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Secretary of the Commonwealth: Historical Records and Preservation

N6 Massachusetts Archives

N7 Commonwealth Museum

N8 State Records Center

N9 Records Conservation Board

N10 Massachusetts Historical Commission


N6 Massachusetts Archives
Archives Division
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3384
Tel: 617-727-2816
Fax: 617-288-8429
www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm
E-mail: archives@sec.state.ma.us

The Archives Division is responsible for the custody, preservation, and management of the permanently valuable non-current records of the Commonwealth. Records of particular note include legislative materials from 1629 to the present, maps and plans, military muster rolls, state and federal census records, and birth, marriage, and death registers dating from 1841 through 1915. The research of Archives patrons focuses on a broad range of genealogical, historical, legal, and administrative topics. The Archives Research Room is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and closed on major holidays.


N7 Commonwealth Museum
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3384
Tel: 617-727-9268
Fax: 617-825-3613
www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/musidx.htm
E-mail: commonwealthmuseum@sec.state.ma.us

Massachusetts. Call for a listing of educational materials, traveling exhibits, and special programs. The museum which offers free admission is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and closed on major holidays.


N8 State Records Center
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3384
Tel: 617-727-2470
Fax: 617-288-4505
www.sec.state.ma.us/rec/recidx.htm
E-mail: brian.shea@sec.state.ma.us

The State Records Center at Columbia Point is the storage facility for non-current records of the Commonwealth. These records which come from state agencies are infrequently referenced. The retention period for records stored in the center is either set by statute or determined by the Records Conservation Board.


N9 Records Conservation Board
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3384
Tel: 617-727-2816

The Records Conservation Board is administratively located within the Archives Division of the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. It was established to set standards for the management of state agency records and to ensure the orderly flow of records into and out of agency files. Records of an agency of the Commonwealth may not be destroyed without the prior permission of the board.


N10 Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC)
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3314
Tel: 617-727-8470
Fax: 617-727-5128
www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcidx.htm
E-mail: mhc@sec.state.ma.us

The Massachusetts Historical Commission  is the agency responsible for administering historic preservation funds and programs. Established to encourage the identification and protection of our cultural heritage, the MHC works closely with local historical commissions in developing their preservation plans. Through the MHC, local commissions can propose properties for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. MHC is also the office of the State Archaeologist.


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