About the Library

Since 1881, the Society has collected, preserved, and made accessible for research a wide range of materials relating to the history of Boston. As we approach the 250th celebrations of the American Revolution, we are committed to sharing scholarship that promotes our core mission.

Highlights of our library collection include sources on New England and Boston history, colonial history and the American Revolution, city directories from 1789 onward, and Massachusetts Revolutionary War military records. The archives has a wide selection of historical documents, including manuscript collections, financial records, broadsides, maps and plans, and newspapers.  The library also maintains a large photography collection, which documents Boston from the 1850s to the present day.

Search our online catalog to learn more about our holdings. 


Support the Library and Collection

The library and museum are currently not accepting any donations, except those relating to the 18th century and the American Revolution. The library and museum cannot accept unsolicited donations through the mail or in person without prior approval by staff and we reserve the right to dispose of unsolicited items. Please contact our staff before sending a donation or with any questions.  

Learn more about our adopt an artifact program.