The National Archives at Boston

The National Archives at Boston

Serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Address

The National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts
02452-6399

Toll Free Telephone: (866) 406-2379
Telephone: (781) 663-0144
Fax: (781) 663-0154
E-mail: boston.archives@nara.gov

Free WiFi available in our public research rooms!

Reminder to our Researchers: The National Archives has ten business days to respond to all off-site reference requests.

Hours

NOTE: We will be closed September 10, 2014

Reference (Computer/Microfilm)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Research (Original Records)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Note: We do not pull original records after 4:00 PM)

Closed weekends and Federal holidays

Directions

Driving Directions to the National Archives in Boston.

From the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90)

Traveling east, take Exit 14 onto Route 128/I-95N. Go north . Take Exit 28A-Belmont onto Trapelo Road. Follow Trapelo Road for 2.8 miles. The National Archives at Boston is on the right.

From the South

Travel on Route 128N or 95N to 128/I-95N. Go north . Take Exit 28A-Belmont onto Trapelo Road. Follow Trapelo Road for 2.8 miles. The National Archives at Boston is on the right.

From the North

Take Route 128/I-95S. Go south. Take Exit 28-Trapelo Road. Turn left onto Trapelo Road. Follow Trapelo Road for 2.8 miles. The National Archives at Boston is on the right.

Traveling by Public Transportation

Take the MBTA commuter rail (Fitchburg line) or the MBTA bus from Harvard Square, Cambridge, to Waverly Square, Belmont. Take a cab or walk one mile west on Trapelo Road. The National Archives at Boston is on the left.

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Document of the Month

  • The National Archives at Boston holds 35,000 cubic feet of historic records. Here's one for your enjoyment.

    Seamen's Proof of Citizenship, Herman Melville, 20 Dec 1841; RG 36 Records of the US Customs Service; National Archives at Boston.

    Learn more

    See our previous features in
    Documents of the Month

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In the event of inclement weather:

  • For announcements of closure or delay, call 866-406-2379 or 781-663-0130.

Upcoming Workshops for Researchers

  • On July 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM, Passenger Lists, Censuses, & Naturalizations: The Big 3 Sources for Family History
    Learn more

Upcoming Workshops for Educators

  • May 1, 2014 6-8 P.M. Past is Prologue: 21st-century Access to Historical Records. Explore online resources and use/create computer-based activities using DocsTeach! Bring Your Devices. Free.
  • June 5, 2014 6-8 P.M. Research Methods: Original Records. Work with original records from the Archives; learn research methods and apply these methods to teaching & learning. Free.
  • July 9-10, 2014 Two-day Summer institute Visualizing Immigration: Using primary sources, maps, & data at teaching tools. Location: Boston Public Library. Free. Grad credit & pdp's available.
  • July 21-26, 2014 Primarily Teaching. Weeklong workshop of presentations, independent research with original documents, and curriculum develop. Location: National Archives, Waltham, MA. $100 materials fee; grad credit, pdp’s, generous stipend available.

For info or to register: boston.education@nara.gov

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