National Archives at Boston, Waltham

The stories of our nation and our people are told in the documents maintained in the National Archives. The National Archives at Boston (in Waltham, MA) is one of 13 regional facilities where the public has free access to the permanent archival records of our federal government. These facilities hold the essential evidence of the workings of our nation’s government and its interactions with the people. We are a repository and a center for research in genealogy and historical records from Federal agencies and courts in New England. Reference staff is available to assist visitors as they use the electronic databases, microfilm, and original records. For information and cool documents, check out For reference questions, contact For urgent reference related to the rights and benefits of your citizenship, contact us at 866-406-2379. We’re your source for our nation’s history!

As of August 13, 2015, our hours are:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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View our Facebook comment policy on the National Archives website at

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) manages this Facebook fan page as a portal for information from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. However, information posted here is not official policy of NARA and will in no way grant anyone any rights, privileges, or standing on any matter. All information should be verified through official channels at NARA. For contact information at NARA, please check

Facebook Comment Policy:

You are encouraged to share your comments, ideas, and concerns. Please be aware of the following policies for the National Archives' Facebook fan page:

• NARA will only post comments from users over 13 years of age that relate to topics on the specific fan page subject matter.

• NARA will delete comments that contain abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups.

• NARA will delete comments that are clearly off-topic, that promote services or products, or that promote or oppose any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition.

• Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in the comment being removed.

• Communications made via the Facebook fan page will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or comment to the NARA or any official or employee of NARA for any purpose.

• The content of all comments is immediately released into the public domain, so do not submit anything you do not wish to be broadcast to the general public.

• Do not post personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers. Comments containing this information will be removed from the Facebook fan page wall.

• NARA does not discriminate against any views, but reserves the right to remove posted comments that do not adhere to these standards.

Members of the media are asked to pose your questions to the NARA Public Affairs Office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Media questions or comments will not be posted. NARA Public Affairs can be reached at 202-357-5300

Facebook Privacy Policy:

This site is not hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration and thus the privacy policies of NARA do NOT apply. The privacy policy for this web site may be found at NARA retains records of the content on the NARA portion of this site, as is provided for in our records retention schedules and mandated by the Federal Records Act. These records include user comments and any personally identifiable information a commenter shares with NARA. Because these records are collected from a public web site, it may be disclosed to others and used by NARA in the conduct of agency business. Please do not share information such as social security numbers, birth dates, or other private information that you do not want to make available to others. NARA disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

Information about NARA activities and other methods to communicate with NARA are also available on NARA's official web page at, along with archival photos, videos and other documents. The privacy policy for may be found there.
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  • This is the regional office of the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses a large collection of Federal Census, ship arrivals in the port of Boston, etc., all on microfilm. It used...  more »
  • Excellent source of real physical documents for family research. But you have to know how to use them and prepare before you arrive. Also understand all the rules and regulations which they fully...  more »
  • This place is great if they hold records you are interested in. I have gone here for many years on and off depending on what I am researching. They have been doing a lot of work organizing records over the years. The staff is very professional, and glad to help. I actually prefer them to many of people working at the main facilities in DC. Too bad I cannot take them with me when I go there. A tip for new Researchers: E-mail them in advance and tell them what you are looking for. They may not be able to weed through to find the exact record you seek, but they can make sure you have the right haystack in front of you when you arrive, or save you a trip.

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