entrance is on Lynde Street. It is an easy walk from the following "T" stops; Charles St./MGH, Bowdion Square (closed weekends), and Government Center.