A Formal Introduction

A Formal Introduction

For just a few more weeks, the archives exhibit case in the Old State House will feature a display of letters of introduction. Nowadays, an introduction is easy to facilitate but in the 1700s and 1800s, the process was a bit more formal, at least for the upper class.

A new strike off an old plate: the 1970 version of Paul Revere's print

A new strike off an old plate: the 1970 version of Paul Revere's print

In 1970, the Imprint Society approached the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Archivist of the Commonwealth with a request to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Boston Massacre by releasing restrikes taken from Revere's original plate.

James Bowdoin and the Boston Massacre

James Bowdoin and the Boston Massacre

In honor of the upcoming 247th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, our staff have placed a portrait of James Bowdoin (1726-1790) on view in Representatives Hall.

Honoring the Legacy of a Black Patriot

Honoring the Legacy of a Black Patriot

In celebration of Black History Month, we are featuring one of three pewter plates belonging to Jeffrey Hartwell, a black man who was born into slavery c. 1751 and served at some of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War. 

The archives: an invaluable resource for historians

The archives: an invaluable resource for historians

Archives are a very important resource for historians, with most if not all scholars undertaking archival research at some point in their lives. By looking through sources from the time, historians can often verify or confirm newfound ideas and arguments.