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Boston Children’s Museum Archives

The purpose of the Museum’s Archives is to collect, preserve, and make accessible over 105 years’ worth of Boston Children’s Museum’s noncurrent records to its employees and researchers. The Archives manages significant records and materials, which reflect the Museum’s origins, development, activities, and achievements of its officers, employees, and benefactors. It furthers an appreciation and an enduring understanding of the Museum’s history and importance.

The Archives consists of both physical and digital records from correspondences, publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, clippings, organizational papers, ephemera, and various other types. Records in the Archives encompass the history of the Museum, the museum field, the education field, the City of Boston and its neighborhoods, children and families in 20th and 21st century, interpretation to family audiences, and the relationship between Boston and Kyoto. By preserving records that reflect the activities of Boston Children’s Museum, the Archives ensures records’ authenticity and availability for current and future generations to discover.

The Archives aids employees and affiliates of Museum, researchers, and scholars. The Archives encourages the use of the materials within its collections to further education and understanding in interdisciplinary fields. It serves as an essential resource for scholarship by Museum staff, scholars, researchers, students, and artists as it provides support in order to enrich, enhance, and fulfill the Museum’s educational mission and vision.

Archival Collections

Below are a list of featured collections that are available for research.

pdf Japan Collection
pdf James Baird Notebook
pdf Multicultural Celebrations Collection
pdf Science Teachers Bureau and Children’s Museum Bill Binder
pdf Burroughs Street Building Collection
pdf Ledger Books Collection
pdf Annual Reports Collection
pdf Articles of Incorporation
pdf Board of Trustees Collection
pdf Building Records Collection
pdf President's Records Collection
pdf Scrapbook Collection
pdf Kits Collection


Boston Children’s Museum Archives actively collects materials relating to the Museum’s history. If you have materials you would like to donate, please contact the Archives Coordinator. Due to limited space, all gifts and donations are reviewed before acceptance.

How to Use the Archives

Boston Children’s Museum Archives are available for research. Please contact the Collections department with your request. Please include a summary of your project and a description of materials being sought.

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