Boston-Area Repositories List, Harvard University Libraries.Compiled by librarians at Harvard, this guide serves as an outstanding guide to Boston-area libraries and repositories. The annotated descriptions of some institutions are especially useful. Please note: the guide does include many annotations of Harvard library holdings which are not accessible to the B.U. community. Nevertheless, the guide provides an important gateway to the rich library resources in the Boston area.
Boston Athenaeum ArchiveThe Athenæum maintains not only its own but also the institutional archive of two earlier Boston cultural institutions, the Anthology Society and the Boston Library Society; the Boston Library Society merged with the Athenæum in 1939. The Boston Library Society records include information on early members, catalogs, and reading lists from this early Boston institution. The Anthology Society records chronicle the evolution of a small group of scholars who became the founders of the
Boston Athenæum. As the founders and proprietors of the Athenæum were also the dynamic builders of Federal Boston, the Athenæum archive preserves crucial records relative to 18th- and early 19th-century literary and cultural development in the city. Taken together, this archive provides a complete and unbroken record of Boston’s cultural development from 1792 to the present day.
Guide to the Records in the [Boston] City Archives"The historical information in the Guide was derived from multiple sources including city records, municipal registers, and laws and ordinances. The index includes alternate names, subordinate departments/divisions, as well as, obsolete or predecessor department/committee/program names."
The Insurance Library"Founded in 1887, the Insurance Library Association of Boston is the leading resource for and provider of literature, information services, and quality professional education for the insurance industry and related interests."
Collection includes Sanborn fire insurance maps, historical insurance journals, and books. Underwriters proceedings from as far back as 1866 and Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner Reports starting from the mid-1800's. Journals include Rough Notes, National Underwriter, and Best publications going back to the mid 1900's.
Massachusetts Historical Society Library Collections"The Massachusetts Historical Society collects manuscripts—the letters, diaries, and other personal papers of individuals and families. While the Society holds many famous documents—Paul Revere's own account of his famous ride and manuscript copies of the Declaration of Independence by both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, for example... "
University of Massachusetts Boston Healey Library Archives & Special Collections"...materials related to the university's history, as well as materials that reflect the university's urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations and local history related to neighboring communities."